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January 3, 2010

Movie Review: Avatar – Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, & Giovanni Ribisi

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You may or may not have already read a review of Avatar, but if you are one of the 3 people in the country who hasn’t seen Avatar, you need to go see it.

Warning: you probably need to get your tickets at least a few hours in advance, then arrive at the theater at least an hour early to stand in line to get a good seat.  I wouldn’t have thought that was the case with a movie that has already been in the theater for a couple weeks with a bunch of other really good movies at the same time, but it is so.

Normally I would save my rating for the end of the review, but due to the nature of my rating, I will go ahead and give it.

Plot: 2 out of 5
Visual Effects/Experience: 5 out of 5

Review – Plot (spoilers – skip to next section after the first sentence if you don’t want to know what happens):
If you have seen Dances with Wolves (amazon affiliate link) you have seen Avatar from a plot perspective.  The movie takes place on a planet called Pandora.  You soon learn that Jake Scully is not the original man for the job, but due to his twin brother being shot while being mugged, he is the only man for the job.  Jake is an ex-Marine who has been paralyzed from the waist down.  Since Jake is an identical twin and the Avatars (genetically created human/Nav’i hybrids) are created for a specific person Jake is the only human available to connect with the Avatar.  Jake is tasked with infiltrating the Nav’i and learning their ways so that the corporation can displace them to gain access to the largest deposit of unobtainium on the planet.  Just like in Dances with Wolves Jake “goes native” as he realizes the horrible intentions that the humans have.

Review – Visual Effects/Experience:
WOW is the best way to describe the visual masterpiece that James Cameron

has created.  Cameron has also partnered with James Horner for the soundtrack as well so the combination of visuals and soundtrack is just amazing.  I watched the movie in digital 3D and while I wasn’t really impressed with the 3D experience I thought the movie was amazing and will probably buy this movie when it comes out on DVD.

What are your thoughts on Avatar?