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A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

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Storyline

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rated PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$237,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£8,509,050 (UK) (18 December 2009)

Gross:

$760,505,847 (USA) (12 November 2010)
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While being more praised as a director rather than as a screenwriter, James Cameron was harshly criticized by critics and audiences when they discovered that Cameron's script plagiarized Dances with Wolves (1990), Pocahontas (1995), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), and The Last Samurai (2003). What Cameron's script has in common with those films is 1.) the message of all things are connected, as well as featuring a main antagonist, who has a profound disregard for the native inhabitants that is evident in both his actions and his language (Pocahontas); 2.) the story of a white U.S. Army soldier who betrayed his corrupt and villainous army to band with the natives he had grown to love and care for and to become a leader and "savior" among them (Dances with Wolves and The Last Samurai); 3.) an idyllic rainforest blissfully populated by fantastic creatures and their home and lives are attacked by antagonistic humans who sought for their lust for riches and power, thus leads to war (FernGully: The Last Rainforest); and 4.) a star-crossed romantic affair set against the backdrop of discrimination and war (all of the aforementioned films). Critics have also noted extensive similarities found in Poul Anderson's 1957 novelette "Call Me Joe", in which a paralyzed man uses his mind from orbit to control an artificial body on Jupiter. Cinema audiences in Russia have noted that Avatar has elements in common with the 1960s Noon Universe novels by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, which are set in the 22nd century on a forested world called Pandora with a sentient indigenous species called the Nave. All of the criticisms of the film's plagiarisms were the reason why Avatar (2009) was never nominated, nor even considered for a screenplay award nomination during the awards season of 2009-2010 for most of the time, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. See more »

Goofs

As the dragon gunship takes off to join the formation for the finale battle it can be seen with a total of eight white missiles on eight weapon pylons; four on either side. Later on it only has four missiles on only four weapon pylons; two on either side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Sully: [Narrating] When I was lying in the V.A. hospital with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. I was free. But sooner or later, you always have to wake up.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

I See You (Theme from Avatar)
Performed by Leona Lewis
Music by James Horner and Simon Franglen
Lyrics by Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell, and James Horner
Produced by Simon Franglen and James Horner
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Avatar is a masterpiece & a breakthrough in cinema
15 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was Terminator in the 1980's and then Titanic in the '90s and it's definitely Avatar in the 2000s!!

James Cameron is my most favourite director and he has once again broken all boundaries and created a visual extravaganza.

Avatar is Cameron's latest magnum opus is probably one of the most anticipated movies since Titanic and now it seems that the visionary director has indeed created a film that'll revolutionise the world of cinema.

The movie is set in the year 2154 and is about a man called Jake who can't walk and he is selected in the Avatar program where he has to go to Pandora jungle which is not a planet but it is one of the three giant gasses that is about 4 light years away from earth. On Pandora there are life forms such as the navis that are about 10 feet tall have sparkly blue skin, big eyes and tails. The humans have genetically bred human-navi hybrids known as Avatars. Jake is able to walk but falls in love with a female navi and now he has to choose the side between humans or the navis.

The film was absolutely fascinating, interesting, entertaining and emotional. I loved the look on the Pandora jungle and it must be the best scenery in film history and the navis are definitely the best digital characters since Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. The special effects are so amazing that Pandora looks like a real location and you can mistake the navis as real characters. Avatar was almost 3 hours but it didn't seem that long.

Avatar already makes it on my top 5 favourite movies and I intend to see it again and I am already waiting for it to release on Blu Ray because I'm sure that it will be one of the best Blu Ray titles.


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