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He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could see, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.
Opening: James Cameron called himself the king of the world 12 years ago for his amazing success with "Titanic". His life is on repeat. Avatar, the thrilling epic directed by Cameron, is one of the best films of 2009 and one of the greatest technical achievements in cinema history.
Brief Summary: 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.
Review: Watching this film on the big screen is an experience you will never have again, unless a film as visually satisfying comes along again. The effects are the most amazing thing I have ever seen on screen. The film is a powerhouse in that department. The screenplay: There are points where it gets unoriginal, but the amazing effects primarily cover it up. The acting has its high and low points. Let's start with Sigourney Weaver. One of the most popular science fiction actresses (or actors, I might add) known to date. Her roles in the Alien series really helped. Here, her role is much more mature. She isn't killing an alien race from another planet (Well, technically not), she is saving the race from the deforestation of the now habitating humans. She uses her strong intentions to save the Na'vi. Another high point is Zoe Saldana. She gives the best fully CGI performance ever. She has the right emotion for the role. Low points include Sam Worthington's stiff as wood performance, and Michelle Rodriguez (spelling), the manly woman who sounds like a dying horse. James Cameron shows us he can make a comeback from his success. His dedication for this project is very strong as we can tell through the movie. This film is a must-see on the big screen, but how will it be on a small TV at home?
Overall: Enjoyment: 10/10 | 99/100 | A+ | 5/5 Acting: 8/10 | 79/100 | B+ | 4/5 Direction: 8/10 | 82/100 | B | 4/5 Screenplay: 7/10 | 69/100 | B- | 3.5/5 Final Grade: 9/10 | 86/100 | B+ | 4.5/5