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2009

Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

1074
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 1001582

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Zoe Saldana as Neytiri
Sam Worthington as Jake Sully
Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacón
Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine
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23.976 fps
2hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Florent 6 / 10

Visually stunning, but ultimately unimaginative

First of all, let me get it out of the way: yes, Avatar is visually stunning. With better scenario and dialogs, it could have been a very good movie; alas, it was completely predictable, and fancy special effects alone do not make a good movie.

Let's start with the picture. As I said before, the special effects and computer animation are really good; the textures feel very real, and the degrees of liberty that CGI animation allows in terms of camera angles and movement is well used for dramatic effects. The luxurious vegetation of the forest and the CGI-animated wild animals are a treat to the eyes. In terms of artwork, there is a definite influence from Nausicaa (the forest-world, the spores) and Starcraft (the vessels, the goliaths). I saw the movie in an IMAX movie with 3D glasses, but I am not convinced that they used the full potential of it - quite honestly, the Haribo commercial before the movie made a better use of it. I find it more strenuous to watch a movie with the 3D-glasses - some details are blurry, and it feels likewise when the camera makes swift lateral movements.

Now, the scenario - the movie disappoints in that area. The plot is very Manichean, and it feels like a remake of Pocahontas, interspersed with elements from / tributes to Star Wars (Pandora and the Na'vi look like Endor and the Ewoks respectively), Nausicaa (the forest as an entity, the destructive impact of civilization on nature, the spores in the forest), Starcraft (Colonel Quarritch and Dr Augustine bear some resemblance with Arcturus Mensk and Sarah Kerrigan), Matrix (the concept of controlling another image of self), and maybe even Independence Day (the pilot fighter suicide) and the Lion King (the father's death, "go, and never come back!", ... am I going to far here?). But I can honestly say that I haven't been surprised at any point in the movie. You know from the beginning that he will be accepted by the Na'vi, that he will fall in love, that he will defect, that he will ultimately prevail after suffering some heavy casualties, and that he will find a way to permanently transfer his mind into the body of his avatar.

It would have been interesting if the movie had dealt in more depth with the issues related to transferring one's mind into another body for instance, maybe a la Twelve Monkeys Army, where the "hero" is clearly deeply affected by experiences that the mind is not used to deal with (time travel in that case, but it is not that different from what we have here). Likewise, the love interest of our hero seems very indifferent to the fact that he really is a human remotely controlling a human - Na'vi bastard. I was expecting someone (him, her, or even one of the other humans in the scientific group) to show at least some kind of surprise / doubt when these feelings emerge. I was expecting more complexity in the social interactions of the characters, and their personality.

I also take issues with some big stereotypes: corporations and the white men are greedy, indigenous people are pure, brave, and connected to the earth, but dumb - thankfully there is a human to teach them how to fight those who come from the sky. To some extent, the movie feels like a remake of the colonization of the Americas; just replace the Na'vis by native Americans, the aircrafts by ships, and modern weapons by muskets, and you have it. Except of course the colonization of the Americas did not have such a happy ending for the native tribes.

On the whole, the movie is beautiful, but it feels like the main goal was to showcase fancy special effects. The movie would have benefited from more detailed characters, and a less linear and predictable plot. My rating is 6/10.

Reviewed by thomaswallingford 2 / 10

"It's Pretty"

It's been nearly 10 years since I saw this movie and I still use it as a benchmark for an absolute pile of garbage that gets undeserved praise.

When it came out and I railed against it, some of my friends would talk about how good it was and how it was just a popcorn flick and this and that.

So I asked them to name something good about the movie that didn't mention how good the graphics were. None of them, at any point, answered me. Every time I omitted the caveat about not mentioning how pretty it was, the first and only answer I got was that it was pretty.

It's an incredible tech demo, to be sure. Everything else is some of the worst, trite, or overused garbage I've ever seen. In almost every single shot there's either poor writing, poor characterization, poor acting, poor plotting, or poor motivation.

Here's a thing you may not have caught: All the characters have sex with their horses. When Jake Sully goes into his new body and starts playing with his tendril, he is told to stop playing with it or he'll go blind. A clear masturbation joke. Later, he sticks that into a horse. Everyone sticks their genitals in horses.

But no one thought about it because it's a dumb popcorn film that inexplicably took 15 years to write. You don't take 15 years to write Transformers. You take 15 years to write a movie that has something to say and that you think is well thought out.

Also, unobtanium is a terrible name for an element you clearly have obtained and can obtain. Unobtanium is an actual word though. It's a word meaning a substance that doesn't exist, but would be the proper material for an application. It means the opposite of how it's used in the movie.

Fifteen years of planning and you ended up writing Pocahontas. People say it's Fern Gully, but think about it. Every plot point is lifted from Pocahontas. The natives even talk to a tree. Even accidental things, like the fact that the main white person in both movies have four letter first names and five letter last names and their initials are J.S. made me go "Even when you tried not to be Pocahontas, you ended up being Pocahontas."

Fifteen years and the poisonous atmosphere can sometimes be breathed in, so long as they're in a helicopter with an open door and not in danger because of plot. Fifteen years of writing and there's only one guard to protect against everyone in the military jail (and no one guarding the hangars... and no one on the way to the hangars).

Every aspect of the film outside of the animation is a baffling mess. Everything.

Reviewed by azzatochristopher 10 / 10

One of the best movies ever made

Avatar is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I love how Jake finds Neytiri. I also like how even though she gets mad at Jake, she is able to overcome it and work with Jake to take back their territory.

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