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Avatar is the story of ex-Marine Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet filled with exotic life forms, Pandora. As an Avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture.
After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na'vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he's supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who'd like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na'vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron's complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na'vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron's crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it's the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves--awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering--that makes Avatar's pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron's dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you're won over by the movie's trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended "take that, Michael Bay" final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn't measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. --Robert Horton
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You need to get past the whole fantasy thing, do so quickly, immerse yourself in the Plot and the whole emotional direction of the film. Its Classic Good versus Evil - and we all know how that ends - but its the journey there that's utterly stunning. Its hard - impossible - to adequately describe the superb job the whole Film Crew has done putting together an edge-of-the-seat plot line (even though you know the good guys will win rofl).
Astonishing visuals, brilliant acting, superb film craft - its hard to do true justice to this film. They are actively working on a sequel right now, with a further three in the works. Based on this film alone, I will buy all of them them sight unseen, such is the impact of this Stunning Film. Many Sci-Fi fans of the middle and older Generations will remember the Lensman Series of novels which became the Legend of Sci Fi even today - I put this on that level. This film series will be Epic.
Run - sprint like hell frankly - dont walk - to get the film, and watch a piece of Film Legend.
Cinema purists complain about the 16:9 full frame "issue" saying its not cinematic enough and the additional screen space has been pretty much wasted, but with a film this good looking I'm sure James Cameron just didn't want anything to go to waste.
The story is literally Dances With Wolves set in space, and Sam Worthington's character Jake really isn't likeable, even if you sympathise with his physical disability. All the way through the film he acts like a real tool, and at the end of the film he is still just brave and stupid.
Maybe this was supposed to have an undercurrent of "love conquers all", or maybe even a redemption story; but there is no drama in the love story, Jake never gets truly punished for the things he does wrong, doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes, doesn't have to come to terms with his physical disability and doesn't seem like a better person at the end.
So if they wasted the opportunity for a decent love or redemption story, we are left with lots of action and lots of unexplained things.
Why did they call it "Inobtanium"? Really? Why not just call it blue Kryptonite and be done with it.
Why do we even need Inobtanium so badly? They never really give more than two sentences to explain the whole reason two tribes went to war over the stuff, yet it's the whole point of the film.
Why can't they find more Inobtanium elsewhere on the moon? They have the capability of shipping soldiers 5 years across the solar system but can't move more than 250 miles to find an alternative site?
So after the lame story, zero charisma from the leading man, and huge plot holes, we are left with lots of fighting, and it is very pretty fighting.
I watched this on my 4k 3D 65" Samsung TV and it looks amazing in every shot, and sounds good too. I listened in DTS-HD uncompressed 5.1 and the distinct sounds of the jungle, animals and machines are all great and add nicely to the atmosphere. Technically Avatar is better than most other spectacle films, equalled only by Pacific Rim (in my humble opinion) and to a slightly lesser extent the two most recent Transformers films.
The battle scenes look fantastic and the 3D helps to accentuate size and scale nicely. Sometimes the Na'vi and the wildlife can look a little plastic, but if that's the worst I can say about a film that's 95% CGI that's really impressive.
If you want something loud and shiny to watch on a Friday night, or want to test out your new 3D TV then you have to get this. If you want something intelligent, challenging and thought provoking you should really look elsewhere.
What you receive, is a Blu-ray case, with Avatar picture on the front, and two discs inside. The Blu-ray case comes in a card exterior with a 3D picture on the front. The picture on both the case, and card exterior is the same (except that the 3D artwork is only on the card, not the Blu-ray case). The two discs inside are a Blu-ray Disc, and a DVD. The Blu-ray disc contains both 2D and 3D (You change that setting in the menu).
My only problem is about the card exterior. At the bottom on the front, is a piece of thin paper showing the age restriction, and the words '3D EDITION', and this paper wraps at the bottom, so is on the outside and inside of the card exterior, which causes problems, and possible damage, if the disc case is inserted through the top of the card exterior. It is not a major problem, it just means, that to maintain minimal damage, you need to always insert the disc case through the bottom of the card exterior.
I said I purchased this set out of curiosity and I am so glad I did. When I watched the movie for the first time (in 3D), I was glued to the screen for the entire time. I was fascinated by the history of each character, and to this day, I still feel I want to visit Pandora, because it is such a magical and interesting place.
Overall, if you want to watch Avatar, and have the flexibility to watch it on any media device (games console, computer, DVD/Bu-ray player, etc.), then purchase this item. I do not regret buying it for a single second, and I don't think anyone else will either.