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Avatar (2009)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 (United Kingdom), 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,025,481, 20 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$760,507,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,787,965,087, 13 February 2015
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film bears a striking resemblance, in terms of plot, to the Indian movie Vietnam Colony (1992). It should be noted that "Vietnam Colony" was released in 1992, and James Cameron said that the "Avatar" script was ready in 1995 and had many inspirations from India, including the title. A brief comparison between both the movies: (1) "Vietnam Colony": Mohanlal and an innocent guy are appointed by a real estate company to a notorious colony called Vietnam Colony, as this colony has high real estate values. "Avatar": Sam Worthington is appointed by the RDA Corp. to go to Pandora, as the place has a valuable mineral called Unobtainium. (2) "Vietnam Colony": Mohanlal disguises himself as a writer and becomes a member of the colony. "Avatar": Sam transfers his mind to a Navi body and becomes a member of Pandora. (3) "Vietnam Colony": Mohanlal falls in love with the heroine (Kanaka), who is an important resident of Vietnam Colony. "Avatar": Sam falls in love with Neytri (Zoe Saldana), who is an important resident of Pandora. (4) "Vietnam Colony": While Mohanlal was trying to cheat the colony residents and throw them out of the colony, he understands that the company is doing an injustice and tries to help the residents. "Avatar": While Sam was trying to cheat the Pandora residents, he understands that the company is doing an injustice and tries to help the residents. (5) "Vietnam Colony": Mohanlal finally joins hands with the colony residents and fights against his company. "Avatar": Sam joins hands with the Navis and fights against his company. (6) "Vietnam Colony": At the end of the movie, Mohanlal becomes a permanent Vietnam Colony resident. "Avatar": At the end, Sam becomes a permanent Pandora resident. See more »

Goofs

Mo'at stabs Jake with the arrow to check his blood. In the next shot, she licks the blood again. 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

There are no opening credits of any kind (outside of the 20th Century Fox title card). The title of the film doesn't appear on screen until the end of the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Nova ScienceNow: Can We Live Forever? (2011) See more »

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
Leona Lewis performs courtesy of Syco Music
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Technically outstanding. Originality: oh well....
11 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

Well, I just saw Avatar this morning, one of the press premieres which are running on these days. My opinion: you've seen this story a hundred times, but never like this. Finally 3D is what it's supposed to be, an instrument at the service of the movie. You'll enjoy the visual experience, no doubt.

As for the story, some of the "inspirations" are so huge and so obvious that mentioning two or three of them would REALLY ruin the movie for you, and I'm not willing to do that. Lots of mysticism and ecology, if you like that stuff. If you're 15 or so, you'll have a great time thinking that it's the first time somebody makes something like this. If you're an experienced movie watcher, better leave your skepticism at the door, bring lots of pop corn and enjoy with the usual action-flick-with-moral-and-loads-of-clichés.

I liked it, however: "the movie that re-invents movies"??? No way.


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