Famously ten years in the making, the follow up to Titanic, James Cameron's baby Avatar in 3D is the film he designed a whole new technology for.
Jake (Worthington) is brought in at the last minute to replace his brother in the Avatar programme. The programme is based on a planet called Pandora and its native inhabitants the Na'vi, a ten foot high humanoid race living in the forest of Pandora. Jake uses his Na'vi avatar to ingratiate himself in the culture which is fine until man and Na'vi clash.
So is it any good?
Well visually its great, its beautiful and the 3D isn't too obvious or imposing (although I did feel a little queasy until I got used to it). The Na'vi look good, you can see the actors faces in the blue race, and their emotions are there – without the previous problem of dead eyes. Cameron has created his own world although to me a lot of it seems to be taken from his other passion – under the sea, some of the plants look like sea anemones or coral but visually was as far as this film worked for me.
The plot is so obvious you would have to be a small child not to see whats happening – why, like Titanic, has Cameron done this. Visually I would give it four stars – maybe even five for the technology but this is a film that is severely hampered by a cliche ridden script. Ferngully anyone?
Directed by James Cameron
Sam Worthington – Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana – Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver – Dr Grace Augustine
Stephen Lang – Col Miles Quaritch
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