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There was too much hype for the movie. The story was not entirely unique, and the acting was not the best.
What was amazing was the production design. I enjoyed seeing the way lights played a big part in the world, and the colors were so vivid and bright.
However, I did enjoy watching it (not in 3D). It was cliches in some areas that it was easy to follow and understand.
So, it was a good movie to watch, but it was nowhere near as memorable as Titanic.
Beautiful to look at...for a while.
I saw this movie in 3-D, in the IMAX, and I will admit, I was blown away. It was awesome. It really was worth the big bucks necessary to have that sort of movie going experience. It seemed like a no brainer that I purchased this film. I've owned it since it came out, I have watched it half a dozen times, and now that I am actually reviewing it, I am realizing, maybe this movie isn't that good. Don't get me wrong, it is made with great care, the visuals are stunning, it is seems too good to be true that a movie look like this. And then you realize that it's looks are pretty much all it has going for it. The writing is mediocre, decent at best. The acting in it is a little forced, and in some places is downright silly. Sure, next to the visual effects, all of this stuff will pale a bit, but still a little disappointing. Finally, and maybe most disappointing, this is a story that we've heard before. No, seriously. "Dances with Wolves", "Pocohontas", "Fern Gully", these are, lik...(more)
I saw this movie in 3-D, in the IMAX, and I will admit, I was blown away. It was awesome. It really was worth the big bucks necessary to have that sort of movie going experience. It seemed like a no brainer that I purchased this film. I've owned it since it came out, I have watched it half a dozen times, and now that I am actually reviewing it, I am realizing, maybe this movie isn't that good. Don't get me wrong, it is made with great care, the visuals are stunning, it is seems too good to be true that a movie look like this. And then you realize that it's looks are pretty much all it has going for it. The writing is mediocre, decent at best. The acting in it is a little forced, and in some places is downright silly. Sure, next to the visual effects, all of this stuff will pale a bit, but still a little disappointing. Finally, and maybe most disappointing, this is a story that we've heard before. No, seriously. "Dances with Wolves", "Pocohontas", "Fern Gully", these are, like, the same story. When you strip away all the flashing lights, this is another cartoon. I really want it to be great, but it is just barely ok. (less)
No points for originality of plot, but the scenary was absolutely AMAZING!!! Lars and I never got around to seeing this at the movies, so when we (finally) got ourselves a decent TV with 3D feature, of course this was the first bluray Lars bought :) I was blown away by the graphics. Great way to spend a lazy New Year's Day :)
Although it did throw me for a loop that Stephen Lang played a role SO similar to his part in "Terra Nova", only evil :-P Took me awhile not to automacially like him
|Sam Worthington||Jake Sully|
|Sigourney Weaver||Dr. Grace Augustine|
|Stephen Lang||Colonel Miles Quaritch|
|Michelle Rodriguez||Trudy Chacon|
|Joel Moore||Norm Spellman|
|Giovanni Ribisi||Parker Selfridge|
|Dileep Rao||Dr. Max Patel|
|Matt Gerald||Corporal Lyle Wainfleet|
|Dean Knowsley||Samson Pilot|
|Joel David Moore||Norm Spellman|
|Scott Lawrence||Venture Star Crew Chief|
|Stephen E. Rivkin||Editor|
|Mauro Fiore||Director of Photography|
|Chiling Lin||Director of Photography|
|James Cameron||Story Contributor|
"Enter the World of Pandora."
By 2154, humans have severely depleted Earth's natural resources. The Resources Development Administration (RDA) mines for a valuable mineral – unobtanium – on Pandora, a densely forested habitable moon orbiting the gas giant Polyphemus in the Alpha Centauri star system. Pandora, whose atmosphere is poisonous to humans, is inhabited by the Na'vi, 10-foot tall (3.0 m), blue-skinned, sapient humanoids who live in harmony with nature and worship a mother goddess called Eywa.
To explore Pandora's biosphere, scientists use Na'vi-human hybrids called "avatars", operated by genetically matched humans; Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic former marine, replaces his deceased twin brother as an operator of one. Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), head of the Avatar Program, considers Sully an inadequate replacement but accepts his assignment as a bodyguard. While protecting the avatars of Grace and scientist Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore) as they collect biological data, Jake's avatar is attacked by a thanator and flees into the forest, where he is rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a female Na'vi. Witnessing an auspicious sign, she takes him to her clan, whereupon Neytiri's mother Mo'at (C. C. H. Pounder), the clan's spiritual leader, orders her daughter to initiate Jake into their society.
Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), head of RDA's private security force, promises Jake that the company will restore his legs if he gathers intelligence about the Na'vi and the clan's gathering place, a giant arboreal called Hometree, on grounds that it stands above the richest deposit of unobtanium in the area. When Grace learns of this, she transfers herself, Jake, and Norm to an outpost. Over three months, Jake grows to sympathize with the natives. After Jake is initiated into the tribe, he and Neytiri choose each other as mates, and soon afterward, Jake reveals his change of allegiance when he attempts to disable a bulldozer that threatens to destroy a sacred Na'vi site. When Quaritch shows a video recording of Jake's attack on the bulldozer to Administrator Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi), and another in which Jake admits that the Na'vi will never abandon Hometree, Selfridge orders Hometree destroyed.
Despite Grace's argument that destroying Hometree could damage the biological neural network native to Pandora, Selfridge gives Jake and Grace one final chance to convince the Na'vi to evacuate before commencing the attack. While trying to warn the Na'vi, Jake confesses to being a spy and the Na'vi take him and Grace captive. Seeing this, Quaritch's men destroy Hometree, killing Neytiri's father (the clan chief) and many others. Mo'at frees Jake and Grace, but they are detached from their avatars and imprisoned by Quaritch's forces. Pilot Trudy Chacón (Michelle Rodriguez), disgusted by Quaritch's brutality, carries them to Grace's outpost, but during the escape, Quaritch fires at them, hitting Grace.
To regain the Na'vi's trust, Jake connects his mind to that of Toruk, a dragon-like predator feared and honoured by the Na'vi. Jake finds the refugees at the sacred Tree of Souls and pleads with Mo'at to heal Grace. The clan attempts to transfer Grace from her human body into her avatar with the aid of the Tree of Souls, but she dies before the process can complete.
Supported by the new chief Tsu'tey (Laz Alonso), who acts as Jake's translator, Jake speaks to unite the clan and tells them to gather all of the clans to battle against the RDA. Noticing the impending gathering, Quaritch organizes a pre-emptive strike against the Tree of Souls, believing that its destruction will demoralize the natives. On the eve of battle, Jake prays to Eywa, via a neural connection to the Tree of Souls, to intercede on behalf of the Na'vi.
During the subsequent battle, the Na'vi suffer heavy casualties, including Tsu'tey and Trudy; but are rescued when Pandoran wildlife unexpectedly join the attack and overwhelm the humans, which Neytiri interprets as Eywa's answer to Jake's prayer. After Jake destroys a makeshift bomber before it can reach the Tree of Souls; Quaritch escapes from his own damaged aircraft, wearing an AMP suit and breaks open the avatar link unit containing Jake's human body, exposing it to Pandora's poisonous atmosphere. Quaritch then prepares to slit the throat of Jake's avatar, but Neytiri kills Quaritch and saves Jake from suffocation.
With the exceptions of Jake, Norm, Max and a few other scientists, all humans are expelled from Pandora and sent back to Earth, after which Jake is transferred permanently into his avatar with the aid of the Tree of Souls.
Theatrical : 2009-12-18 : United States of America
Theatrical : 2009-12-17 : United Kingdom
DVD : 2010-04-22 : DVD Region 1