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

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AVATAR is no TITANIC

  • Jan 5, 2010
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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 James Cameron. I consider his epic film "Titanic" to be one of the best movies ever made. That being said, I had high expectations for "Avatar". What a letdown it turned out to be. The story is very similar to what we Americans did to the Indians during the earlier times of this country. The military was definitely portrayed in a negative light. The tone of the film was often dark, depressing and overly violent. I didn't really feel much of an emotional attachment to any of the characters and since Sigourney Weaver is so well known for her Ripley character in the "Aliens" movies, I felt  like I was watching some bizarre continuation of that series. For me, "Titanic" was a much more impressive movie. Maybe young people who play lots of video games might think Avatar was a visually "cool" movie because it has a kind of video game look about it but this lengthy film(which cost over 200 million to make) was just not worth the $25.00 my wife and I spent at the theater and even after it comes to DVD and finally TV, I will probably never watch this movie again.
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January 28, 2010
I wasn't that taken with TITANIC. The story where the rich passenger has the instant love affair with the one in steerage, blah blah blah. so after that all that's left is the special effects and I'm not into effects. For that reason seeing AVATAR hasn't appealed to me much even though I'm a big fan of the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. it seems to me as if it's all effects coupled with a story I've seen a thousand times before.
January 28, 2010
It wasn't the relationship that was important to me but the incredibly realistic creation of the ship and the time period. Plus the music was perfect and some of the scenes where the original ship blends into the one now under water, were so cool.
January 28, 2010
Yeah. The effects. I did like the celtic band, one of my favorites.
 
January 06, 2010
I've seen quite a few references to the "military" in Avatar being portrayed in a negative light -- From my interpretation of the movie, I felt that Cameron was making a statement in regards to his feelings towards mercenaries rather than the military. This was NOT the strong arm of a government trying to displace the Na'vi, but rather "guns for hire" acting on behalf of a corporation trying to increase their profits. Perhaps the difference is subtle, but I would think that our military would be more likely to associate themselves with the Na'vi who are using force to protect their land from an external force rather than align themselves with the mercenaries simply because they wear a similar color camouflage. In any case, I can appreciate the confusion from Cameron history of casting the same people in his movies. How did Bill Paxton go from a Marine in Aliens to a used car dealer in True Lies? :-) Despite the derivative story, I do feel that Avatar will be a benchmark film for quite a while in regards to what can be accomplished in animating one's imagination.
January 07, 2010
Thanks for your comment which I agree with and Bill Paxton has always been one of my favorite actors. He has been in so many great movies. Yes, thanks to computers, anything we can imagine can be created. Eventually, the actors themselves will be virtual. Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and all the rest will be back in new movies. It's almost kind of creepy.
 
January 05, 2010
and, good call on the parallel to the Native Americans... never bothered thinking of that till you mentioned it. it is similar.
 
January 05, 2010
hahah " Okay, I know I'm going to get a lot of opposing opinions but this is my opinion of Avatar." but hey, that's why the world goes round...different opinions keep us from being stagnant. i loved the flic, and i don't play any video games...sure, the military was made out to be biasly evil "get some!" and just waiting to kill like dogs waiting for their masters to throw the frisbee. BUT...that is James Cameron's story and the military stationed there were just trigger happy guns getting paid to exaggerate that kind of attitude when the time comes.
 
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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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