Ex-church member Marc Headley says Will Smith’s latest contains language, concepts and imagery plucked directly from the L. Ron Hubbard playbook.
I grew up in Scientology and worked at their international Sea Organization headquarters for 15 years. In 2005, I managed a desperate escape, which only succeeded thanks to the local county authorities. I wrote about my experiences in my best-selling book, Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.
Who better, then, to investigate the whole Scientology debate surrounding After Earth, the new sci-fi movie from M. Night Shyamalan starring Will and Jaden Smith, than a former Scientologist — one who’s received counseling from Tom Cruise himself? I am in no way “glib” on the subject; I’ve done the research.
I saw the movie After Earth and took notes on any parallels or “coincidental” similarities to Scientology teachings. While most of the movie involves following Jaden Smith’s character as he faces off against apes, a large, angry bird and a leech, (none of which have much to do with Scientology — besides maybe the leech), most of the Scientology influences play out in the film’s dialogue.
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