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Avatar (2009)

December. 10,2009
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In the 22nd century, a paraplegic Marine is dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission, but becomes torn between following orders and protecting an alien civilization.


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By the third act, I was impatient to leave the cinema. The story and writing are non-existent. All the characters are forgettable, and none of the acting performances seemed confident or convincing.I think nearly 10 years on this film has failed to change cinema as it promised and its legacy is one of mediocrity. Finally, the special effects were consistently jarring, because they looked artificial.

Owen Ogletree

Ah, Avatar. The highest-grossing movie of all time as well as one of the most insanely hyped. It is often recognized as a milestone in filmmaking. I know that I'm far from the only one to espouse this opinion, but I feel that the amazing technology and special effects on display save this film from mediocrity.Let's get the obvious out of the way. Pandora is of course a wonder to behold. It's a totally immersive experience, and gives you a sense of wonder. The sheer visual splendor and world-building alone managed to keep my attention for a good while.Unfortunately, that is really the only thing about this movie that is truly groundbreaking in any way. The story is pretty pedestrian and nothing new whatsoever. As many have pointed out, it borrows heavily from many other movies of its kind, most notably "Pocahontas" and "Dances With Wolves."The performances and main characters are serviceable, but sadly nothing more. Jake Sully's relationship with the Navi was pretty interesting at times, but is sorely lacking depth. The dialogue isn't that great, either.One of the film's biggest problems is its 161-minute running time. As I said earlier, the film kept my attention for a while, but during the last 30-40 minutes, I pretty much lost interest. It also didn't help that the themes and messages felt pretty heavy-handed at times.It hurts me to be critical of this film, because James Cameron is one of my all-time favorite movie directors. I'm giving this film an above-average grade just for the amazing visual experience alone, but basically everything else was average in every sense of the word. Were it not for the enormously high budget that went into making this, it would probably be forgotten by now.RATING: C+


Who would like to remember this ugly and funny face again? It's just a comerical movie with high investing not a meaningful movie. OK. We found that other cultures have similar emotions and loves in their society. So what? It was obvious for everyone and there's no need to show some blue monkey as a different culture. Maybe it's kind of insulting to other cultures.


This movie is truly breathtaking! Everything feels so real and you truly care for the characters. The plot is great, and really makes you route for the good guys. A must-see in theaters but nearly at good on your home screen.