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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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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23 comments:

  1. Hey Jed/Vit: I saw the movie last night, too! I was at Rockwell. heheh.

    It was totally awesome!! Asteg! :D simple plot but it was just amazing! :D

    mighty

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  2. I can't wait to watch this movie.

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  3. Hi Jed, Hi Vit,

    wow 5 stars, will definitely watch this movie over the weekend...

    Armand

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  4. Hi Mighty!

    Aw! Sayang! You have to see it in IMAX! Definitely worth the extra ticket price!

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  5. Hi Marvin,

    Tell us what you think of Avatar after you watch it! :)

    We hope to hear from you soon!

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  6. Hi Armand,

    Trust us, you will love it! If you have to watch a movie this year, this is it! No doubt about it!

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  7. saw this on imax 3d! nakakahilo but effing fantastic!

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  8. Hi Cat,

    Yup! It was somewhat nauseating in the beginning but we got used to it after awhile. And oh, by the way, FANTASTIC indeed!

    We hope to hear from you soon!

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  9. Good movie review. avatar movie steps of new film industry. any one have AVATAR movie download link ?

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  10. Hi!

    Thanks for the comment! We recommend you watch it o cinemas - it is worth it!

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  11. I love this movie. I like the story line and the animation and effects.

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  12. Avatar, one of the biggest blockbuster. 5 out 5. 9 oscar nominations and 5 wins, isnt that brilliant guys. A must watch. You just cant afford to miss this movie.

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  13. I think you can thank the breath-taking visuals for the latter.

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  14. What was so great about this film I could not understand. Is cinema all about graphic/visual while the rest of the component(narrative), acting can be third-rate

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  15. It was weird that I was actually being at the aliens' side of the story...I like the movie, it was great but it didn't really make sense to me

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  16. "Avatar" just left us speechless. This jaw dropping film deserves a perfect score, and maybe even more.

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  17. 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.

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  18. "Avatar" is a film that comes by only a few times in a person's lifetime, a film that is one for all the ages.

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  19. It was really weird that I was actually being at the aliens' side of the story...I liked the movie, it was great but it didn't really make any sense to me.

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  20. Avatar is a mixed breed of human and alien DNA formed to look like the natives of Pandora, which is a great part of it.

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  21. I would just like to say that this is "The Best Movie Of The Year"..

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  22. "Avatar" is a film that comes by only a few times in a person's lifetime.

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  23. Avatar was one of the best movies I have seen. I love the graphics, the creatures, the actors, everything! Sure there were a few problems with the story line, but I still loved it! I am a customer and employee of DISH Network, and I just finished watching Avatar on DISH Online and it was amazing. Normally, DISH Online already has a lot of shows and movies to pick from, but just for being a customer of DISH Network, I have access to thousands more shows and movies anytime I want! It is awesome being able to catch up on all the best movies and shows on my laptop! I encourage anyone and everyone to take a look at dishonline.com because I know that it has a lot to offer anyone! Check it out!

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