Avatar 3D Movie Reviews

Avatar 3D

Avatar 3D

Release Date: Dec 18, 2009

Genre: Action/AdventureSuspense/Thriller

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 5
    I have to admit, I was extremely dissapointed with the negative reviews for this movie. What those people have failed to realize is that the movie industry, like any other industry, is about improvement. Having said that, I can confidently say that I would much rather see this instead of "Dances With Wolves". The person who wrote that movie must've been aiming to put his entire audience to sleep. I had a pretty good nap the first time i saw it. But with Avatar, it is entirely different. The visuals are so far over the bar that they put any movie lover right in the forest with the Na-Avi. The story is very well written. The directing and screenplay made every second out of the entire two hour and fourty minute movie entirely necesary to the plot. The casting was perfect and anyone who denys this movie's near perfection is clearly stuck in the past when the cost of movies could come out of a single man's pocket.

    This is the beggining of a new-age for movies. Critics over the age of fourty aren't aloud to judge correctly without getting their heads stuck in the "back in my day" mode. I hate to bash the bashers in a movie review, but movies are purely entertainment. James Cameron has taken from the old generation and has given it to the young generation. I highly doubt that if those old movies were never written and this new movie came from a new writers briliance that the old guys who are bashing this movie wouldn't be near as "dissapointed" by it. For example, I am a young pessimist at best. I have seen more bad movies than good and trust me, I've pretty much rented out the entire local Hollywood Video store here and none of those movies come even close to the brilliance of Avatar.

    I saw this movie opening night with a few of my friends and, being anything but the average sci-fi freaks and geeks, we were all amazed. Even my sister's sceptical friend, who refused to "waste the money" by going to see it, was speechless by the time the credits were done rolling. I, and everyone I know who's seen this movie, strongly recomend that you ignore the bad press and see for yourself. I guarentee those under the age of thirty with a healthy love for movies will not regret it.

    (Any "basher" who reads this and wants to set up an arguement, feel free to contact me. But I'm a stouborn guy and I have more on you for not enjoying this movie than you do on me. Good luck)
  • 5
    One of the Best Fantasy Science Fiction Movies ever made. If Jules Verne, Asimov, Herbert, etc... had had this technology, this is one they would have made. A classic of it´s genre... Incredible visuals and the story, oh well, life in human terms, cruel and beautiful mix...
  • 5
    AVATAR is one of the best movie experiences I have ever had.
    James Cameron has outdone himself yet again. If ever there were any doubts that AVATAR would reach epic proportion, let them be cast aside immediately because this movie is going to pay for itself and THEN some!
  • 5
    Wow.
    AVATAR is one of the best movie experiences I have ever had.
    James Cameron has outdone himself yet again. If ever there were any doubts that AVATAR would reach epic proportion, let them be cast aside immediately because this movie is going to pay for itself and THEN some!

    AVATAR is a treat for the senses, obviously the first and foremost being visually. The 3D effects are so well done that the entire 3D medium will henceforth use this movie as a model, to be sure. The painstaking attention to detail taken in creating this masterpiece of imagery is to be applauded—I found myself smiling throughout nearly the entire film, based almost solely upon the appreciation for the sense of wonderment and feeling of actually being in the bio-luminescent forest world of the Na’vi people on the fictional moon Pandora.

    The sound is almost as amazing as the visual effects, and neatly compliments the seeming reality of our environment as we are engulfed and surrounded by everything from the living breathing sounds of the forest to the cacophonous noise of chaotic battle scenes. All this is perfectly melded together by a beautiful soundtrack which will serve as a wonderful stand-alone listening piece for almost any instrumental music lover.

    The plot: Jake Sully, our paraplegic marine hero becomes entangled with love interest Neytiri, a ten foot-tall blue alien humanoid, during his quest to thwart the destruction of her peaceful race (the Na’vi) in the name of mining a rare mineral from their land. Jake is relieved of the bondage of his wheelchair by “becoming” a Na’vi through connecting himself to a machine which allows him to exist as an avatar--a cloned Na’vi body/vessel. Confused? Don’t be—hero, bad guys with a plan, love interest, boy & girl join forces to fight evil, big battle at the end, guess what happens.

    The script is nothing new in terms of structure, but such is almost to be expected—it’s all been done before on so many different levels that predictability basically commonplace in moviemaking today. However, Cameron puts the plot together in such a way that we allow ourselves to overlook the obvious in favor of the method of delivery. As we head past the endearing character development and gratuitous eye candy scenes at the beginning of the film obviously designed to show off the talents of the effects crew, we are taken on a journey of emotion which both exhilarates and tugs at the heartstrings simultaneously.

    As soon as we fall in love with the Na’vi and their ways, we witness the calculated destruction of their environment for the purpose of harvesting one of its natural resources, in this case a rare mineral called “Unobtanium.” With no concern for the Na’vi people or their rights, this act of barbarity brings to mind many terrible traits that we humans have often displayed, and in some cases still do right here in the real world on earth.

    In receiving the message inherent in the script, one takes pause to wonder, has Mr. Cameron had a neo-pagan revelation? The religious undertones depicted in the Na’vi society are not so much undertones as a forthright lesson in combining spiritualism with polytheism and/or (earth) worship, along the same veins as American Indians, Aborigines, and the ancient Celts among others. Although this might not sit well with some viewers and could unfortunately be interpreted somewhat controversially, on a larger scale it is a wonderful method by which to convey a message of spirituality, unity and respect for the environment.

    Somewhat surprising is Cameron’s choice to include (some) profanity—when first we hear the use of language it becomes obvious that this film will not be for the youngsters and so cannot be categorized under the same class of such films as STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS or HARRY POTTER. No, with the violence of the battle sequences and hand-to-hand combat warfare, some slight sensuality, language and some smoking, AVATAR sets itself apart and takes on a PG-13 rating, thus making it a film all its own not only in terms of production scope but also demographically.

    Nonetheless, this movie has epic written all over it—AVATAR has just enough of a little bit of everything—a perfect medley of all the classic devices you’d expect to see in a film of this magnitude. In it Cameron’s use of metaphor brings home countless real-world conditions needing attention: deforestation, ecological disaster, resource depletion, racial xenophobia, greed, intolerance—the list goes on & on. Hardly a moment goes by that we aren’t reminded of some societal topic based in current events or upon history’s repeating itself and Man’s failure to learn from his mistakes.

    This is a must-see film in the theater in order to fully enjoy the 3D visual effects accompanied by the incredible surround sound. Don’t wait for DVD.

    ★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.
  • 2
    Avatar is proof that James Cameron has been believing his own press. The infintile attempt to impress the audience with this expression of 'white-guilt' is not worth either the time nor the money that was spent on it. The shallow story was not surprising, but I really expected more for the cinematography and 3-D effects. Frankly, there isn't any part of this movie that is better than G-Force 3D. (hint, that was insult)
  • 5
    James Cameron never disappoints and in this case goes above and beyond expectations. Movie of the Year no doubt, no matter what the Fauxcars choose. This story is not just a fantasy story, it is a direct reflection of our own history and of all the people in this world who have had their lives uprooted by colonial imperialism.
    This story has all the hallmarks of a good adventure: heroism, humanism, and plenty of eye-popping action. This is one of only two movies I can think of where it is absolutely vital to see in 3-D (the other being Speed Racer).
  • 4
    Almost 12 years ago today, James Cameron released his last feature directorial effort, TITANIC. Before its release, the film was plagued by so many delays and such an overblown budget that many predicted it would be the biggest bomb in history, would signal the end of 20th Century Fox, the studio that financed it, and, to a doomsaying few, signal the end of the blockbuster as we knew it. Then the movie was released, and, well, I don't need to tell you what happened. Here comes Cameron again, with a whole new set of expectations. AVATAR is supposed to be something completely new. It's supposed to revolutionize the way we see movies. It's supposed to set the standard that other big budget films will have to live up to for years to come. Is it any of those? Not really. But it is one thing: an incredible movie experience that requires seeing it in 3D in an actual theater.

    The first thing you need to know is that this is a James Cameron film, and thus, you should expect a few things:

    1) You're going to get a lot of bad dialogue and some questionable storytelling: Cameron is known for his technical prowess and tin ear. My friends and I have a drinking game where we drink every time we watch TITANIC and Jack yells "Rose!" and vice versa. We're drunk within 5 minutes. Cameron continues this tradition here. The film is filled with pseudo hippie drivel and inspirational BS. You also get conflicting sentiments. Just as in TERMINATOR 2, Sara Connor has no problem destroying everything in her path to essentially save her son, the Na'vi, a peaceful, nature loving people, have no problem destroying the very trees they are trying to protect. Cameron is not a great storyteller, but really, none of that matters when...

    2) Your going to see a spectacle onscreen: Cameron, after all, is the man that created the liquid metal T-1000 in TERMINATOR 2, and realistically sunk the Titanic. He reportedly had the idea for AVATAR 15 years ago, but waited until he or some other company came up with the technology to create the movie he wanted. I'm glad he waited, because AVATAR has the most realistic looking fantasy world I've ever seen on the big screen. The film takes place on the fictional Pandora, which is just like Earth, but on steroids. Trees are thousands of feet tall and mountains float in the sky. The beasts of the land and air resemble bizarre combinations of creatures that live (or lived) here. Then there are the native "people" of Pandora, the Na'vi. Peter Jackson started the ball rolling with Gollum, but that was one character. There are hundreds of Na'vi in this film, and they interact seamlessly with the humans. The battle sequences are also awesome (though the final battle is a bit overlong).

    In this day of Netflix and downloadable movies, you better give me a great reason to pay $15 to sit in a theater with a bunch of other people for almost three hours. AVATAR is that great reason.
  • 2
    Oh look, there is something shiny over there! Keep looking!....never mind this swill I'm spoon feeding you, just keep looking at the techno-effect-shiny thing!
    Yup, sorry to tell you..it's more of HolyWoods moralistic-cause-de jour dressed up with slick breakneck paced high tech CGI.
    Humans are bad, greedy, capitalistic, rape and pillage enviro-wreckers out to make a fast profit no matter who or what they have to kill/trample to get to it.
    Natives non-impact, nature loving, peaceful, in tune with their (and gaia-one world) feelings, who if left alone would never-ever have a violent thought or even pollute in the tiniest fraction..Koombia lets all hold grasping appendages.
    Transplanted human through evil miracle technology sees error of humans and goes rogue for natives.
    Yeh right..we get it...mankind should all just wither up and die because the world would be better off without us..every breath we take is killing nature a little bit more.
    Could Mr. Cameron not have shaved a few bucks off the over producted-over bloated CGI budget and dedicate it to a plot with a modic** of depth? Maybe something not so chock-full of preachy self loathing?
    I always love it when overpaid,overfed, over idolized entertainment types tell me how I'm not living right and MUST change to what THEY think would be best.
    I don't know how to make the stars into 1/2 but in reality I only give this 1 1/2 stars (1 for the stimulative effect on the economy thanks to all the jobs created for this massive budget piece of junk i.e. sort of hollywoods cash for clunkers program. ) and only 1/2 for the advancement in technology in CGI effects (would have given more, but the nausia folks will get from this piece of tripe movie will overshadow that achievement and have a net downing effect)

    In short save your money and support better entertainment. Don't encourage hollywood's failfest. If you MUST see this junk..get the DVD..trust me it will be out soon, it should have been a straight to DVD to begin with anyway.
    rate: 1.5 stars

  • 2

    By Richard von Busack

    Both an eyeful and a brain drain, Avatar is like meeting a gorgeous, high-cheekboned fashion model who has just had a lobotomy. Avatar caps a year that was to animation what 1939 was to studio films—the increased color range and delicacy of CGI were essential to 2009’s banquet of 2-D and 3-D animation, and Avatar’s visuals are part of that triumph.
    Despite what’s been claimed, though, you know you’re watching animated characters. Motion capture doesn’t always mean motion release. The timing appears off and the facial expressions oversimplified. It’s clear that we’re looking at synthespians.
    And another thing: director James Cameron’s script is an absolute embarrassment. Avatar’s financial success or failure isn’t my problem, but this time maybe Cameron will be exposed. Something needs to test his faith in his own ability to source other people’s plots without being detected.
    In the future, an unnamed Very Big Corporation is shipping mercenaries to the planet Pandora, where 9-foot-tall, blue-skinned noble savages called Na’vi live in a phosphorescent forest full of saurian beasts. The earthling invaders have excavated a vast open-pit mine, guarded by mercenaries.
    Jake (Michael J. Fox avatar Sam Worthington) is the paraplegic brother of a dead soldier who has agreed to take his brother’s place in an experimental program. The idea is to link Jake’s brain to a genetically engineered Na’vi shell; the program is under the direction of a chain-smoking biologist (Sigourney Weaver, no help). And—after the usual rituals—Jake becomes a member of this peace-loving people’s tribe, helped by the space Pocahontas Neytiri, played by a motion-captured Zoë Saldana.
    This princess sports giraffe ears and spots, brandy-snifter-size golden eyes and a literal Barbie-doll physique, with an elongated torso and teeny hips. Wide-set eyes are essential to movie glamour—if you can’t tell what a person is looking at, they are mysterious. The Na’vi’s long Zardoz-like braids conceal filaments; they can plug into the plants and animals of Pandora to commune with their spirits.
    Jake spends his days learning Na’vi lore, reverence for “Eywa,” the mother goddess of them all, and how to pray for the spirits of animals he skewers. But he is also reminded of his duties by a Marine colonel (Stephen Lang) who proudly wears his scarred face as a reminder of how the Na’vi can kill you—and also that scar-faced people are always evil. The plan to relocate the Na’vi will include deadly force.
    There’s a kind of romance in the idea of a forest giantess and a crippled human gasping in the thin air; the movie will appeal to men who love strong women for all the wrong reasons. Yet it’s also an insult to the women in the audience when Neytiri tells Jake to break a Pandoran horse, “You must choose him, and he must choose you,” but it’s up to him, the male, to choose a bride for life.
    Plotwise, Avatar is a blue-dyed remake of Dances With Wolves. Politically, Avatar has resonance; it fits in with our horror of redwood and rainforest crunching and the terror that no one will ever be able to fix the environment on Earth.
    There are certain references to the Forever War in Afghanistan and guilt at the terrible age of colonization. In actual history, there are shades to this tragedy: there are usually wars between tribes, and conquerors always use disaffected tribespeople as intermediaries. Cameron glosses over this potential plot thickener. Why go to all the trouble to infiltrate the Na’vi by disguising as them, especially when it’s clear to them right away that the humans are “Dreamwalkers”—fake Na’vi?
    The cast stumbles around the knowledge of the all-interconnected life on Pandora, as if no one had heard the Gaia hypothesis. Perhaps we’re supposed to approach the movie so wowed by the visuals that we won’t ask any questions. As a line reminds us, “It is hard to fill a cup that is already full.” (“That’s what the Moonies tell you,” retorted a friend.)
    Cameron purées a lot of non-European cultures into a blueberry-colored pudding. The Na’vi engage in South Pacific–style seated dances and they paint initiates into their tribe as Australian aboriginals do, but they’re also like Plains Indians, yipping as they ride. A cavalcade of movie references (“We’re not in Kansas anymore”) will still be in effect a century or two from now, and this planet’s witty name is one of the only references to a broader Earth culture. Strange, though, that there are so few Philip K. d*** references to the question of who Jake is, even as he loses sleep trying to lead two lives
    at once.
    The action sequences, however modified by the backdrops, are fairly routine: some relatively good early jungle-adventure moments give way to a neo–helicopter armada attack on a fortress of floating rocks or the bulldozing of a sacred tree several miles high. A very improved Michelle Rodriguez plays one of the pilots; she has certainly learned how to give a little to the camera since her first films. Much is recycled from Aliens in a new location despite the whirligig birds, the air jellyfish (seeds of the sacred tree) and the modified dinosaurs.
    Fans who insist that there’s no reason to make an intelligent story to go with superior graphics hold back the cause of science fiction. Umberto Eco wrote that Casablanca wasn’t a movie, it was the movies. Similarly, Avatar isn’t a movie, it is the tragedy of the movies: a thrilling technology capable of uniting the world in the hands of types who can’t see past the good-guys, bad-guys rites of a playground.

  • 5
    AMAZING, AMZING, AMAZINGNG, AMAZING.
    you will forget you're watching a movie.
    exceptional plot, storyline, action, characters and animation.
    this is the movie every new release for 5 years has been trying to be.
    it made awesome awesomer.

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