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

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I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4

  • Jun 23, 2010
Rating:
+4
On the upper half of the poster are the faces of a man and a female blue alien with yellow eyes, with a giant planet and a moon in the background and the text at the top: "From the director of Terminator 2 and Titanic". Below is a dragon-like animal flying across a landscape with floating mountains at sunset; helicopter-like aircraft are seen in the distant background. The title "James Cameron's Avatar", film credits and the release date appear at the bottom.

AVATAR

I finally came across this film and finally felt the need to see it [I say finally like it was yesterday, it has been a while since I watched this, of course I watched this when it was released, anyway], I knew it had been overly hyped and had a feeling I would not like it. So when I finally decided to get it I can honestly say that while I did like it is far from the greatest film ever. Of course like any one will tell you visually it is a stunning film, you should have seen this in theaters. Of course on DVD and Blu Ray this film still looks amazing but the theatrical experience is where it was at. Still there are bad and good with this film although I really wanted this to be a 5 star classic. With that said this fails in my opinion to reach that legendary status as a whole, visually thought the film will of course go down in history.

I am sure you all know the story since I am very late to the party in reviewing this, but here it goes any way. The place is Pandora and Pandora is absolutely amazing, it is a very beautiful place with amazing creatures. One of the these so called creatures is the local human like inhabitants the Na'vi, a peaceful people who are one with there environment and planet. But the humans that are "visiting" the planet to study it are planning on running these people off so they can drill, of course they are not happy about that. In comes a paralyzed Marine named Jake Sully who is replacing his now deceased brother in a project that may help lower tensions between the two peoples. He is enlisted into the Avatar project in which he can control the body of a Na'vi like body in order to interact with them. But his military superior Colonel Quaritch and over all boss Parker Selfridge want him to gather Intel for their own purposes.

As the story would go he would meet and come to respect the native people and even fall in love with one of them, ala Pocahontas. And that is what I was thinking throughout this entire movie, not that it was a bad thing. I remember watching this with my bro and both us were thinking where have we seen this before, and then there it was, Pocahontas. Later in the film all we could think of was FernGully if you can believe that, once again not that this is a bad thing. The retelling of every story ever is basically what every movie is these days since original material is getting harder for some filmmakers to come with. I think the only reason that it was such a big deal with this film [people have said this film as stole from every story I can think of] is because it was such a huge film.

Now I may catch some heat for this but this film is not a classic in my opinion, visually yes but as far as everything else I don't think so. Which brings me to the visuals, this film is stunning and is wonderful to look at. From the animation cgi all the way to the vibrant colors all of the place. The land, creatures, and animals all look astonishing and on that level this film is great. James Cameron knows what he wants and did a great job with this film, sure to me the story could have been more original but honestly that is such a small thing because, well, the film was very entertaining. Cameron did a great job with this film but dare I say I liked his ex wife's film "The Hurt Locker" even more. Yes I said it, it is out there, let the hate come.

Now like I said the story is very familiar but lets get past that for a second and just take it for what it is, good. The story is the classic outsider getting in with the group and falling for one of the members. So with that said it is a nice tale of one people learning to respect the others cultures, yes I know it sounds like another very famous movie. With all that aside the performances are what you would expect from a big [huge] budget blockbuster film. All are good in this movie but none to most are not award worthy in my opinion which is normally the case with these type of films. Of course that may be because the visuals of this film were so strong it overshadowed everything else about the film. Sam Worthington is very good here in the lead as Jake Sully as is Giovanni Ribisi, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang [show stealer maybe], Joel Moore and the always great Michelle Rodriguez, all are good, some are voice acting.

Now the themes of the movie are many depending on who is watching the film and their take on it. The most prominent ones I have heard are people's belief in technology over faith and religion, this is the one I think is most likely. Of course there is also the human's destruction of the planet and the environment, I can see that in this film as well. And then there is the thing about this being a metaphor for America invading other countries during the war, this is the least likely in my opinion. What the case and I am sure Cameron has said what the theme truly is but let us once again move on.

Over all this is a very entertaining movie that cost a lot, and made a lot [even more thanks to the 3-D experience]. Is this a fun movie that people should just turn the brain off and enjoy, yes. Is this film a classic, in my opinion no, but I can see how some can make the case for it. The last thing I want to say or ask is this, am I wrong for rooting for the humans to crush the Na'vi and the traders to the human race [sorry Michelle]. My brother an I [who admittedly usually root for the so called "bad guys"] found our selves right in front of every one cheering when the Marines were blowing them away. In any movie of humans vs other I am a member of "team people" like Joe Rogan would say, I wanted the people to win. Well maybe not if the Na'vi represented religion over technology, then I have to go for them. Oh man I am confused, some one help me!
I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4 I KNOW I AM LATE TO REVIEWING THIS BUT...I MUST SAY THE VISUALS BUMP THIS 3 STAR STORY UP TO 4

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June 25, 2010
Excellent review! Actually, I thought "The Hurt Locker" was a way better movie, too. I was so relieved when it won best picture over Avatar.
June 26, 2010
Yeah I know what you mean, I wanted Renner to win best actor for this as well as the best pic.
June 26, 2010
The Hurt Locker ruled!
 
June 23, 2010
My son in law rented it recently so I got to see it for free, and I did so just so that I could say that I had. I found it to be no big deal unless you're the type to be blown away by special effects, which I am not. I prize originality in my screenplays and AVATAR hardly has an ounce of it. For the amount of money they spent on it, they should have given me more than what they did. I thought your review was funny. I imagine those who didn't like it may have objected to it because of your cheering on the evil planet rapers over the peaceful planet residents who weren't causing the aliens invading them any harm at all. (We were the aliens.)
June 24, 2010
Indeed we were the aliens but I guess so people don't get t6he humor over at that other site.
July 02, 2010
Well at least there are a couple of us warped minds who got it.
 
June 23, 2010
Very good review. The film's screenplay is pretty simple and the more the I see it, the more it seems that it is wanting. There are some things that carry a lot of references to and I agree that this movie is visually stunning which is why it is an experience. I do agree, it is not worthy of a best picture award, but it is worthy of the visual efx. Nice review, Alex! Btw, your review is terrific; we actually have a lot of similar things to say if you can remember my write up.
June 24, 2010
Indeed good sir I do in fact remember yours, this was an amazing film visually.
 
June 23, 2010
Great review, so much to ponder. Religion over technology? Sure, that's fine. Or thinking beyond science and know that science can learn from native intelligence? I recall how the huge tree they worshipped had a scientific basis -- like Pandora was actually one large, living planet. I"ve seen this theme before in science fiction books but rarely have I seen it in film. The book Dragonriders of Pern came to mind too when they commune with the dragon-like animals, very similar to Anne McCaffrey's novel. The visuals are great, the biology a bit bizarre but believable. Yeah, the whole Pocahantas/Dancing with Wolves thing, sure I get that. But I see nothing wrong with borrowing other story ideas if the director or screenwriter can put an original spin on it. I gave this film a 5 for taking ideas from books and making statements about ecology, nature and relationships. There was even the relationship between a disabled man and being able to walk again with the avatar body which I thought was profound. There's so much to this film. Heck, read my review! I must get the DVD set to see what else is on there, special features and so on. The Marine guys were not so bad as the commander, who wanted to commit genocide to make a quick buck.
June 24, 2010
Agreed I don't think it is bad to borrow from other films at all but I just couldn't get those other films out of my mind when watching this.
June 25, 2010
Yes, exactly! Thanks.
 
June 23, 2010
I'm glad you finally reviewed the film, Alex. I liked that you were honest about enjoying "The Hurt Locker" more than this one. I've not seen it, so I can't comment. I felt similar to you about the graphics pushing this film to a higher rating. It's hard to go wrong with you have millions of dollars to spend creating such a fantastical world. I do like films with such deep themes even if they are overly used. The fact that it got so many people talking excited me. Anyway, great take on the film! Thanks for writing it up!
June 24, 2010
Yeah I fully enjoyed the Hurt Locker, although I don't know how accurate it is as far as the real deal. I have a friend over there right now that does what they do in the film, when he gets home I am going to ask him about it.
June 28, 2010
Feel free to share your friend's thoughts if they don't mind. I would love to know how accurate the film was.
 
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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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