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James Cameron's epic sci-fi fantasy film released in 2009.

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Avatar – a woman scientist's view of the movie

  • Jan 23, 2010
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+5
First of all, it is stunningly beautiful.  The computer genius it took to produce will being helping everyday technology along for years to come. My daughter the biology major and I both were awed and intrigued by the detail of the plant life. The face painter in me saw some beautiful paintwork in the detailing of the avatar that can be traced back to early 2000’s and the rise of some awesome body and face painting artists in Europe. Looking at the faces of  of the Na’Vi tribe and I can the correlation between that and Face Painting magazines featured artists from years ago.

 I have seen other takes on the film and I think they are by far too simplistic. It has the Native American theme of a native tribe invaded. But it also has the nerd vs athlete theme. Anyone in the scientific community can relate, but also people snubbed by the scientific elite for not having the right pedigree of degrees. The twist this time was the lead scientist was a woman. That says something about how far American culture has come. The Neanderthal man wasn’t so Neanderthal after all. It takes brains to organize like the lead character did. It had other women saviors in it. The woman pilot was the best on the planet. The young alien woman taught the leader how to survive. It valued women throughout the movie. As far the native American theme, well this time they won. Another parallelism I saw was that big money and greed didn’t win. Think the wall street caused mess our economy is in now.

The movie had a lot going on and best of all it was a feel good movie. If you are trying to ditch the blahs and take a break from life, this movie is must see. It just made you feel like good can triumph. It was just what I needed 732 miles from home on a Saturday night.

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February 26, 2010
I was offended by the woman scientist chain-smoking throughout. One can assume that by that time smoking no longer caused cancer, but why she contaminated very delicate equipment amazed me. I can't fathom what Cameron thought the smoking added to the gestalt or the message of the film. Any researcher who lit up in any lab I have ever been in would have found herself in a new career long before she got her undergraduate degree.
 
February 26, 2010
{{{ But it also has the nerd vs athlete theme. }}} Almost no one mentions that. That is largely why I like Stargate Atlantis so much. But the class structured economic power game depends on keeping lower classes ignorant. Why should education be expensive with $400 netbooks more powerful than 1980 mainframes? That is the peculiar thing about most science fiction set more than 100 years in the future. Asimov wrote this in 1951. http://users.aber.ac.uk/dgc/funtheyhad.html But it looks like his vision is 150 years late. We haven't had the real computer revolution yet. How are the schools going to stop it?
 
January 26, 2010
hey, I hadn't thought about the feminist aspect of the film! Thanks for pointing it out! and yes, i agree that the woman pilot rocked big time!
 
January 24, 2010
Great ideas and themes mentioned in this review. You have said much about the movie that I wanted to say as well. I'm still contemplating on whether I will write a review on this one. I just feel that I need to see this movie more than one time to adequately express my sentiments toward it.
 
January 23, 2010
Great review, Mary!  I love how you pointed out how fierce all of the women in Avatar are!  I absolutely loved Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez in this.  One of my favorite scenes in this has got to be Michelle Rodriguez's character flying for the other team with war paint on.  Thanks for sharing, Mary!  The followers of the Movie Community will be sure to appreciate this :)
 
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Avatar is a 2009 American science fiction epic film written and directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. The film is set in the year 2154, when humans are mining a precious mineral called unobtanium on Pandora, a lush moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na'vi—a sentient humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film's title refers to the genetically engineered Na'vi and human hybrid bodies used by several human characters to interact with the natives of Pandora.


Development on Avatar began in 1994, when Cameron wrote an 80-page scriptment for the film. Filming was supposed to take place after the completion of Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, for a planned release in 1999, but according to Cameron, the necessary technology was not yet available to achieve his vision of the film. Work on the language for the film's extraterrestrial beings began in summer 2005, and Cameron began developing the screenplay and fictional universe in early 2006.

Avatar was officially budgeted at US$237 million. Other estimates put the cost between $280 million and $310 million for production, and at $150 million for promotion. The film was released for traditional two-dimensional projectors, as well as in 3-D, using the RealD 3D, Dolby 3D, XpanD 3D and IMAX 3D formats, and also in ...

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Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: December 18, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: James Cameron
Runtime: 162 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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