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Avatar (2009) Movie Information

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65

Avg. Rating:

3.07/4

# of Ratings:

1305

Genres:

Adventure, Sci-Fi

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/18/2009

DVD Release:

11/16/2010

Director:

James Cameron

Actors:

Sam Worthington
Sigourney Weaver
Michelle Rodriguez
Zoe Saldana
Giovanni Ribisi
Stephen Lang

 

 

 

 

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In the near future Jake, a paraplegic soldier, is given the chance to walk again by participating in the Avatar program on the distant planet of Pandora. Inhabited by the Na'vi, it is home to lush jungles and creatures beautiful and deadly. As humans invade and push deeper, the Na'vi fight back, and Jake finds himself in the middle of it all. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 08/03/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The visual effect's and the way the movie looks is stunning and breathtaking. But the story could have been done better.

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Ean Vali 11/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

Beautiful movie, great effects and it even got some kind of story.....

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johnny black 07/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

outstanding visual effects, unique storyline, i could go on and on and on. this is one of the greatest films of all time. a masterpiece

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  Daniel Corleone
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05/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Avatar review

Sometimes people overanalyze or critic negatively because of one of the quotes from the films characters Mo’at: “It is hard to fill a cup which is already full.” Viewing this again with another version never persuaded any perceptions of the movie. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic ex-marine meets Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver). He also talks to Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), head of RDA's private security force and gives orders for him to follow. This reviewer is viewing the special edition re-release from the 3 disc DVD, which boasts of additional detailed scenes. The innovative Capturing Avatar, and humane A Message from Pandora (where Cameron and his wife meet a real tribe where people will suffer from a creation of a dam), deleted/additional scenes were v...

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  John
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04/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fern Gully or Avatar??

This is a cheap rip off of classic movies. The most obvious is Fern Gully. If you have seen Fern Gully you should see all of the connections, because there are a lot of them. The scene where the huge machine is cutting through the forest, where the person from the "bad guys" falls in love with the native, the hero standing up to those he once called friends, the hero rallying the natives to fight... from what i have given examples of so far 1. clearly shows the basic plot of Avatar, and 2. i was laying out the plot to Fern Gully.

The 3D version of this film is not worth the money, it doesn't add to the film at all. Unless you are willing to pay an inflated price to see bubbles wander from the screen from time to time it really isn't worth it.

I have given this film 1/2 star ou...

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02/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Avatar" by Yojimbo

A wheelchair bound ex-marine is called in to manipulate a genetically engineered version of a member of the indigenous population of a forest planet in an attempt to remove them from their homeland so it can be strip-mined for a rare mineral. James Cameron's return behind the camera is well known for its ground breaking 3D effects, but it was more his track record of producing the interesting stories that gave the original concepts of Alien and The Terminator a different twist which attracted me to this movie. In this case however, all he has presented us with is another Hollywood guilt trip about the murder of the previous occupants of the US in the middle of a huge CGI circle jerk. Much of this film is visually impressive but still unconvincing as a real world, feeling more like an elab...

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  jessicacarlson
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Avatar" is not simply a sensational entertainment, although it is that. It's a technical breakthrough. It has a flat-out Green and anti-war message. It is predestined to launch a cult. It contains such visual detailing that it would reward repeating viewings. It invents a new language, Na'vi, as "Lord of the Rings" did, although mercifully I doubt this one can be spoken by humans, even teenage humans. It creates new movie stars. It is an Event, one of those films you feel you must see to keep up with the conversation.
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  RonPrice
RonPrice
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AVATAR

Part 1:

The film Avatar has been out for nearly 6 years(12/09 to 6/15) after being in development since 1994, more than 20 years ago now.   I have read many reviews, listened to many comments and discussed it’s style and content with many both in cyberspace and in our wide-wide-world.  This prose-poem tries to encapsulate some of my initial thoughts on this blockbuster, its initial reception and some of its meaning drawing as I do on several sources of comment during these last six years.

James Cameron, who wrote, produced and directed the film, stated in an interview that an avatar is an incarnation of one of the Hindu gods who takes on flesh-form.   In this film, though, avatar has more to do with human technology in the future being capable of injecting a human's intelligence into a remotely located body, a biological body.  "It's not an avatar in the sense of just existing as ones and zeroes in cyberspace,” said Cameron; “it's actually a physical body." The great student of myth, Joseph Campbell(1), should have been at the film’s premier in London on 10 December 2009.  I wonder what he would have said.

Part 2:

Composer James Horner scored the film, his third collaboration with Cameron after Aliens and Titanic.  A field guide of 224 pages for the film's fictional setting of the planet of Pandora was released by Harper Entertainment in late November 2009.  The guide was entitled Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora. With an estimated $310 million to produce the film and $150 million for marketing, the film has generated a myriad positive reviews from film critics as well as its share of criticism especially over what many reviewers refer to as the film’s simplistic content.

Roger Ebert, one of the more prestigious of film critics, wrote: “An extraordinary film: Avatar is not simply sensational entertainment, although it is that.  It's a technical breakthrough." Avatar has had overwhelming success as a work of cinematic-art. Its enormous visual power,  its thrilling imaginative originality, its excitingly effective use of the 3-D technology seems bound to change permanently the nature of cinematic experience henceforth.--Ron Price with thanks to Wikipedia, 5 April 2010.

Part 3:

Like viewing Star Wars back in ’77

some said/an obvious script with an

earnestness & corniness/part of what

makes it absorbing/said another/Gives

you a world, a place/worth visiting/eh?

 

Alive with action and a soundtrack that

pops with robust sci-fi shoot-'em-ups...

A mild critique of American militarism

and industrialism.....yes the military are

pure evil........the Pandoran tribespeople

are nature-loving, eco-harmonious, wise

Braveheart smurf warriors…….Received

nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards

of the Broadcast Film Critics Association &

on and on go the recommendations for the

best this and that and everything else. What

do you think of all this Joseph Campbell???

 

You said we all have to work our own myth(1)

in our penta-polar, multicultural-dimensional

world with endless phantoms of our wrongly

informed imagination, with our tangled fears,

our pundits of error, ill-equipped to interpret

the social commotion tearing our world apart

and at play on planetizing-globalizing Earth.(2)

Part 4:

(1) If readers google Joseph Campbell they can find some contemporary insights in his many volumes of analysis and his comments on the individualized myth that Campbell says we all have to work out in our postmodern world.

(2)The Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, Bahá'u'lláh, has been presented as an avatar in India beginning, arguably, in the 1960s. There were only 1000 Baha’is in India in 1960, and now 2 million according to some reports.

Baha’u’llah has been associated in the Bahá'í teaching initiatives with the Kalki avatar who, according to a major Hindu holy text, will appear at the end of the kali yuga, one of the four main stages of history, for the purpose of reestablishing an era of righteousness.

There are many examples of what one might call a cross-cultural messianis m at the core of the Bahá'í teachings. This applies in India and in/to many other countries and religious communities. This approach has included: (a) emphasizing the figures of Buddha and Krishna as past Manifestations of God or avatars; (b) making references to Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita, (c) the substitution of Sanskrit-based terminology for Arabic and Persian terms where possible; for example, Bhagavan Baha for Bahá'u'lláh, (d) the incorporation in both Bahá'í song and literature of Hindu holy spots, hero-figures and poetic images and (e) using heavily Sanskritized-Hindi translations of Baha'i scriptures and prayers.

Part 5:

Footnote: For an excellent analysis of James Cameron’s films and especially Avatar go to the following link and my quotes below:

http://www.nybooks.com/ar ticles/archives/2010/mar/ 25/the-wizard/

Cameron’s real attraction, as a writer and a director, has always been for the technologies that turn humans into super-humans. However “primitive” they have seemed to some critics, the Na’vi—with their uniformly superb, sleekly blue-gleaming physiques, their weirdly infallible sure-footedne ss, their organic connector cables, their ability to upload and download consciousness itself—are the ultimate expression of his career-long striving to make flesh mechanical.

The problem here is not a patronizingly clichéd representation of an ostensibly primitive people; the problem is the movie’s intellectually incoherent portrayal of its fictional heroes as both admirably pre-civilized and admirably hyper-civilized, as a-technological and highly technologized. Avatar ‘s desire to have its anthropological cake and eat it too suggests something deeply un-self-aware and disturbingly unresolved within Cameron himself.

Cameron’s films depend for their effects—none more than Avatar—on the most sophisticated technologies available. Cameron tells himself that the technology that is the sine qua non of his technique isn’t as important as people think. In fact what makes Avatar special is the “human interest” story particularly the love story. But there is a large flaw in Avatar—one that’s connected to Cameron’s ambivalence about the relationship between technology and humanity.

The message of what is now James Cameron’s most popular movie thus far, and the biggest-grossing movie in history—like the message of so much else in mass culture just now—is, by contrast, that “reality” is dispensable altogether; or, at the very least, whatever you care to make of it, provided you have the right gadgets. In this fantasy of a lusciously colourful trip over the rainbow, you don’t have to wake up. There’s no need to go back home to the grey world. If you are really lucky you can stay immersed in the wonders of modern technology with the end of effort and the triumph of sensation. Whatever its futuristic setting, and whatever its debt to the past, Avatar is very much a movie for our time.

Ron Price

5/4/'10 to 23/6/'15. 


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I'm with you on this one.
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  Dylan
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SO i previously said I was reluctant to watch Avatar because of all the Hype. But I relented and it was great. Watched it in 2d and then in 3d. [Sad I know] And the 3 d experience was much better
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Yeah, this whole 3D thing is overrated. It would be a terrible thing if it completely took over the world of cinema. Like Roger Ebert said, I can't imagine seeing a serious drama in 3D...
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