You knew that this day would come, and it came. Huh, I did not see Avatar in 3d, or in a theater or under the influence of drugs, and I guess that influenced my review greatly. First of all, I must separate two aspects of this movie, one is the special effects and the second one is the story. So lets begin with the effects, of course they are awesome, in a few days I will check them out in 3d, but even on a computer screen they look perfect. There is something for everybody, nice and beautiful surroundings and animals and plants for females and choppers, spaceships and all the army stuff for men, if you like that commercial vibe. The slow motion sequences enhance even more the impact of this perfect combination. But as for the story goes it is pretty bleak and empty.
The famous mining theme, that has been being used as an endless source of inspiration for screenplay writers is again used. The native people that ride horses and live in tribes are driven from their land by evil man, does this sound like the story of Indians? The romance between the Jake Sully and Neytiri, is the well known case of forbidden love. And so forth. George Lucas said, when asked about the script for Star Wars, that he read the Bible and all the stories from around the world searching for some universal story that would comprise from smaller themes that represent something that all nations share. I guess that Cameron tried to do the same thing here. So this is a very hard movie to examine, it is not original as far as the story goes, but the 3d hype is definitely something that is somewhat unique, although it has been done before, with less success of course. I am going to leave it without the rating, just see it and figure out for yourselves. Enjoy…
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder
Fun Stuff: The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. A lot of motion capture technology was used for the CGI scenes.