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Avatar – 2D – [2009]

December 21, 2009

The man who made the word Love to be synonym with Titanic, sci-fi action to be synonym with Terminator is back after 12 years and how?? This time he has took 3D in his hands to take the film world to another level. So is he succeeded in his attempt and also won the hearts of the audiences just like before??

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The story is quite simple which can be easily fitted into the fusion of 2 genres: fantasy and sci-fi. Film takes place in 2154 A.D. when the Humans traveling to one of moons of Polyphemus, Pandora, which belong to Alpha Centuri A to colonize that land for its minerals, which belongs to Navi people who resemble human but taller than humans, blue in colour, have a tail but still not civilized i.e. still living a life along with nature. Humans can’t breathe in their atmosphere as it is completely surrounded by Ammonia. So the human scientists making Avatars which are the fusion of Human and Navi genes and sent to Pandora to understand that land.

Jake Sally, Grace Augustine and few others goes into the Pandora land but by accidentally Jake Sally was captured by the Navi People and the leader of them asks his daughter, Neytiri, to teach their customs. They love each other.

But while sending him, the orders given to Sally was to force the Navi people to move out their land so that the humans can explore their land easily. But Sally attracted by the Navi people and lifestyle, he becomes one among them. He fights along with the Navi people against Humans and what happens then forms the climax.

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So have you seen anything out of the world in this story? I am sure you couldn’t. Before going into the most important aspect of this film which ties us to the seat and keeps our eyes glued to the screen, I like to say another reason is its screenplay. Cameron takes his time to introduce and to make us adapt to his imaginative world which is full of surprises which makes us to think whether our Earth also would have been like that a million years ago or before. The pace of the film never wavers because it’s throwing surprises every time and in the end just like any Cameron film, it reaches a all-out war situation and I can say every second of this film is worthy and required.

As far as the acting part is considered everyone has played their part well but not any significant performances from any of them and script also didn’t require the same. Sam Worthington played the lead role Jake Sally, a former U.S. Marine, paralyzed from waist to leg, Sigourney Weaver (of Aliens fame) played as Scientist Dr. Grace Augustine and the main villain of the film, the role of Quaritch is played by Stephen Lang.

Neytiri, the princess the Navi tribals, is played by Zoe Saldana and you have read it right, it was played by her and you can’t say the same when you watch the movie because you can’t say she was a human on screen. And like her, few of the Navi people characters are played by humans.

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The music is by James Horner which is quite soothing and haunting. Be it in the romancing scenes or in the war scenes his music just right. In the intervals, this music was played and I am able to picturize the scenes. Amazing score.

Cameron has worked on Navi language(which consist of 1000 words), created that beautiful world Pandora which is quite astonishing. Be it its flora which consists of those glittering Helicordian, those flying flower like thing and its many other things or its fauna which consist of most brutal of all the animals dragon-like Banshee’s, horses-like Direhorses, A rhinoceros-like Hammerhead Titanothere, Thanator a six-legged, 24-feet long creature which is created exclusively by Cameron who wanted to outdo his previous creation the Alien Mother in Alien and some more.

He also explains the Navi people’s life with nature so well, by their bonding with the Banshee’s and the direhorses. Only when they are bonded with them, they can be controlled by the people. There are lot of other thing which can’t be explained but only can be seen and experienced.

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Cameron said that this story was written by 1985 and in the year 1994 the script was finished. In 1996, he announced that ‘Avatar’ is going to be his next film after Titanic. But he postponed this film as he found that he didn’t have required advancement in technology to shoot this film. In 2005, he felt that time has came to take up this project and he worked towards it.

The most important technological advancement he has made in this film is, until now the motion capture means the actors will perform and then the digital environment will be added. But Cameron specially made stereoscopic cameras which will capture the images of real time and the virtual camera will show how the virtual counterparts behaves in digital environment simultaneously. There are lot of other technological advancement made in this film which pushes us to a confused state on whether the things we are seeing were real or CG. And Cameron rightly quoted, “Ideally at the end of the day the audience has no idea which they’re looking at”.

After watching I couldn’t classify what is real in that film and what is not. Its a brilliant piece of special effects which makes to call the effects of 2012 as nothing. To praise the special effects of this film, I am yet to find a word. All I can say is, this is way beyond our time.

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So you can ask whether there is no drawback in this film. There are quite lot from age-old story, Navi tribals speaking English to lot of scenes reminds Cameron’s previous filmsΒ  but all of these cons were so small considering what Cameron has delivered on the screen.

Avatar – Movie world redefined.

Trailer:

All the details I have provided above are from Wikipedia and other sources. If you are interested you can check that out here, here and here.

PS: I have watched this movie in 2D as I couldn’t get the tickets for 3D. I am going to watch in 3D by this month end and will share that experience by Jan 2nd. If you choose to watch this movie, make sure you watch it in theatres, preferrably in 3D.

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2009 5:27 pm

    I was sure you were gonna do a review of this movie !!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ some how such movies dont appeal me much !

    kanagu: LOL… πŸ˜† hmmm… see it Bhai… you may like it…

  2. December 21, 2009 5:54 pm

    What a coincidence!
    Me too wrote about the movie!! πŸ˜€

    kanagu: No comments on my review.. will check yours πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. December 21, 2009 6:01 pm

    Nita has also reviewed this movie – you may want to take a look…

    http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/avatar-a-movie-with-a-green-message-movie-review/comment-page-1/#comment-125159

    kanagu: I have read her review Bones… and as you mentioned she has written about what the film tries to convey… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ but I liked its special effects much

  4. December 21, 2009 7:50 pm

    Boo hooo everyone is writing reviews of Avatar but I have not seen it yet 😦

    kanagu: Watch it soon Reema.. you will like it for sure πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. December 21, 2009 8:22 pm

    Bro, plssssss dont miss it in 3D. Its awesome !!

    kanagu: Thats for sure… I am gonna watch it in IMAX 3D… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  6. December 21, 2009 9:39 pm

    I saw the trailor of this movie when I went to see ‘paa’. Not my type of movie! Good to know that you enjoyed…youngsters’ movie…enjoy!!

    kanagu: You must watch it.. I am sure you will like it…. give it a try….

  7. December 22, 2009 5:58 am

    going for Avatar 3D later……… cinelesure damansara

    kanagu: Welcome here townguy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ watch it soon πŸ™‚

  8. December 22, 2009 9:23 am

    I haven’t seen any movie in theater in recent time!! 😦 😦 dunno when will i be able to do that!! SIGH!!! 😦 😦

    kanagu: 😦 😦 see this one Sakhi.. a good one to break that… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  9. Princess permalink
    December 22, 2009 11:25 am

    makes me wanna see it immediately.. but i dunno when i’ll get a chance to 😦
    thanks for the review

    kanagu: See it soon Princess.. its one of the cinematic spectacle… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. December 22, 2009 11:08 pm

    I so wanna see this movie… the bad part is that most of my friends have seen it so i m searching for some company :P.

    kanagu: LOL… wishing you to get a company soon πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. December 22, 2009 11:22 pm

    i last saw wake up sid! and after that i didnt feel like watching any movie! another skip i guess! 😦

    kanagu: Oh no 😦 😦

  12. December 23, 2009 9:29 am

    I was wondering why u hadnt put up a review for this so far!!! πŸ˜€ lol…

    kanagu: LOL πŸ˜†
    if its any consolation, i also had to watch it in 2D 😦 cudnt get tickets for 3D! but i m definitely gonna watch it soon in 3D !! yay!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€
    i still cant get the visuals out of my mind…!

    kanagu: Yeah.. me too going to watch it in 3D… woo hoo πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. December 23, 2009 2:22 pm

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  14. December 23, 2009 4:47 pm

    Hmmm not my kind of movie but the kind of words am hearing for this one, may be i will give it a try…dunno when but!

    kanagu: I am sure you will like this one Smita… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ watch it… πŸ™‚

  15. December 24, 2009 2:35 am

    Sorry Kanagu. I will read the review after watching the movie πŸ™‚

    kanagu: No need for sorry AK…. watch it soon and then read the review… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  16. Rashmi permalink
    December 24, 2009 1:52 pm

    me too likd this movie a lot…saw this in 2d only but simply superb screenplay…
    for these kinda movie story doesnt matter as screenplay is enough to keep u glued to screen

    kanagu: True.. screenplay is important.. and the visuals are out of world πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  17. December 25, 2009 5:14 pm

    now that’s a review..
    I also loved this movie..
    πŸ˜›

    kanagu: Cool πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ welcome back RSV πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  18. December 30, 2009 6:18 pm

    Will read the review after watching it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Sure…. πŸ™‚

  19. Cass permalink
    January 24, 2010 7:57 am

    umm, you spelled a couple things wrong
    he’s name is Jake Sully not Sally
    but good job in all

    kanagu: Welcome here Cass… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    I will correct them.. sorry for my mistake… thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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