/Avatar Mixed Bag

Avatar Mixed Bag

Avatar has won numerous accolades, broken world records and pioneered new special effects technology, but movie goers hoping for revolutionary writing will be disappointed. Written, produced and directed by James Cameron (Titanic, The Terminator Series), and starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang.
Cameron’s latest offering sees Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) play Jake Sully, a paraplegic ex-marine who ships out to the alien world Pandora to take part in an experiment started by his dead brother.
On the lush jungle world, a nebulous and unnamed corporation harvests the poorly named, extremely expensive and rare element ‘Unobtanium.’ The corporation hires military forces, led by Stephen Lang (The Men Who Stare at Goats) in a turn as transparent antagonist Colonel Miles Quaritch to fight the dangerous Native creatures.
The world is home to a myriad of wonderfully designed and animated creatures and scenery, and a large blue humanoid native race. The natives revere nature, which stands at odds to the corporate interests.
Jake Sully soon finds himself between the two worlds, when he inhabits the body of a genetic hybrid between the two species. Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters II, the Alien series) guides him as Doctor Grace Augustine, a cynical, but caring scientist.
The film takes much from tales like “Dances with Wolves”, “Pocahontas” and other similar tails, without adding anything substantial. Often times the characters seem flat, and the dialogue stilted, with slower scenes tending to drag on dramatically.
It does, however, showcase remarkable special effects and visual design, reminding us why James Cameron is so lauded for his films. The action scenes where masterfully done, if sometimes overly long, with a climax that is breathtaking. Those who go expecting a thought provoking film will leave disappointed, but those who know what to expect from Cameron hopefully won’t regret having seen it.