In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.
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When I left the theater I was in awe about this film. But as the day ended I realized that I was spoiled by the CG of the movie. This movie has the craziest CG I have seen to date. The money it took to make that was unbelievable. That is why I was spoiled. The movie was just too beautiful to look at. But here is the thing. A lot of people see this movie, just get googly eyed over the CG and decide it is the best movie ever made. I have heard many people say this movie is revolutionary. They actually used that word. I will admit, as for the CG, it is. There has not been a movie that has ever looked like this. But as a movie in general, there is a lot of pieces missing. The beginning of the story is completely missing. The film rushes into the CG section way too quick. It is pretty obvious they wanted to get the viewers attention and keep it with the beautiful visual effects. Something else I noticed was the dialog. Some parts were excellent. Others, they were really pushing it. I guarantee if this movie was just people in blue suits, it would not have the hype it does now. That is because the story was not strong. The whole back story of the Na'vi was 100% excellent. But the back story about what the film is going for is not really there. I am sorry about all this, but I have to be realistic here. I cannot give a movie a perfect rating if it is not perfect. But this is definitely a movie to see. If you have a chance to see it in 3D, check that out. Just regular is good too. I know you will enjoy it, because it is fun to watch. But I also know if you are a critic, you will agree with what I say. My last note I will say that all of the cast was great. Some of the Na'vi voice overs had bad dialog, but other than that, it was all pretty solid. Sam Worthington did a great job as the main and as a voice over. I really enjoyed Zoe Saldana's voice as the main female Na'vi. Sigourney Weaver brings a little mature feeling to the film and Giovanni Ribisi with Joel Moore bring a little comedy. Fun movie too watch.
If youre one of the five people who has managed to abstain from watching James Camerons 2009 megahit Avatar, than I have one thing to say to you: stay home, watch Pocahontas, The Last Samurai, or Keith Olbermann and save yourself 10 dollars.
The shopworn story in Avatar revolves around Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed marine who is sent to a military/mining outpost on the faraway planet Pandora. Pandora is inhabited by 10-foot tall primitive blue aliens affectionately named Navi, who basically look like the most likeable and cute creatures imaginable. Jake is enlisted by a team of scientists to take control of a human-Navi hybrid body through some futuristic mind-link technology and is soon a 10-foot tall blue version of himself. Without giving too much away, Jake finds himself captured by the native aliens and soon has to choose where his loyalties lie.
Donâï¿½ï¿½t be fooled by the exotic premise, the movie digresses quickly into a clichÃ©-ridden mess with an ending that can be seen from a mile away. The two antagonists in Avatar are laughably one-dimensional white males (what else?). One is the head of the military complex, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang). The Colonel is everything that elitist Hollywood thinks of the military: aggressive, chauvinistic, callous, and eager for destruction and death. He has some of the most ridiculous dialogue: lines to the effect of Lets hurry up and destroy this peaceful native culture so I can get back in time for dinner and shock and awe(sounds familiar). On top of this he sports a ridiculous set of scars on his face that is only surpassed in dumbness by his over the top southern accent.
The second antagonist plays less of a role in the movie, but is equally comical, bland, and stereotypical as the Colonel. Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) is the corporate executive of the mining operation on Pandora that is seeking the mineral unobtanium which, as Selfridge explains, âï¿½ï¿½sells for twenty million a kilo.âï¿½ï¿½ And wouldnâï¿½ï¿½t you know it, the deposit of unobtanium is situated right under the village of the Navi. Selfridge thankfully makes only a few appearances in the movie, but Cameron makes sure to squeeze the max amount of populist anger from the audience out of each appearance by having him sit in his plush corporate office and whine about his profits. By his second appearance, I was fully expecting him to give lavish bonuses to AIG bankers or at least, start laying-off workers.
This film is as smug, simplistic, and manipulative as it gets in Hollywood. Especially in the movie business, you sometimes have to look past the absurd pseudo-philosophical politics and just enjoy the movie for what it is. And had this movie had the same politics, but instead looked like, say, The Godfather, I would have done just that. Unfortunately, Cameronâï¿½ï¿½s Avatar mixes a ridiculous message with even more ridiculous dialogue. The story is predictable down to me being able to foresee exact lines and the forest setting is a little too neon and fantastical to be taken seriously. Dont get me wrong, this movie isnt unwatchable. On the contrary, the visuals (especially in IMAX 3D) are everything theyre cracked up to be. But visuals donâï¿½ï¿½t make a movie, theyre meant to compliment it. As soon as Cameron sacrificed story and script for 3D effects, he ceased to be making a movie. The ultimate irony is that I would have sacrificed all the expensive stunning imagery and motion-capture technology in the world for a little bit of depth and originality.
The movie Avatar is about an ex-marine who is selected for a mission to the place known as Pandora. Earth finds a precious mineral that when mined is worth millions of dollars. Earth also has created the technology that allows humans to be put in a chamber and become a creature that lives on Pandora. As Jake (the main character) spends more and more time on Pandora, the more he becomes amazed more connected to everything on the planet. Jake also finds love on Pandora with the one who is teaching him their ways. As time passes, the humans get tired of waiting of Jake trying to get their trust, they arrange for an attack on Pandora and their people. Jake retaliates with the other beings on the planet and end up being to overcome the obstacles and defeat the humans forcing them to leave Pandora and Jake is able to transform into one of them where he becomes one the best warriors of the planet.
This movie was pretty good because it got many good reviews including this one. At first, I did not want to go see this movie, but once I finally did, I turned out to be wrong. After doing research on the internet and asking other people how many stars that they would give it out of five the most common was four in a half. This was a very successful movie that James Cameron produced, along with an irreplaceable cast of Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel Moore, Zoe Saldana, and many others. Above all, I give this movie a four and a half stars out of five.
CGI's were beyond all the movie's of today, inlcuding others in 3D. The story was beuatiful and conveyed an all-important message to the audience that is crucial to todays secular aociety. Proceeding the film I felt like painting myself blue and living in the forest and am inspired to make my life greener. A MUST SEE, or a well worth it must-buy DVD.