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

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Avatar OFF THE HOOK!!!

  • Feb 7, 2010

WOW! Cameron takes the special effects, CGI and film industry to a new level. The special effects in this film are just off the hook, high speed-low drag, awesome! I am a fan of movies and I have never seen any special effects or CGI the likes of Avatar 3D. It’s worth seeing at the theater just for the 3-D special effects.


The Movie, The plot & 3-D Theater Experience

I have seen several 3-D movies over the years but nothing like Avatar. The scenery and creativity are something to see. The planet that Avatar takes place on is Pandora. This planet is lush green with a huge jungle and rain forest mixture. The jungle canopy, ferns and trees are enormous! The trees two thousand feet high and three hundred feet across! Everything is huge in Pandora. It’s also a magical place filled with lots of life and fluorescent plant life. A beautiful planet teeming with; wildlife, plant life, tribes of indigenous intelligent beings and natural resources. One of the natural resources on Pandora is a rare metal worth twenty million per kilo, enter man kind and the evil human race.


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As you can tell I was clearly impressed by the special effects featured in Avatar. I was completely bummed out by the plot {Being raised in the north-west, I grew up in a logging family in the timber industry. After the timber industry was shut down many of us went into the military}. After seeing the movie I left feeling a bit like the anti-Christ. The evil loggers ripping the forest down for the precious metals. They are supported by the evil Army and Marines. Mankind is no good, especially loggers and soldiers. The storyline was shallow and left me disappointed. A strange twist of events lands a paralyzed Marine (Cpl Sully) in a unique position as an Avatar operator. When his mind is transferred into the Avatar body he is a deadly mobile marine again. His job is to infiltrate the indigenous tribe in get intelligence. This way if the natives don’t leave their home where the main deposits are located the military can take them out. Simple enough plan but like every other plan it doesn’t go very well. Cpl. Sully falls in love with the chiefs daughter. He also realizes that these beings are loving, intelligent, righteous and decent beings. These people won’t leave their homes and the industrial machinery is on it’s way! How can these primitive beings survive the onslaught of the high-tech and powerful weaponry of these evil earthlings?



I have mixed feelings about Avatar. Humanity is rough around the edges but were not all power hungry, murdering planet wreckers. I guess most viewers wouldn’t mind the indiscretions against the soldiers or loggers / miners but it left a bad taste in my mouth. That being said you won’t find a movie with better special effects period. The art and visual aspects of the film are spectacular and most definitely worth seeing! The acting in the film is fair. Sam Worthington aced his role as the paraplegic Avatar. Stephen Lang also stepped up to his role as the hard core Marine Recon killing colonel. He played his role well and as usual gives a good performance. The directing is also ground breaking. It’s hard to tell where the computer generated graphics start or stop and it blends in well with the scenes shot in Hawaii. As far as the 3-D work goes I have never seen better! The film is nearly three hours long and I wasn’t bored with it for one minute, that’s rare. I never grew tired of the visual bonanza. I have to recommend this movie because of the parts I liked.


Written & Directed by James Cameron

Sam Worthington as Marine Corporal Jake Sully

Zoe Saldana as Neytiri

Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine

Steven Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch

Michelle Rodriguez as (Chopper Pilot) Trudy Chacon

Run time: 2 hours 42 minutes

Rated [PG-13] for violent battle scenes

Thanks for the read,

©Joe McMaster / 2010

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November 17, 2010
Great review, this was a fest for the eye balls.
February 08, 2010
Awesome review, Joe!  Have you read @cenobite7's review of this movie yet?  He echoes the same sentiments as you in regards to the way humanity was portrayed.  Otherwise, I loved everything else about Avatar, too.  Thanks for sharing! :)
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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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