Avatar (2009 film)

647 Ratings: 3.3
James Cameron's epic sci-fi fantasy film released in 2009.

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 … see full wiki

Director: James Cameron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: December 18, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
65 reviews about Avatar (2009 film)
review by . December 29, 2009
Avatar: relegates Lord of the Rings to 'old hat'
 I bow to our friend, who prefaced his astonished and profound appreciation of the Avatar movie with "It drives me nuts.." (that they have to include the dominator thing.....) "But...."      The conversation that ensued resulted in all 8 of us (4 couples) going to IMax for the experience (that one couple's second viewing). We came out of there with 'sea legs' and we're still re-orienting.      It's significant in my little Universe …
review by . December 18, 2009
The Greatest Science Fiction Epic of All Time!
James Cameron has outdone himself!  He may have actually outdone the whole entire film industry.  Never in my life have I seen a film so brilliant and beautiful that it made me rethink the whole way in which I look at film.  Avatar is what movies are all about; transporting you into the film and making you feel as if you're really there.  Mr. Cameron has accomplished that with they way in which he has revolutionized the 3D genre of filmmaking.  Avatar isn't just another …
review by . December 19, 2009
Watching Avatar is in every way as impressive as when you first saw the dirty spaceships in Star Wars or - I would imagine - seeing color or hearing sound on celluloid for the first time. It's not so much that you haven't see 3D before - previously, it's always felt like its purpose is to continually poke you in the eye with objects - but this time, it immerses the viewer in a way that breaks down the barrier between where the edges of the film stop and the audience sits.      …
review by . January 23, 2010
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 …
review by . December 20, 2009
Breathing New Life into Occupied Territory
If you've seen Dances with Wolves, The Last Samurai, Glory, 10,000 BC or any movie where an indigenous population is roused to rebellion with the help of a sympathetic white defector who might also represent the enemy then you haven't seen Avatar. I say "haven't" because where James Cameron's imagination soars is that he's taken this highly treaded theme and turned it into a work of science-fiction. If it's been done before in this genre, I haven't seen it.      I don't …
review by . January 12, 2010
posted in MovieSucktastic
 Is “Not Bad” good enough?      That’s really the question when it comes to assessing the quality of Avatar, James Cameron’s first film in over a decade. His first major theatrical release since Titanic, it has been obvious for a long time that Cameron and the studios had every intention of making Avatar as much of a blockbuster epic as its Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio-starring predecessor.    After two successful …
review by . January 05, 2010
AVATAR is no TITANIC
   Okay, I know I'm going to get a lot of opposing opinions but this is my opinion of Avatar.   I don't normally do movie reviews but felt compelled to do so in the case of the new movie "Avatar" which my wife and I recently drove twenty miles from our home to watch. Some theaters around the country show the movie in 3D (with the glasses) but that isn't available in our area. First, let me clarify that this movie was created by the very talented and successful producer/director …
review by . January 04, 2010
Simply put James Cameron's "Avatar" is terrible.  The story is one cliche after another, with plot elements that all worked better in previous movies.  Basically this film is "Dances With Wolves" with substantially better graphics but with a story that is a mere shadow of Kevin Costner's touching and powerful Academy Award winning film.  Everything is telegraphed well in advance, from the total lack of subtelty in the foreshadowing of the Toruk to …
review by . December 21, 2009
The late 2009 big buzz in movies is a scifi action film called AVATAR.  The plot is the classic big guy against the little guy, underdog theme.  It is reminiscent of how Native Americans are portrayed as being victims of European expansionism.  An "avatar" is a character controlled by another person, much like any video game you might play -- the character you control is an avatar.  It follows your commands, but when you stop telling it what to do, it does nothing.  …
review by . March 25, 2011
posted in Forbidden Planet
The long awaited James Cameron film Avatar hit theaters this past weekend. While opening weekend raked in an estimated $77 million in domestic ticket sales and an additional $159 million in ticket sales in 106 countries overseas -- excluding Japan and China who are still to come. This weekend Avatar did reach the #9 spot for All Time Worldwide Opening Records and the #2 spot for Top December Opening Weekend Records. However, some reports have come in saying that the blizzard that hit the east coast …
review by . June 05, 2010
   The recent blockbuster, "Avatar" has gained loads of attention with regard to its brilliant blend of fantasy and reality.  Through surreal graphics and a provocative storyline, the film kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  I was so enthralled that I completely forgot about the clunky, expensive, 3-D glasses donned on my face!  Nevertheless, as much as I enjoyed the screening,  I left feeling disappointed with the ending.      …
review by . July 17, 2010
I'm not really into scifi movies but was hearing the hype about this movie from all my friends. My husband and I decided to check it out in 3D ofcourse making it quite the movie "experience." I absolutely loved the graphics and visuals and the story line was very moving as well. What struck me the most was paraplegic Jack Sulley's new ability to walk and run as he is granted a mental link with a scientifically created Na'vi human hybrid and the freedom he finds living and interacting …
review by . April 16, 2010
posted in All Things 3-D
3D Movies are nothing new. They've been around for quite a while. But they have never quite seemed to fulfill their full potential. In the past, most 3D movies were quite gimmicky... used primarily for shock value (like sharp objects, blood, birds... being thrown at the screen).  All of us 3D enthusiasts have been waiting for that one big film that not only looks gorgeous in 3D, but tells a great story and gets us pulled into the scenes... as if we were standing inside that world.  A film …
Quick Tip by . October 30, 2010
Only in 3D. I won't bother watching this movie if it's not.
review by . October 09, 2010
Once in a while a movie comes along that manages to encapsulate an entire subset of human experience within 2 - 3 hours of on-screen entertainment. The Ten Commandments with Charleton Heston is a good example of such a film, along with Gandhi and Ben Hur. I would put Avatar into this discussion, as it is that great of a movie. The plot is simple enough; in the far future mankind has discovered a planet rich with a valuable resource. Mankind has sent its military to acquire this resource. The military …
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
Very good movie, great acting, I like the story and actors
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
what can I say - eye-popping but predictable flick set a new standard for CGI.
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
The world created in this movie is incredible! I would love to live on pandora. James Cameron did a great job at utilizing the 3D tech.
review by . July 21, 2010
   Avatar is very clean on the eyes. And impresses the audience with it's stunning animations. It is a story of a marine that is put into another dimension to cooperate with the Navi community in order to build and co-exist with the humans.      The main character ends up not just wanting to co-exist, but live with them without the humans interference.      Long story short, it's a great movie to see with the family, and if you see it in …
Quick Tip by . August 04, 2010
Be prrepared this is a long movie a good movie but get your snacks up front
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
This movie was excellent, not only were there stunning effects but there was an outstanding plot line that made me want to watch it over and over.
review by . July 26, 2010
James Cameron has made the most fun, exhilarating thriller movie of the year. I came into the theater, remembering the critics praise and the buzz of everyone saying that the movie was awesome. So I had high expectations, but I mean really really high. Even with such high expectation, the movie manages to exceed them.      The plot is simple. But in a way it’s organized and crafted superbly, you are guaranteed to have fun. Yes it’s a little bit obvious but do not …
Quick Tip by . July 25, 2010
Visual crack, decent story, way too loooong. Definitely not Cameron's best work in my opinion, but well worth a watch.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
i love the way the humans try to relate to the others. i think that jack or whatever his name was found the one place he was really looking for.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
After never watching it in theaters (against the recommendations of everyone I knew who HAD seen it), I finally got around to watching this. It was a decent movie and I'd recommend people to watch it - I'm guessing since I missed out on all the cool and epic 3D effects, I'm missing part of what makes this such a big hit, but for me it was just a decent film.
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