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Have you seen Avatar?  James Cameron's "Avatar" was one of the biggest movies of All Time.  Everyone loved the graphics but what about the plot?  Please read our movie review of "Avatar" which also contains the official trailer as seen on YouTube. NEWS: If you love the Na'vi people - Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in pre-production!
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James Cameron's Avatar : Movie Review

by Anish Dasgupta   2/5/11

Avatar (2009), the $400 million comeback film of director James Cameron was a resounding success even before it hit the theatres thanks to some highly effective marketing techniques and of course the James Cameron (Terminator 1 & 2, Aliens, Titanic) factor. But like all other works of art, Avatar too has its strengths and weaknesses. So here is a critical look at Avatar, which was not only one of the most eagerly awaited films of the year 2009 but one that has potentially changed the sci-fi landscape forever.

The Plot of James Cameron's Avatar

Avatar is the story of a paraplegic Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who volunteers to take the place of his deceased brother and help scientist Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) in a mission to investigate the humanoid life forms, known as Na'vi, on the far off planet of Pandora. Dr. Augustine has devised a method to create a Na'vi alter ego (or Avatar) for every individual and she uses this to create an Avatar for Jake and sends him to Pandora to mix with the enigmatic Na'vi people and learn their way of life.

However, in his first visit to Pandora the over adventurous Jake Sully (overjoyed that his Avatar is not a cripple) gets lost in the dense forests and is hounded by its ferocious and mysterious creatures before he is unexpectedly rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a Na'vi princess.

As Jake Sully's arrival on Pandora was accompanied by a good omen, Neytiri is convinced that he is a godsend, and on her insistence Jake is accepted by the Na'vi community as one of their own. As Neytiri takes on the onus of teaching Jake the various traits of Na'vi life like hunting, leaping from tree to tree, their way of worship and sleeping in hummocks suspended high above the ground, the duo slowly falls in love with each other and soon becomes inseparable. But such tender emotions are wasted on multi-billion dollar businessman Parker Selfridge whose only reason for funding Dr. Augustine's scientific operation is to get rid of the Na'vi people in order to acquire a very rare and expensive mineral which is available in abundance on Pandora. And far as he is concerned, the infiltration of the Na'vi people by Jake Sully is a success.

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After gaining valuable intelligence from an unsuspecting Jake Sully, Parker gives the go-ahead to launch a full force offensive in order to annihilate the Na'vi people. As Pandora is set ablaze by the human invasion spearheaded by Colonel Miles Quaritch, Jake realizes that he must choose between his obligations to his own species and the life of thousands of Na'vi people who have no hope of survival without his help.

Review of James Cameron's Avatar

Pros

The reason behind Avatar's success is undoubtedly its amazing visuals which are mesmerizing to say the least. I went into the movie with pretty high expectations but even then the graphics in Avatar forced me to acknowledge to myself that I had grossly underestimated human innovation, imagination and skill. In addition, a fast paced and easy to follow narrative along with a fair dose of humor and drama make Avatar a thoroughly enjoyable watch, with some great background scores further heightening the thrill factor.

Cons

Everything said and done there is no denying the fact that the plot of Avatar (people of one planet invading another) is fairly cliché and one that has been reused and refined time after time. And as is inevitable with such plots, in Avatar too, there is an acute dearth of twists and turns and the ending is easily predictable.

However, it must be mentioned in the same breath that in Avatar there is a role reversal of sorts: unlike the other movies sharing this storyline (including the Terminator series, the Transformers series and most recently Skyline) in Avatar humans are trying to invade an alien planet (and not the other way round). Further, it has to be said that in this age of industrialization and rampant destruction of forest-cover the story of Avatar somehow seems much more real and probable as compared to the other movies mentioned above.

My Verdict on James Cameron's Avatar

I sincerely think that James Cameron's Avatar is truly a landmark film and radically different from all other movies released to date-it showcases an amazing synergy between human acting and computer generated graphics to deliver some of the most captivating and spellbinding visuals ever filmed. If you are looking to be entertained then I can guarantee that you won't find too many better alternatives than James Cameron's Avatar.

Looking Ahead: The Future of the Avatar Franchise

If you were enchanted by the surreal world of Pandora and the simple charm of the Na'vi people and yearn to return there soon then there is reason to rejoice. According to IMDB both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in pre-production and have retained James Cameron at the helm. Their scheduled release dates are 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Anish is an online content writer and reviewer. To read more from him check out his blogs at Reviews & Guides (general reviews) or Filmenator (movie reviews and news).


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