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

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The Greatest Science Fiction Epic of All Time!

  • Dec 18, 2009
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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 sci-fi movie, this film takes a very deep look into mankind's nature to destroy whatever it touches.  While a close friend will say that this film was like Fern Gully for adults, it's a massive understatement.  While James Cameron has made a really deep film about human nature, this is also his 30 year answer to Star Wars as he has created a world with endless dreams and possibilities.  I'm proud to say that this is the best film I have ever seen.

It's the year 2154.  Man has ventured out into space.  Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a former US Marine is assigned to Pandora, a lush world full of both beautiful and frightening life forms that is home to a rare mineral called unobtainium that helps keep Earth's power running.  Pandora is also home to the Na'vi, a race of ten foot tall blue humanoids who are connected to the planet spiritually through their deity, Eywa. Jake's brother was originally part of the Avatar program, but was knifed to death back on Earth.  Since Jake shares the identical genome required to merge with an Avatar, a genetically engineered human-Na'vi hybrid, he reluctantly joins the program under the supervision of Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver).  Unable to walk after suffering a military injury, Jake is thrilled when he realizes he can walk again through his Avatar's body.  When Jake accidentally gets lost in the jungles of Pandora he comes across Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), one of the native Na'vi.  Seeing something special in Jake after a sign from Eywa, Neytiri brings him among her people and is integrated into their society.

Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), who Jake also reports to, sees this integration into the Na'vi society as an opportunity to gain key intel on how to bring down the Great Tree, the core of Na'vi society, which also happens to sit on top of the planets largest deposit of unobtanium.  As Jake starts to emotionally get connected to the Na'vi and their ways, Neytiri in particular, he gets caught between the two worlds.  As the military prepare for an assault on the Great Tree, Jake realizes where his loyalties now lie...but it may be to late.

Epic.  It's the only word that does Avatar justice.  James Cameron gave us such a unique story on such a unique world with such epic proportions that you can't help but fall in love with this film.  The best thing he ever thought of was releasing this movie in 3D.  No other film has ever transported you into the story like Avatar has.  Whether that was the ash that seemed to be falling on top of you or the light up jellyfish like insects that were oh so beautiful flying past your eyes, it made you want to reach out and touch them.  When you think about dreaming, it's almost like being transported to another reality and Avatar literally put you inside this lush dream world that Cameron has created.  So many films these days are billed as 3D and almost always tend to be anything but.  It's no wonder that Mr. Cameron is up for awards already for revolutionizing the technology.  If the 3D world he created is the future of film, then I am really excited.

What James Cameron also depicted very well was how the future won't be like how we imagine it.  There won't be any fancy starships named Enterprise; space travel will be in bulky ships and still take a very long time.  Despite the fact that Avatar takes place 140 years in the future, the technology featured in the film was not all that different then it is now.  The military gunships still used jets and propellers and there were no laser beams of any sort.  Avatar stays very true to the technology that the military has today or will have in the very near future.  Sure there were pop-up 3D screens, but how far is that away?  I would bet not very.  The film also made sure to point out that despite what ever future we end up having, economy will always be an issue which Sam Worthington's character points out very specifically.  While the technology to fix his spine was available, the money wasn't.  It's so very unique how a film like Avatar which has so many aspects of science fiction and fantasy, can stay so true to our own world's current affairs.

Take away the realism of throwing in Earth's current crisis', Avatar is the best science fiction epic of all time, which is backed up by an incredible cast.  No other sci-fi film or series has come close to creating such an original and fascinating species like the Na'vi.  A race of blue aliens who are spiritually connected with their planet, Pandora.  James Cameron has created something in the Na'vi that is so beautiful and spiritual that even thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes.  The fact that these creatures connected with both the plant and animal life all the way to their very core was enlightening to watch.  The passion that radiated from Neytiri and her people made you want to chear along with them during battle or be a part of the spiritual connection they had with their world when thing were not right.  I have never, ever felt a connection with film characters more than I did with the Na'vi.

Behind this majestic film was one of the best cast of characters ever to hit a movie theater screen.  While Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Michelle Rodriguez are not big household names, the way in which theses actors bonded to make these characters believable is amazing.  I don't mention Sigourney Weaver here for the sheer fact that, while she was really good, these younger actors blew her away.  They were so much better in more ways that one.  Sam Worthington making Jake's struggle to leave human life behind to fully embrace the Na'vi culture so powerful and real is one example.  Despite the fact that the man needs to work on his American accent, it didn't matter as he stole the show.  Zoe Saldana, who you don't actually get to see, making the character of Neytiri so easy to love and feel for was right there with Sam Worthington.  And while she didn't have a lot to do in Avatar, Michelle Rodriguez's character Trudy was great as well as you could truly feel her pain as she left the battlefield.  Mind you she's playing a soldier who was taught never to leave an engagement, yet knowing very well who the real good guys were.

From a truly original and heart wrenching story to yet another beautiful score from James Horner, Avatar will no doubt be called the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars of this generation.  The fact is though that Avatar blows those epic films out of the water.  With such an amazing world and doors left wide open, Avatar is in a realm of endless possibilities.  With sequels already promised from James Cameron, the story of Jake Sully and the Na'vi is just getting started.  Don't believe that a movie can be truly as perfect as I say it is?  Go out and see it this weekend.  You won't look at movies the same way ever again.  I take my hat off to you James Cameron; you have restored my faith that movies can be fun and original once again.  Avatar gets a Great Tree hugging 5/5!
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January 30, 2010
I am thinking about seeing this but not sure if it clean enough fo my daughter.
 
January 20, 2010
I saw the movie and posted my review. While I thought it was a very good movie and had great CGI and the 3D helped, the story was not original (Pochohantas, Dances With Wolves, The Last Samuari) which prevented me from giving it an "epic" status. The cast was good but maybe not as good as the original Matrix which I still consider the best Scifi film to date. The length of the movie made it difficult for old guys like me to keep on those 3D glasses more than two hours. For future viewings I intend to watch it in regular HD.
 
January 12, 2010
I thought it was so excellent. A lot of people were saying how this is the Star Wars of our generation, and I don't know what to say about that, because I never got into Star Wars.
January 13, 2010
Glad you enjoyed it! You should check out the first Star Wars movie if you never have to just to compare it to Avatar!
 
December 28, 2009
Great review! I love your enthusiasm on this one, albeit I have to say it still remains to be seen if it will exceed the Majesty of Lord of the Rings. Saw this twice now; one w/out 3D (to really get into the movie w/out the gimmick) and the second time in 3D on Christmas Day. The 3D experience was excellent.
 
December 23, 2009
I agree with you 100%. I saw the movie yesterday and that experience stays with you. I want to see it again. The 3 D effects were unreal! Nice review by the way!
 
December 20, 2009
Congratulations, very well-written.
 
December 19, 2009
To say that it's the best sci-fi epic movie ever is quite the claim, but I think your review manages to back up your opinion beautifully. Well done. I'm not much of a moviegoer (the last "epic" I enjoyed was the "Lord of the Ring" series) but this one convinces me to put Avatar on my must-see list. Great job!
December 20, 2009
Thanks a lot! Ya, I honestly believe that this beats Lord of the Rings and Star Wars by a fine margin. :)
January 30, 2010
I've seen it now and I only half agree with you. Avatar beats the stuffings out of LOTR and Star Wars for film-making. But I think the story line of LOTR is miles in front of Avatar. Mind you, that's Tolkien's doing, not the film director's.
 
December 19, 2009
Just saw it - couldn't agree more. Mindblowing in every respect. I can't get the imagery out of my head.
 
December 19, 2009
Great Review. You did not pull any punches and really did a great job explaining why you feel it's the best film ever.
 
December 19, 2009
Excellent review! I have been planning on seeing this one. Now I' m even more jazzed about checking it out. Again enjoyed your review. Joe
December 19, 2009
Thanks, Joe! It really is amazing and I think being in the service, you'll also have an appreciation for it!
 
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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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