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Avatar: Movie Review

James Cameron has brought film-making to another level. Films under his belt include "Aliens", the first two "Terminator" films and "Titanic" - all considered as modern day classics to say the least. If there is a pound for pound king for filmmakers, James Cameron would be very high on that list (maybe even number one). Now, Cameron is up for another challenge with a film script that he has kept for more than a decade. "Avatar" is expected to be the next big thing in film. Some even tout that it will change the art itself. Well, we have seen it and we have a definite verdict. Read on to find out.

It is the year 2154 and humans are mining for a rare mineral found in the planet Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is an ex-marine who was wounded and paralyzed while on battle and now given a chance to be able to walk again when he is recruited into the mining company's Avatar program. An Avatar is a mixed breed of human and alien DNA formed to look like the natives of Pandora, the Na'vi. Avatars serve as the "bodies" of humans in the alien planet, with a human mind inside this alien's body. Jake becomes lost when he gets attacked by one of the planet's species on his first mission. He eventually meets Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), a female Na'vi. As time passes, Jake will get the trust of the natives and learns all about their traditions. He also falls in love with Neytiri. In the end, Jake must choose which side to take - the humans or the Na'vi. His decision will greatly influence the future of Pandora as a whole planet.

"Avatar" just left us speechless. This jaw dropping film deserves a perfect score, and maybe even more. The plot was not earth-shattering, even predictable at times but the way it was presented made the experience new and interesting. The intricate plot, character development and the presentation of the Na'vi's history were just flawless. Even though the details were meticulous, the movie never bogged down to a snore fest. On the contrary, we couldn't get our eyes off the screen. The acting was perfect both for those in human form and those in alien form. You can thank the breath-taking visuals for the latter. The Na'vi looked real enough that at times, we forgot that they are not real actors on screen. The Pandoran landscape also looked photo-realistic. We saw this film on IMAX and we don't mind suggesting that you spend a few extra bucks to catch it on IMAX too, to get the best Avatar experience.

"Avatar" is a film that comes by only a few times in a person's lifetime, a film that is one for the ages. It is like a Michael Jordan or a Michael Jackson - it is extraordinary in every sense of the word. Even though we do not feel it will shatter the old mold of movies, it is still a definite triumph for the art form. This is a movie that people will talk about for a long, long time - even decades from now.

Catch it on local cinemas starting December 17, 2009.

Rating: 5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- best film this year!
- the film does not skimp on anything, even plot and character development are balanced out well.
- the visuals are breathtaking: from the scenery to the Na'vi - everything looks almost photo-realistic
- the film was never dull or felt too long even with the long running time

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- some of the key scenes by the end of the film are predictable

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