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The Last Airbender (2010)

aka Avatar: The Last Air Bender

"Four nations, one destiny"

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Details: 103 mins · English · PG (USA)

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I am a huge fan of the animated series. I have all 3 seasons and have seen them twice so far.
The movie was a major disappointment as it did not do the original content justice.
It was too dark and serious which took away some of the best things that were in the show.
Details were off: watertribes are darker skinned while the fire nation is lighter skinned. I don't know why the director chose to make the fire nation Indian and the water tribes pale. It seemed to me that the water tribes were more similar to Native Americans while the fire nation to China. It all has an Asian influence of course, but that was just my opinion.
The casting was just wrong for the characters. Aang (which they pronounced Ung in the movie was just laughable) was way too serious and depressing. In the series, he is supposed to be a kid, and that is why he ran away. His immaturity and unwillingness to grow up and take responsibility is one of the major conflicts in the series and the director completely too...(more)

I am a huge fan of the animated series. I have all 3 seasons and have seen them twice so far.
The movie was a major disappointment as it did not do the original content justice.
It was too dark and serious which took away some of the best things that were in the show.
Details were off: watertribes are darker skinned while the fire nation is lighter skinned. I don't know why the director chose to make the fire nation Indian and the water tribes pale. It seemed to me that the water tribes were more similar to Native Americans while the fire nation to China. It all has an Asian influence of course, but that was just my opinion.
The casting was just wrong for the characters. Aang (which they pronounced Ung in the movie was just laughable) was way too serious and depressing. In the series, he is supposed to be a kid, and that is why he ran away. His immaturity and unwillingness to grow up and take responsibility is one of the major conflicts in the series and the director completely took that away!
Sokka...come on seriously! A vampire from Twilight? They are supposed to be kids! Children that must carry a heavy burden and face challenges meant for adults so they cast an adult for the role of an immature, joking older brother? HORRIBLE CASTING!
Backstory was told horribly.
The best parts about the season were left out. They could have done the entire series in 6 movies. In the middle of each season is a mid series major episode. That could have been the climax for the movies. More money that way also if they would have done the first movie right.
(Which they did not.)
Also, the bending was just silly and really lame. Earthbending were like boulders tied to strings and pulled around slowly in the air.
I really could go on, but I shan't.
Good thing about the movie? It finally ended. (less)

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Not to mention the butchered Sokka's name as well (if I can even remember it. I made a point not to watch it after that first time.) Plus, where was the friendly mushroom?

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Insult to the original animated series

Honestly, don't waste your time.

This movie tries SO hard to be edgy and visually appealing, and in the process lost all of the charm, emotion, and connection of the animated series. Even the supposed 'intensity' of the characters is a joke, because it's just a bunch of random people posturing each other and stumbling through really bad fight sequences.

As soon as Aang and his demeanor was revealed, I knew this was going to be a train wreck. For those of you that haven't seen the animated series (firstly, I would suggest watching it - epic series): Aang was a curious, energetic, lovable young boy that just wanted to help everyone, and abhorred violence and war. He was the heart and soul of that series, giving and taking emotional energy from everyone around him to create epic interactions between the characters.

Far cry from this cheeky punk.

If they ever do a reboot, I hope they stick closer to the source material. Movie was nothing like it.

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Don't waste your time

This movie... It might have been watchable if I hadn't seen the series, but it's hard to screw up a series as bad as this movie did. If played at normal speed, this movie would probably be closer to an hour, since approximately half of it was in slow motion. Not to mention they only had a bastardized version of the story. So this might warrant a 2/5 if I hadn't seen the show, but this... Just no.

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Cast:

Small Aang
Small Katara
Small Sokka
Small Prince Zuko
Small Uncle Iroh
Small Commander Zhao
Small Appa / Momo
Small Avatar Roku
Small Gran Gran
Small Firelord Ozai
Small Monk Gyatso
Small Master Pakku
Small Princess Yue
Small Katara's Grandma
Small Azula
Small The Dragon Spirit

Crew:

No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
Small M. Night Shyamalan Director
Small Frank Marshall Production
No_movie_poster Scott Aversano Production
Small M. Night Shyamalan Production
No_movie_poster Sam Mercer Production
Small M. Night Shyamalan Writer

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"Four nations, one destiny"

Plot:

Fourteen-year-old Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her fifteen-year-old older brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), are near a river at the Southern Water Tribe, a small village in the South Pole. While hunting, they discover an iceberg that shoots a beam of light into the sky. Inside of the iceberg is a twelve-year-old boy named Aang (Noah Ringer) and a giant flying bison named Appa. Unknown to them, Aang is the long-lost, mighty Avatar — the only person on the planet able to "bend" all four elements. One hundred years have passed since the Fire Nation has declared war on the other three nations of Water, Earth, and Air in their attempt to conquer the world.


Zuko (Dev Patel), is an exiled prince of the Fire Nation on a quest to find the Avatar and bring him as prisoner to his father, Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis), so he can return home. Seeing the light that appeared from Aang's release, Zuko and some Fire Nation soldiers arrive at the Southern Water Tribe to demand the villagers hand over the Avatar. Aang reveals himself as he surrenders himself to Zuko on the condition that he agrees to leave the village alone. On the ship, Aang is tested by Zuko's paternal uncle Iroh (Shaun Toub) to confirm him to be the Avatar. After being informed that he is to be their prisoner for passing the test, Aang escapes using his glider and flies to his flying bison brought by Katara and Sokka. Aang and his new friends visit the Southern Air Temple where they meet a winged lemur, who Aang later names Momo. Aang also learns that he was in the ice for a whole century and that the Fire Nation wiped out all of the Air Nomads, including his guardian, Monk Gyatso. In despair, he enters the Avatar State and finds himself in the Spirit World where he encounters a Dragon Spirit that tells him that he only knows Airbending, and that he also needs to learn Waterbending, Earthbending and Firebending in order to become a fully realized Avatar. The Dragon Spirit tells him that he should learn Waterbending first, and that the best teachers are in the Northern Water Tribe as there no more experienced, master waterbenders in the Southern Water Tribe.


To seek shelter, Aang's group arrive at a little Earth Kingdom village controlled by the Fire Nation, and they are arrested because Katara tries to help a young boy escape from a Fire Nation patrol soldiers. They incite a rebellion by reminding the disgruntled earthbenders that earth was given to them. Katara is given a Waterbending scroll that she uses to greatly strengthen and hone her Waterbending and help Aang learn as they make their way to the Northern Water Tribe and liberate and secure more Earth Kingdom villages in the process, weakening the Fire Nation's food and water supplies.


During a side track to the Northern Air Temple on his own, Aang is betrayed by a peasant and captured by a "group of Fire Nation archers, led by Commander Zhao (Aasif Mandvi), a Fire Nation Commander appointed by the Fire Lord. However, a masked marauder, the "Blue Spirit", helps Aang escape from his imprisonment. Zuko is the masked vigilante, and Zhao realizes this. He arranges to kill the prince. Zuko survives the assassination attempt on his life with Iroh's help. He sneaks aboard Zhao's lead ship as his fleet departs for the Northern Water Tribe, which is a heavy fortress, to capture the Avatar. Upon arriving, Aang's group is welcomed warmly by the citizens of the Northern Water Tribe. Immediately, Sokka quickly befriends the Northern Water Tribe princess, Yue (Seychelle Gabriel). After a few agreements, a Waterbending master, Pakku (Francis Guinan), teaches Aang waterbending. Katara also becomes a much stronger and more powerful waterbender due her training with Master Pakku.


Soon, the Fire Nation arrives and Zhao begins his attack while Zuko begins his search for the Avatar on his own. After defeating Katara in a battle, Zuko captures Aang as he enters the Spirit World to find the Dragon Spirit to give him the wisdom to defeat the Fire Nation who tells him to let his emotions flow like water. Returning to his body, Aang battles Zuko before Katara freezes him. Before leaving to join the battle, Aang lowers the ice so that Zuko can breathe. As the battle escalates, Iroh watches Zhao capture the Moon Spirit, with which its Ocean Spirit counterpart had assumed the form of a fish. Despite Iroh's pleas, Zhao kills the Moon Spirit to strip all of the Waterbenders of their powers and abilities to Waterbend. Yue explains to everyone that the Moon Spirit gave her life, willing to give it back as she dies in the process. With the tables turned, Zhao finds out Zuko survived. They almost fight before Iroh appears and tells Zuko it's not worth it. Zhao is drowned by Waterbenders after Zuko and Iroh leave him to his fate. Aang remembers his life before being trapped in the ice, including when he left his home, seeing his master's face. With his Waterbending powers and his emotions "flowing like water", Aang enters the Avatar State and raises the ocean into a gigantic wall in order to drive the armada back. Aang now fully embraces his destiny as the Avatar as he, Katara and Sokka prepare to continue their journey to the Earth Kingdom to find an Earthbending teacher for Aang. The Fire Lord learns of the defeat, and angry about the betrayal of his brother Iroh and the failure of his eldest son Zuko, he tasks his youngest daughter Azula (Summer Bishil) to stop the Avatar from mastering Earth and Fire before the arrival of Sozin's Comet, which she accepts and gives a sinister smile.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-07-01 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-11-16