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Avatar Review
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When rumours arose stating legendary director James Cameron would be making a long awaited return to the big screen directing a new adventure called Avatar, movie lovers around the world began wetting themselves with excitement and hyping up what would become the most anticipated film of the year, if not the decade. Famous for directing the highly successful Terminator 1 and 2 films along with the 11 Oscar winning Titanic, Cameron is best known for creating epic films with incredible special effects; so when the announcement was made that his latest feature Avatar would be costing approximately $300 million Dollars to make, speculation ran rife and excitement spiralled around the world. Could James Cameron improve on his already successful career and create a film for the ages, or would Avatar be a complete waste of money?

Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) plays a paraplegic marine called Jake Sulley whose twin brother recently passed away. Sulley’s brother was picked for a special mission by the Marines to visit a planet called Pandora which is inhabited by a mysterious, blue-skinned race called the Na’vi. Pandora is the richest source in the universe of a material called Unobtanium, which the humans are desperate to acquire, and as you can guess, the Na’vi won’t give up easily. In order to infiltrate the planet and find out if the humans and Na’vi can come to an agreement, human scientists created Na’vi replica bodies known as Avatars, which are controlled by a human whilst connected to a machine. Each human has its own Avatar which replicates his/her facial features and creates a Na’vi like body; a blue, 3 metre tall frame. Each Avatar costs approximately £500,000 to make and to avoid wasting the money, the humans ask Sulley to pilot his deceased brothers Avatar as they happen to have the exact same genetics; allowing Sulley to fully operate the Avatar. Having little left to live for and wanting a fresh start, Sulley agrees to the mission and enters the dangerous planet Pandora.

While exploring the incredible planet of Pandora in his new body, Sulley crosses paths with the Na’vi and eventually bonds with them, being accepted as one of their own. Sulley grows particularly close to one member of the Na’vi in particular, the beautiful Neytiri played by Zoe Saldana (Star Trek). Learning that the Na’vi won’t move their home and give up the precious Unobtainium, Sulley has a decision to make; stay and protect Pandora with his new love Neytiri and the Na’vi tribe or help the Marines invade Pandora and take the highly sought after mineral.

The 2 hour 40 minute running time of Avatar whizzes by as you are engrossed in a quite incredible movie. If you’ve seen the trailer for Avatar, you’d mistakenly believe it was purely an action movie, but it’s so much more. In between the incredible special effects and tons of action, you’ll find a love story that will melt your heart as Sulley bonds with Neytiri and the Na’vi tribe. The way the story is written and shown to us is a huge credit to director Cameron, who proves he can tell a fantastic tale and not just produce action packed movies.

The cast manager also deserves a firm pat on the back as Avatar’s cast is one of the strongest I’ve seen in a long time. Every actor and actress in the film produces stellar performances which help make you believe a battle is actually occurring on the make believe planet of Pandora. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have an unbelievable on-screen relationship and work together extremely well, giving the impression that they generally have feelings for each other. The supporting cast of Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Michelle Rodriguez all give strong appearances. Sigourney Weaver plays Dr. Grace Augustine, who is the leading scientist of the whole Avatar operation and actually ventures onto Pandora herself disguised as a Na’vi. The lesser known Lang is the leader of the Marines and plays a vicious, no-nonsense role that helps add a bit of bite to the film. Rodriguez, famous for her roles in the Fast and the Furious films, is another well known face in the movie and plays a pilot who drops off the Avatars to Pandora. The whole cast work as a cohesive unit and all produce stellar performances to really help bring the film alive.

The majority of the audience who go and see Avatar will do so to see the outstanding special effects created by Cameron and his crew. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how amazing Avatar looks throughout the whole film. I can quite comfortably say that Avatar has the best special effects and CGI ever seen in cinema and will help change the future of films. In some parts of the film, it is actually quite hard to tell whether what you’re watching is CGI or infact real life acting! The animations of the blue, Na’vi creatures make you believe they are a real tribe living on this beautiful, exotic planet called Pandora. Whether it be the tears in their eyes, the grins on their faces or the way they effortlessly jump and swing around their planet, your jaw will most likely be rooted to the floor throughout the film. Myself, along with many others, left the cinema wishing they could live on Pandora themselves instead of Earth.

Overall, Avatar is a must-see film. A compelling story, fantastic acting and the most incredible special effects and CGI are dwelled together to create 2 hours 40 minutes of cinematic brilliance. $300 million well spent Mr. Cameron!

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Rating: 10.0/10 (3 votes cast)
Avatar Review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
  • James Joell-Ireland

    Did you watch it in 3D. If so, what was it like? I saw the trailer in 3D and it blew me away!

  • https://?u=bax88 Alan Baxter

    Unfortunately not. I plan on going to a 3D viewing and adding my impressions.

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