After Titanic in 1997, many wondered how James Cameron would ever try to top that spectacle. Well, its taken 12 years, but he most certainly has with Avatar, which has gone on to win three Academy Awards as well as winning the Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. It has also become the most successful movie of all time, overtaking Titanic, ironically.
The basic plot is certainly nothing that hasn't been done before, but so what, almost any movie has a plot that's a retread of another plot before it. But what really sets this movie apart from anything seen before is the amazing visuals.
The astounding special effects seem visceral and extremely life-like. The hanging mountains, the mysterious and abundant creatures (some truly nasty animals that were conjured up from imagination) and even the indigenous Na'Vi tribe... all marvels of CGI. All the Na'Vi characters were filmed via motion-capture computer technology, so when taken all into account, it's probably fair to say that 80% of this film is digitally rendered. And the most amazing thing? You'd never be able to tell the difference.
The movie is almost 3 hours long, but it's so exciting and action-packed and a delight on the senses that it's never noticeable. The acting was more than adequate, with Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldanha and Stephen Lang probably the standouts.
The final battle scene is exciting and a sight to behold. And with this technological marvel, James Cameron has once again proved himself to be the "King Of The World"! A visual masterpiece! (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Jake Sully is a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis.
Because Pandora's atmosphere is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human "drivers" have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air. These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora... the Na'vi.
Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na'vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na'vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake's life, and this changes everything. Jake is taken in by her clan, and learns to become one of them, which involves many tests and adventures. As Jake's relationship with his reluctant teacher Neytiri deepens, he learns to respect the Na'vi way and finally takes his place among them.
Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads them in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire world.
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