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Avatar is a fantasy/sci-fi epic that takes place on Pandora, a lush, green planet where an humanoid alien race known as the Na’vi live in total harmony with nature. Humans want to get their hands on some of the valuable minerals contained beneath the planet’s surface, but in order to do that, they need to relocate the natives. To gather intelligence and learn more about their culture, the U.S. military creates genetic Na’vi clones that can be controlled remotely by human soldiers using a neural link. When Jake Sully, a wheelchair-bound Marine, infiltrates the Na’vi clan, he soon finds himself torn between two bodies and two opposing ways of life…read more [FilmJunk]

I just got back home from the world premiere of Avatar here in London. It’s safe to keep reading. You are entering a spoiler-free zone.
I wasn’t expecting much. I attended the 15 minute IMAX preview a few months back and out of context what I saw was pretty. Very pretty. The immersive technology was an obvious step up, but the scenes with the marines came across as just weird on the eye and the sequences with all the alien fauna gave me flashbacks to James Mason clambering through mushrooms forests in Journey to the Centre of the Earth. But what really had me worried was the story…read more [Twitch]

Avatar Wallpaper
Avatar Wallpaper

Cameron came up with a lot of original ideas for this film, but the story was not one of them. Although it was well put together, clean, and everything played out like clock-work, there was no originality to it. As everyone realized as they were walking out of the theater, the film is Dances with Wolves but with blue cat-like aliens. It’s every video game you’ve ever played, ever steamy-action novel you’ve ever read, every plot line you’ve seen before in a big budget film. Is it well told? Absolutely! But with all the time and money Cameron put into it, I would expect him to tell an old story well. I get that he took a number of risks, so maybe asking for an original story was taking things too far…read more [ScreenCrave]

Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar
Michelle Rodriguez, Avatar

First, let’s be clear… Avatar is much more than a film. It’s a prescribed cinematic experience. Pure effect. The greatest sideshow on Earth.
Cameron’s aim is to take our franchise-frazzled minds and plug us back in to the mainline; to conjur the wonder of those early silent-movie audiences, aghast and alarmed as a steam-train chugged from horizon to foreground…read more [Total Film]

Sam Worthington, Avatar
Sam Worthington, Avatar

First impressions last, and Avatar didn’t make a good first impression. But the ‘never judge a book by its cover’ saying could easily be reworked to ‘never judge a film by its first trailer.’ You have to see Avatar to believe it, and even then it’s nearly impossible to register all of what’s on screen. In fact, stop reading this now, get a ticket, go see Avatar, and then you try and describe the experience. I dare you. I double dare you… read more [About.com]

Avatar

The characters carry the weight, and the actors all breathe life into them. Sam Worthington is our avatar into the world. He does the performance capture very well, helping to bring more personality to his avatar than just the animators back at WETA. Sigourney Weaver is good as the naturalist/hippy scientist that wants to have a harmonious relationship with the Na’vi in the name of scientific exploration. But it’s Stephen Lang, as the villain of our tale, who gets to chew some scenery and be a total badass at the same time. The kind of villain you love to hate. It wears him well, hopefully this brings about a Stephen Lang resurgence…read more [MoviesOnline.ca]

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The Na’vi are as realistic as can be expected of blue, 9-foot bipedal cats covered in bioluminescent spots. When interacting with each other, they look almost photorealistic.
As for the 3-D work, the steadicam, panoramic type shots are beautiful. When, on the other hand, the pace picks up and the camera moves in a jerkier, faux-verite style, the illusion occasionally breaks. Still, quibbles aside, the action sequences are, for the most part, well-choreographed and entirely convincing endeavors that rarely look fake.
“Avatar” represents easily the best use a live-action picture has made of 3-D; it’s too bad Mr. Cameron couldn’t come up with a story and script worthy of his spectacle…read more [The Washington Times]

Avatar Video Review:

Everything in Avatar is so beautifully detailed that it almost wouldn’t matter if there were any story or dialogue at all. The 3-D effect was likewise so subtle and spot-on that you had a feeling of actually being there. At one point, ashes were falling from above (on screen) and I caught myself brushing my shoulders off in my seat like some kinda jerkoff. That’s how immersed I was. In scenes that take place in the forest, you feel as if you can almost reach out and touch the foliage. When there is action on the screen (and there is a lot of action, I assure you), I can’t imagine that you’d be able to sit still in your chair unless you’re on some kind of barbiturates or something… read more [Crave]

Avatar is full of inspiration and has references to Westerners and borrows from movies like The Vanishing America. It also draws inspiration from America’s defeat in the Vietnam war. Avatar is intriguing for echoing other Cameron films’ mistrust of corporate greed like in Terminator and Aliens. But at the core, it is still a touching love story. The love between Jake and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) is heart-wrenching. This romantic tale shows that there is still hope in the universe…read more [OneIndia]

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Will the film match Titanic’s gigantic box office haul of $1.8 billion. Possibly not. The soppy, soggy doomed love story of Jack and Rose hit a particular chord with audiences. But I would be very surprised if James Cameron didn’t have another sizable hit on his hands…read more [Times Online.co.uk]

Avatar Video Review [TheMovieBlog]:

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Power Dude

    December 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I’ll be perfectly honest. This movie was an astonishing dissapointment. First off, If the atmosphere is toxic enough to cause death in 4 minutes due to lung exposure, why then are their skins exposed during the entire movie. If they lack economy to maintain the planet earth, why then do we have private companies with vast resources mining rocks across the galaxy? If they are all connected thru a network of energy and wisdom and voices, why then did they have to fly around to communicate with the other clans.. and for that reason, why have clans anyway? If they are all woven into the cycle of life on Pandora, why then are so many left standing without a clue until big blue marine rides in on his ultra-colored dragon butterfly (Thats exactly what they look like!) If most of the species on Pandora breathe through gills on their chests, why then can they propel massive grunts and yowls… where is the logic of that? Why did they not reveal the nature of the ribs and massive structures surrounding the ‘tree of life’, a common theme in many, many medieval and fantasy movies and anime. Why is every species bigger than a rabbit on Pandora equipped with fiber-optic cabling in their horns or hair? Do the Na’Vi all have a tentacle growing out the back of their heads, and if so, why does it have hair braided around it in a seemingly perfect fashion when Sully’s Avatar is being grown in the tank on base. If the tribes of the Na’Vi are all linked thru a network of energy across the planet, and all tribes listen and follow the words of their spirit guide who interprets the ‘well of energy’, why did the ancient bitch have to ask so many questions and why were not the other clans aware of the dangers presented by the humans. Why weren’t the plants glowing until she turned off the torch… wasnt it nighttime already? Why would humans, who are ludicrously worried about money and efficiency, spend trillions upon trillions to exploit resources sitting UNDER a native village, when it seemed that an ENTIRE PLANET was available to cultivation. They were so cheesy with the plot, they explained it was the richest source of materials within 200 clicks… meaning 2000 kilometers. Seriously, if you travelled millions of miles in space to reach a planet to collect resources, would’nt you scan the whole planet for better spots than one sitting under a whole civilization who just might cost more to your company than just time or money… maybe lives? Why, if the magnetic & energy properties of the valley of the tree of life was so distorted that instruments and lock-on wasn’t available… why then could he fight within the field without having his AVATAR transmission signal interupted by the distortion ‘flux’. Do the Na’Vi have mating organs, or it their main reproductive organ their fiber-optic connection? Because if so, it would mean that every species can inter-procreate, since they ALL seem to share the neuro-interface in their horns. If the planet has more connected synapse branches than a human brain, then why did the planet not think to defend itself with its indiginous animal population sooner than when the marine called upon its help. Why was every single creature of decent size loaded with 4 arms and 2 legs, yet the Na’Vi are humanoid to the core, even lacking feral claws or toe nails… which made absolutely no sense! If they are of nature, they would have such attributes… even natives of earth who dwell in the forests and jungles, have stronger teeth, nails and toe nails that protrude slightly out and are incredibly resistant to breaking. If the Na’Vi are so loving of life, why do they hunt and not live off of the natural plant life??? Even fucking human vegans would have a problem with this ‘ eco-friendly- way of living. Why are they flying around on x-wing styles raptor butterflies…. for what reason? They have no enemies to defend against other than humans, as it seems the tribes of the Na’Vi are all peaceful to each other????? If there are entire mountains floating around, powered by the electrical current of the vines connected to them, why then did they not simply cut the vines to one of the massive floating rocks and let it simply fall to mine it??? Why are there not insects of any kind in this movie?…. a human outpost with everyone skin’s exposed, yet they are not worried about bacteria, atmosphere exposure nor local insects????
    And thats the SHORT list of errors!
    This movie was a travesty of time, money and waste of time. The budget spent on this crap could have created schools, helped the starving or even been put to the development of technologies to help people. Instead, it was used as a means to lock people into the false idea of ‘save the planet from humans’ who on this planet are not to blame for the corporate structure surrounding them and destroying their ‘ mother’. I know many of you love saying this movie is unique, outstanding and the best there is…. but if that were true, why would they have to spend so much time, effort and money in trying to convince you its the closest thing to meeting jesus christ??? Bottom line, it was a college project gone CGI. If anyone has an answer for the questions I put out there, other than ones defending the mainstream nonsense of the herd… I’d love to hear them!

  2. Swamp

    December 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Jeez, pop a chill pill techno dork!, its just a movie, not a damn science documentary. All of your points are correct, but who cares? It was still movie artistry.

  3. Michael

    December 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I have no idea who the people were who funded this movie (maybe entirely the elitist James Cameron himself with his own money?), but all the way through the story and acting they frothed and mockingly pushed their totally pathetic, elitist, hypocritical pacifist, new age/earth worship cliches.

    Then add to that this concept that all American Military and even mankind in general are all demented psychotic murders who need to be destroyed or change their ways so they can become like hypocritical new age aliens!!

    The story line and cliches were such pathetic hypocritical globalist Marxist new age propaganda it was unreal. Don’t go to pay to see this movie unless you enjoy funding hypocritical new age globalist earth worship propaganda indoctrination, and story lines which shamelessly mock everything good and honorable about military men and women who give their lives every day for honorable causes.

  4. Andrew

    December 26, 2009 at 2:51 am

    All i know is that I really enjoyed this movie and did not disappoint me

  5. Tiffany

    December 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It appears to me that Michael likes to use big words to make himself seem smarter that what he actually is. I thought the movie was AWESOME and it WAS NOT a waste of time or money. I intend to see it again in the full 3-D experience as I did the first time. Power dude and Michael need to chill out.

  6. Cory

    December 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Great points Power Dude. I was wondering where the Navi babies were when a reference was made, and THEN there were babies shown. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie despite the flaws because in a day when there is so much gloom in the world, a movie like this to watch, and nit pick at, is a good time.

  7. Anonymous

    December 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

    hi iv just watched avartar and its awsome

  8. unloved_by_all

    December 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    avatar was sucha good movie i loved it i really got sucked into it it was like real it was great but i don’t like how people are like oh its predictable and so many people make movies like this ok yes it is a topic people use but this shows it in a better way. theres the military who are just in it for the money and don;t care about what other people do ar who they are they are on something that can make me monye so they have to move,. but then you get the navi people who have that great love and appercation of nature and the respect for all life it shows the two different sides of life. I think the line that Jake says about our planet killing their mother is a really good line because it is kinda true humans do have little respect for the life of other things and of the planet just look at how its changed over the years. this movie shows that it really is a good movie. i don’t like the whole Dances with wolves thing ok there kinda about the same thing they share the same topic but the plots are unique and i don’t like people trashing avatar i like dances with wolves but avatar is definetly the better movie. so those are my thoughts. and all i have left to say is ( pardon my language) AVATAR KICKS ASS!!!!!

  9. lisa

    December 31, 2009 at 2:18 am

    my family and i went to see avatar and we enjoyed it very much when it is out on DVD we are going to buy it

  10. chewy

    January 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    hey guys i have watched the film 4 times and still havent got tired of it. this is my no.1 film of all time, the story line really takes you away and makes u realise how boring your life is, and to me it was a story about love and how diffrences cant affect how much you love someone

    P.S do you guys know were i can get like a a2 or a3 poster for avatar ?

  11. Meg

    January 8, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Some people need to chill…you don’t need to bitch and point out every flaw in this movie, because I’m sure that your favorite movie of all time has flaws that surpass this one’s. I’m sure most people like the movie because of the idea and world it represents-especially when our world today isn’t so great if you look past the materialistic part of society. Why don’t people try to remember that this is a world created entirely by James Cameron’s mind (in 3 weeks). Seriously…appreciate it for what it is and don’t wish for what isn’t. I personally thought it was exceptionally well done and I liked the plot.

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