Avatar, a Mr. E Movie Review
(Run time: 161 min. – Directed by: James Cameron – Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver)
James Cameron’s Avatar is an awesomely engrossing, visually astounding, masterpiece of a motion picture. If you do one thing for yourself see Avatar in digital 3-D and if possible try to see it in IMAX 3-D! After only a few short minutes you will find yourself lost in this one-of-a-kind world.
When Jake Sully’s brother Tony is killed during a robbery Jake, played by Sam Worthington, is asked to replace his twin brother on Pandora as the “driver” of his personally grown “Avatar” of which a lot of time and money has gone into creating and only someone genetically linked to it can operate. His only professional skills are that he was formerly a Marine. Unfortunately he was paralyzed from the waist down while on duty on Earth.
Pandora is one of the moons of a planet called Alpha Centauri A. In 2154, the humans are trying to colonize the moon after finding that it is rich in a mineral called Unobtanium. Standing between the humans and this valuable mineral is the moon’s native people the Na’vi. The Na’vi are creatures that stand 9 feet tall, have tails, and sparkling blue skin. These indigenous people have an almost network-type oneness with Pandora’s other creatures, plants, and even the planet itself.
After traveling over 4 light years Jake arrives on Pandora. He is quickly thrown into his Avatar and taken out into the jungle. Suddenly an accident causes Jake to be lost in the forest and about to be in a danger situation as night falls. That is until Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana, finds and rescue’s him from a wild pack of alien wolf-like animals.
Will Jake follow orders and help the humans get the Unobtanium or will he become engulfed among the Na’vi people? Will the humans greed destroy the natives or will the environment itself not allow for the ravaging of its natural resources?
Everyone is, and will be, talking about the techniques James Cameron created to capture the live action from his actors. The result is CGI that is so right on the money you really believe what your seeing. On top of that, the world and creatures Cameron’s created are so uniquely original that you might find yourself looking to the sky wondering if somewhere out there could they really exist.
Sam Worthington is great as the lead. He has a nice charisma that compliments his wheelchair bound Marine/boundary breaking Avatar character. After the job he did here you might just see a lot of new roles going his way in the near future.
Zoe Saldana has proven herself again. Breaking out of her “Uhura” role and taking her Na’vi character Neytiri to a very realistic and savage level. Zoe is a hot new talent that too is sure to be burning up the big screen for years to come.
Another actress proving herself again is Sigourney Weaver. She has the classic presence of a leading actress that just elevates every scene she’s in. Her supporting role in Avatar, both as an Avatar Na’vi or as the lead scientist, is top shelf. While finally, Stephen Lang’s portrayal of Colonel Miles Quaritch is not only right on the money but everything about him right down to his battle wounds is as militant and warmonger-ish as you can get. And that’s exactly what Cameron was going for!
As a movie going experience Avatar is going to be one of the best time’s you’ve ever had. Just about every sense you have is going to be bombarded with amazement, in a good way. Young and old alike are sure to find themselves enjoying this breakthrough film.