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Avatar by James Cameron

Updated on December 29, 2009
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AVATAR - definitely one of the more breathtaking movies out there right now ... well, actually ever!  Unfortunately fantastic special effects do not make for as fantastic a story, which is a real pity.  A very formulaic plot (with distinct similarities in this case to Dances with Wolves of all things!) and nothing extremely new except for the technology that was casually on display.  The touch screens and holographic's that litter the scenery and the ease of use shown by everyone in their use are promising as none of it is too far fetched and some of it is already in development.

An ex-Marine bound to a wheelchair takes the place of his dead scientist brother on an Alien world.  Quickly showing an affinity for his Avatar (Avatar's are the human/alien hybrids that have been developed to communicate and deal with the natives of the planet - basically a human mind in an alien body) he is quickly integrated into the life of the natives of the planet.  Learning to be one of them, he gradually 'goes native' and slowly starts to empathize with the natives falling in love with daughter of one of the chiefs.

Once the humans attack the village, he joins them fully and helps to lead a revolt that removes the humans from the planet and saves the civilization.

More than ten years in the making, AVATAR is a 3-D extravaganza that marks Cameron's return to feature directing since helming 1997's Titanic, the highest grossing film of all time and winner of eleven Oscars.  With AVATAR currently being the most expensive film ever made (to date as that record seems to be frequently surpassed), it has already taken over $600 million globally in the Christmas period.  Avatar took and estimated $75million in US and Canadian screens over the Christmas weekend alone!

  • Director:James Cameron
  • Cast:Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver

Would I recommend this?  Yes definitely ... watch it in the theatre and enjoy the spectacle.  Its a fun film and in 3D its spectacular!  The flight sequences are amazing and the fight sequences breathtaking!  


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    • My SciFi Life profile image

      My SciFi Life 8 years ago from London, UK

      thanks for the comment - if you've not seen it yet, I'd definitely suggest you do so ... you won't be disappointed in the effects at all! Thanks again for reading.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for this. I cut my teeth on Asimov and Clarke, and really enjoy a "ripping good yarn" - nice to meet you. I look forward to more of your work. :)