Avatar – Movie Review
Run Time: 162 mins
Genre: Action/Fantasy/ Sci-Fi/ Drama
4 frames out of 5
Welcome to Pandora – where the indigenous live & play and we are out for blood money.
It’s the year 2154 and us Earthlings have set up shop on planet Pandora where the mineral Unobtanium, is abundant and goes for millions of dollars by the ounce. In the conquest for the abundant supply, the humans are destroying the environment which is extremely unique and has a greater impact than what they currently know. To help ease the local people into a more civilized way of life, the humans create half-breeds called Avatars to walk among the locals and help them adjust to a more humanistic lifestyle. One particular tribe, the Na’vi, their land holds one of the most abundant supply of Unobtanium, which has the corporate shareholders drooling. Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi) is the corporate representative and is constantly at odds with scientist Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) on the treatment of the Na’vi people and the state of the Pandoran environment.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a paraplegic Marine, sent to Pandora in place of his brother who was tragically killed before their departure five years earlier. His mission is to continue his brother’s work controlling his Avatar because their genetic code is nearly identical. As Jake gets comfortable into his new role as the Avatar, he serendipitously finds his way into the Na’vi tribe and learns their way of life. Jake’s original counter mission given to him by Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) was to infiltrate the tribe and pass along information to help Parker get the Navi off their land. The closer he becomes to his Na’vi trainer, Neytiri (Zoe Salana) the more conflicted he becomes in trying to decide which life suits him more.
Avatar is one of those movies you will love or hate. Although it clocks in just under 3 hours, the way the movie flows, time speeds by quickly. James Cameron spends over 15 years trying to make this movie and it was time well spent. Some of the story elements mix issues that are still prevalent today such as the green movement, corporate greed, new age concepts and the struggle for peace and power, Cameron balances that out with the Average-Joe mentality and farcical dialog. The world of Pandora is very mystical, inhabited by animals that are a cross between everyday normal animals and the dinosaurs and the tribes’ people are cross between human and feline. As a viewer, you may think that you see elements that have been so successful in his other films he has either written and/or directed such as Terminator, The Abyss, Aliens and Titanic.
Things to watch for: Stunning scenery & amazing special effects.
Who should see this movie: Sci-fi fans, fantasy movie fans, fans of James Cameron’s movies – especially cheesy dialog.
See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: The special effects like this were meant to be seen only on the big screen. With the blu-ray technology this will be a must have title for anyone’s collection when it is released.
December 20, 2009 - Posted by TheReelCritic | entertainment news, film reviews, movie critic review, Movie Review, movies, new in theaters, now playing, Uncategorized | Avatar, Avatar Critic’s Review, Avatar Movie Review, Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience, Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience Critic’s Review, Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience Movie Review, Critic Review Avatar, Critic Review Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience, Critic’s Review Avatar, Critic’s Review Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience, James Cameron, James Cameron’s Avatar, Lisa Minzey, Movie Review Avatar, Movie Review Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience, The Reel Critic.com
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