Avatar – 2009

Language: English

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez

Director: James Cameron

Music: James Horner

Reasons to watch: Amazing VFX and photorealistic 3D imagery.

Reasons not to watch: Weak storyline that bores you as it progresses.

Storyline: It is 2154 and the focus is on Pandora – a planet few light years from the Earth, inhabited by an abnormally tall, cat eyed, blue-skinned humanoid race called the Na’vi. Humans are at work on this planet with three different motives. A group of scientists is led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), the brains behind ‘Avatars’ – bodies identical to the Na’vi clan, that are created by the inter-linking of human and Na’vi DNA but remote-controlled by scientists, with a sole purpose of maintaining diplomatic relations with the locals. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a paraplegic Marine who volunteers for the Pandora program by taking his deceased twin brother’s place.

A major mining conglomerate and the military dudes sum up the remaining human task-force on Pandora. Giovanni Ribisi (makes a fool of himself in the movie) stars as Parker Selfridge whose obsessed agenda is Unobtanium – a valuable mineral found on Pandora, especially at one of the most holy places of the Na’vi. The plan is to let the avatars live among the Na’vi, quell them up, offer them various improvements (I wonder why they would need ‘improvements’ with flying giants on their side) and take the Unobtanium from right under their noses (big ones) 😛 . Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) heads a league of ex-military dudes who have been hired to provide security; but these guys are impatient brats itching to provoke the Na’vi into war. Stephen Lang’s overacting gives you the feeling he is constantly on steroids.

Having lost his way during a training program and rest of the team abandoning him, Sully is rescued by Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), a young Na’vi lady, with whom he later falls in love (James Cameron loses the plot here). Thereafter, Sully lives with the Na’vi and soon gains enough trust and information that would make him a valuable asset to the Pandora program. Torn between the two worlds, Sully finds himself in a climacteric fight for his own survival and that of the natives.

Climax Handling: A logical ending to a not so extraordinary story. 3D imaging at it’s best.

Points: Avatar, the ’so called’ future of cinema is finally out. James Cameron’s confounding epic is a mix of mind-boggling visuals and eye rolling silly stuff. For all the pre-release banter about how this movie was going to change the future of movie-making, it disappoints. So is it worth a watch? Absolutely yes! But only for the technical bustle. But as a consummate movie? There lies the problem.

Rating: 8.0/10

Comments: Avatar scores in the depiction of it’s CGI world, but fails like 2012 with a messed up screenplay filled with clichés and hackneyed expressions.