Direction: James Cameron.
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephan Lang.
(Catch the 3D version if you can, its worth all the money)
With ‘Avatar’ opens a whole new realm of possibilities for 3D cinema, won’t be just animal stories we will be watching from now on.
James Cameron Sir, his hold on storytelling just as strong as it was 10 years back when he sunk the mighty ‘Titanic’… for Avatar is every bit as great an epic!
Enormous concept of Pandora, a new world invaded by resource hungry humans (Currently exploiting planet Earth) brought down in a simplified screenplay. Mauro Fiore’s Cinematography accounting the story as importantly and precisely as it captures the impossibly colourful landscapes of Pandora. Salutations to Joe Letteri, the new god of special effects, on his unimaginable work… Woof! I am already out of Adjectives and James Horner still remains to be mentioned for his music.
It starts with Jack Sully (Sam Worthington) being taken to Pandora, after his twin brother is killed in a mugging attack. His brother was a scientist working on a program to infiltrate the species of Pandora, a distant planet that houses precious minerals. Now Jack must step into his brother’s shoes, for he is the only one who can access his brother’s Avatar because of their identical DNA’s (Complicated? Don’t worry, Cameron makes it easy to understand).
Jack connects to his Avatar and is taken into Pandora beyond the army base. Pandora is hostile to infiltrators! And jack gets lost in an escapade. Night falls, so do its creatures but yet again Jack is rescued, this time by a Na’vi (The specie) female Neytiri (Zoe Saldana)!
Meanwhile, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephan Lang) is preparing his battalion of massive robots, aircrafts and armed soldiers to attack Pandora and it people.
The Navi’s decide to make Jack a part of their clan and teach him their traditions. While he is at it, he falls in love with Neytiri. But soon there will be war and Jack knows that, for the Na’vi people will not vacate their home tree and the program to extract the minerals that rest beneath that tree must go on.
Can he save Pandora from his race?
The story is a metaphor to what’s happening in our world, and thus is a message that we have to protect ourselves- From ‘us’… and our conquests that ignores tradition and nature, the pillars of humanity!
Amongst the actors, Zoe Saldana’s strong portrayal strikes an additional chord, while Sam Worthington is believable as the Saviour. Stephan Lang very much fills you up with hatred for his violence freak, cruel character… and others play their part well too.
So Avatar is pretty much 10 on 10 for its genre. An essential watch, enjoy with family and friends!