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

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Avatar has brought the future to our doorstep, and we'll be wondering why the door was ever closed.

  • Jul 12, 2010
Two reasons prompted me to see Avatar: 1. This is James Cameron's first movie since Titanic set sail 10 years ago, and 2. During that span of 10 years, James Cameron developed the 3D technology required to make this movie and designed to revolutionize movies as we know them. There were many who were skeptical, wondering whether Cameron would keep his promise of changing the way we watch movies. Let me tell you, Avatar lives up to the hype. This movie was as groundbreaking as it can possibly get. Cameron has created a magical world that gets you completely immersed into it, and you will feel like you are really in the movie. "Avatar" is not a movie you watch, its a movie you experience.

The story revolves around a paraplegic ex-Marine named Jake Sully (Sam Worthington). His twin brother dies, and Jake is called upon to be his replacement in the Avatar program on the planet Pandora. This is a program in which surrogate bodies are grown from human DNA mixed with the DNA of the native population, the Na'vi. Humans participating in the program are capable of remotely controlling their Avatar bodies. While some scientists hope to use these Avatars to interact with and learn from the Na'vi, the corporate big shots and military leaders have completely different agendas.

I should probably address the biggest criticism that this movie has been getting. Yes, it's a very cliche plot. If you've seen Pocahontas or Dances with Wolves, then you already know Avatar's story. However, that is not the point of this movie. It's necessarily what is happening in the story that captures your attention and tugs on your heartstrings, but how it's unfolding. This is James Cameron's version of a classic story, and he makes you forget that what you're seeing is something that you've already seen. It feels like a totally new experience, and I think that's an amazing accomplishment.

The thing that will really pull you into this movie is the 3D. This is not the gimmicky and lame 3D that you might have seen in other movies. Every single detail in the environment is 3D, and it sucks you in right from the very first frame. I truly felt like I was standing there on the planet. Describing it in words is almost impossible; you have to see it for yourself.

And speaking of environments, let me just give James Cameron even more praise for how much effort he put into creating Pandora. He puts in the most intrinsic detail into making this planet, rfrom the gargantuan flying creatures to the tiniest bio-luminescent blades of grass. The visual effects in Avatar are guaranteed to take your breath away. Just a heads up: by the time you're done watching this movie, your life is going to seem pretty darn boring in comparison.

For action junkies, this movie provides many tremendous action sequences, especially the battle in the third act. The weaponry and explosives provided by the military in this film make for some epic fight scenes and explosions that are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. However, aside from the action, the movie is still very much a love story. This is a legitimate romance movie. The chemistry between Jake Sully and Neytiri feels very genuine and Cameron does an excellent job of engaging you in their relationship. Chances are, by the end of the movie you'll be truly worrying about what their fate will be.

Did Cameron keep his promise and will movies really change after this? I'll be damned if they didn't. There's not a doubt in my mind that this new format is going to catch on. It's going to be an impatient wait for me, because it could take 2-5 years before we see more movies utilize this technology, but James Cameron succeeded in breaking the boundaries and changes our perception on how we see movies. Going to a movie is no longer going to be sitting in a big room watching a screen. It's going to be a completely engrossing experience where the people in the audience are honest-to-goodness believing that they are going through the story with the characters.
Avatar has brought the future to our doorstep, and we'll be wondering why the door was ever closed. Avatar has brought the future to our doorstep, and we'll be wondering why the door was ever closed. Avatar has brought the future to our doorstep, and we'll be wondering why the door was ever closed. Avatar has brought the future to our doorstep, and we'll be wondering why the door was ever closed.

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November 17, 2010
I thought of Pocahontas 2, as well as Fern Gully, great review.
August 09, 2010
Damn nice review mate. Avatar was a exotic movie that has a great plot. I'm glad Cameron waited because this movie was at the top for sure!
July 27, 2010
At first i thought this movie looked...well stupid...and once i was forced to watch it i totally changed my mind! this is the best movie iv'e seen in a long time they story is great, and the special effects and animation is amazing!
July 26, 2010
fabulous. I featured this review...
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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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