Review by Gabriella Incalza Kaplanova.
Believe the hype, Avatar is absolutely impressive. Admittedly breathtaking, at first. But, between you and me, I started yawning an hour into the film. It’s simply too long. Well, at least for me it was. Two hours and 40 minutes with no breaks, quite frankly, felt too much to be sitting in a packed cinema theatre, wearing 3D glasses on top of my own glasses. And, once I got used to the impressive graphics, there was not much left.
So, what’s this 2009 epic science fiction movie about? Well, Avatar is the story of an ex Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with surreal, exotic life forms. It is set in the year 2154, when humans are mining a precious metalcalled unobtanium on the moon Pandora, in the Alpha Centauri star system. The colonists’ expansion threatens the continued existence of the Na’vi, a humanoidspecies indigenous to Pandora, as well as the moon’s ecosystem. The protagonist is an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, and he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. At first, the story feels a bit hard to follow but, as soon as you get the gist of what’s going on, it becomes a bit, well.. kind of, too predictable.
Avatar marks the return of 1997 Titanic’s director James Cameron, who took ten years to put this film together. Yes, it is an extraordinary movie. And Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang are all amazing in it. This film, which marks a breakthrough in film making technology and was released both in two dimensional as well as 3D projection, has broken all previous box office records and has already made more that $2 billion, whatever that means.
Now, there will be a sequel, and probably it will be as astonishing as the first one. But, if you are not into science fiction, quite frankly, I think you can live without it.
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