Once you get past the not so nuanced play against the capitalistic mindset, the movie is really a remarkable feat. You have seen movies where the computer generated characters are a bit wobbly and fake looking, but this movie almost has it down to a believable point. As a matter of fact, since the alien race is supposed to be much like the Native Americans, expect to see some implied nudity.
Now, I know there has been and will be some controversy over the apparent promotion of paganism, as the alien race is very religious or "spiritual" in an evironmentalist way -- but again, if we were recounting the history and culture of the Native Americans, to leave out this aspect would not be framing the entire story. However, I have noticed something interesting in space-based scifi flicks and tv shows -- humanity seems to never really believe anything. Are humans to be thought of as having no faith? I mean, society has been for centuries trying to downplay if not altogether expunge religion and especially Christianity from the human record. Yet, we see movies and tv shows that fault humanity for being disconnected from "spirituality". The true history of humanity, especially Europeans is that of a people so connected to a spiritual sense, that it permeated everything. But for centuries, the elites in societies have shunned that spiritual sense and promoted instead a cold, calculated "scientific" approach. I just find it a bit ironic if not hypocritical that those same elites are now faulting humanity for not being a spiritual race.
Past all of that, the movie in my opinion ranks as one of the best scifi action movies. And I suspect AVATAR is really the first of a new kind of film where computer generated characters and scenes will dominate. I even suspect in the near future, live actors will give way to computer generated actors. Let's see the paparazzi chase that.
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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 ...