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A ‘Kiran Bernard Kutinha’ review

“You should see your faces!”

James Cameron the producer, director and writer of the much awaited 3d sci-fi epic ‘Avatar’, blows you out of your mind by bringing to screen his imagination drawing inspiration from every single science fiction book he read as a kid. This adventurous action/ sci-fi/ thriller is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a moon of the planet Polyphemus inhabited  by Navi  a race of  indigenous humanoids. Pleasantly the icing on the cake turned out to be on the credits section with Sam Worthington as Jake Sully followed by Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, Sigourney Weaver as Dr Grace, Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch and Giovani Ribisi as Parker Selfridge, together they deliver an applaudable action performance.

Pandora is the moon with exotic life forms and is inhabited by Navi; the blue skinned super strong humanoids with feline characteristics. They live in simplicity with nature, and are on the brink of falling prey at the hands of a selfishly motivated organization headed by Parker Selfridge who is carrying on a mining activity intended to exploit Pandora – rich in Unobtanium, a mineral worth millions which would help solve Earths energy crisis. Jake Sully a wounded former marine is given the opportunity to take the place of his recently deceased twin brother Tom; a PHD who trained 3 years for the Pandora mission. A mission whose objective is to establish peaceful relations with the Navi.The Avatars are genetically developed Human/ Navi hybrids. They are controlled by thoughts and inherent personality of the human that are remotely channeled into these synthetically grown bodies. Colonel Miles Quaritch a tough nut who is all out to do his job promises Jake, the replacement of his legs under the condition of Jake returning with Intel on the Navi and eventually achieving success in the Avatar program. While on mission Jake in his Avatar form gets separated and lost on Pandora. He meets Neytiri a female Navi and is accepted into their race. As chance would have it in a matter of time he figures he is in love and also has an emotional change of heart to which side he takes.

Avatar is a tad too long with a run time of 162 minutes. The predictable story no better than 5th graders narration does tend to hurt the back. But the excitement created by its breathtaking and incredible visual effects, is sure an experience of a life time. Cameron has successfully taken movie making to a different level, by using his own 3D cameras which gives you the perception of depth at its ever best. Not to mention the visualization, creature and environment creation makes you feel you are in wonderland and this is how it looked like before Pandora opened her box of troubles. More than 10 years in the making this larger than life, big budget film is a complete package for the entire family to enjoy, and forces the viewer to overlook the feeble and not so indulging storyline.

I suggest it is best watched in 3D format and to leave the 2D version for home viewing. The film has been wonderfully crafted and its strength lies in the presentation of the idea. Avatar is a figment of James Cameron’s vision that has been translated into a beautiful creation for the big screen. Also Avatar winning awards and having more such awards in the pipeline has opened the doors to numerous film-making possibilities. The success and mass-acceptance of this particular format of film making will inspire many movie makers to sail but some will no doubt fail to recreate the magical experience, James Cameron always manages to create with such ease. The experience in its totality is out-of-this-world and fascinating which makes it a visual treat. I sign out by saying, I wish I could give Avatar a 5 but I’ll stop at 4 because I do still feel the story had the potential to be better and less cliché.

Enjoy.

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