Avatar (2009)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.


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Director:

James Cameron

Writer:

James Cameron

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20 October 2016 | cdjh-81125
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| A Movie With Too Much Hate That Deserves More Appreciation
Over the years James Cameron's, Avatar has become an extremely controversial movie with some people calling it groundbreaking and a masterpiece and some calling it an overlong and derivative bore. I find myself not completely agreeing with either side but I do believe that it's got far to much um warranted hate. The main hate from this movie comes from that fact that it's got a few blatant similarities to other movies and it's probably this films greatest short coming but it doesn't kill the films it got far to much good in it for it to be considered bad. But one other slight negative with the film is the fact that Sam Worthington is a but bland in this film he just never really stands out or does anything other than what he's required to. But Zoe Saldana is amazing in this film she just completely invests herself in this character and is the greatest motion capture performance since Andy Serkis in Lord of The Rings. The one thing that no one can call derivative in this film is the world of Pandora it is incredible the landscapes look incredible and the Nav'i look incredible they're culture is interesting and entertaining to watch grow. The action sequences look amazing and you feel the scale of these two races fighting each other only through Cameron's direction. In all honesty there's nothing particularly special about Stephen Langs villain but he's incredibly entertaining and holds his own in the battle scenes.

I hate the fact that so many people have turned on this movie when James Cameron so clearly poured his heart and soul into it. It looks incredible and has mostly great performances and is truly a movie that (even though similar to others) is like nothing I've ever seen before.

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Trivia

Col. Quaritch mentions that being on Pandora made him feel "like a shavetail Looie." "Shave tail" was a term originally used in the 19th century among U.S. cavalry regiments. Newly assigned cavalry troopers were given horses with a shaved tail, to let other troopers know that the rider was dangerously inexperienced and should be given extra room to maneuver during training. "Looie" is a nickname for lieutenant, the two lowest ranks--2nd Lieutenant is lowest, with 1st Lieutenant being one step above it--for Marine Corps and Army Officers.


Quotes

Jake Sully: When I was lying in the V.A. hospital with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. I was free. But sooner or later, you always have to wake up.


Goofs

When Parker Selfridge wants to explain the situation (the 'Blue Monkeys') to Jake and asks someone to operate the hologram showing the layout of the landscape he says stop at sector '12' (Hometree), but when the scene cuts to a closeup of Jake the yellow hologram readout clearly reads 'Sector 128'.


Crazy Credits

The initial end credits soar over the world of Pandora.


Alternate Versions

The 178-minute extended version has the same additions as included in the 2010 Special Edition with the following additions and changes:

  • The biggest addition is the alternate opening with Jake describing life on Earth. At a bar with his friend he picks a fight with a man who was hitting his girlfriend. However, he is thrown out by the doorman into a back alley. Two men then approach him to tell him about his twin brother Tommy's death and the proposal of taking his brother's place. There's a closeup shot of Tommy's face as he's cremated which morphs to Jake aboard the spaceship, emphasizing that he & Tommy are twins.
  • Before flying from the Venture Start to Pandora, an extra line of the pilot has been added: "Copy, Venture Star. Go for de-orbit burn at 2-2-4 niner."
  • The next two additions deal more with the abandoned school scene in the Special Edition. The first one happens when Grace considers a picture of Neytiri that Jake finds; Grace remembers her time with Neytiri & her twin sister Sylwanin. She reveals her dead, obviously killed by the mercenaries as well as Norm once had a relationship with her.
  • The second addition: After Grace insists Jake eat something, he sees a picture of Grace teaching a few Na'vi at school, two of them being a young Neytiri and her twin Sylwanin. She describes what happened on the day Sylwanin was killed and how the school was abandoned.
  • After the marines vacate the lab and prepare for retaliation, there is an extension of the scene which reveals that the marines wanted and planned for a war with the Na'vi. The small sequence that happens in the theatrical version after that was removed.
  • There is also the alternative Family-friendly audio track, which substitutes profane words with a more clean words. James Cameron said in an interview that the track was included when his young son complained on hearing that accidentally while playing the movie.


Soundtracks

I See You (Theme from Avatar)
Performed by
Leona Lewis
Music by James Horner and Simon Franglen
Lyrics by Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell, and James Horner
Produced by Simon Franglen and James Horner
Leona Lewis performs courtesy of Syco Music

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

18 December 2009

Language

English, Spanish


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Chicago Illinois, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$237,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,025,481 20 December 2009

Gross USA:

$760,507,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,847,246,203

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