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Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle
Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah,
Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang
Directed by: James Cameron
Opening Date: December 18th, 2009
Avatar takes us to a
spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a
journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a heroic battle to save a
civilization. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic,
first conceived the film years ago, when the means to realize his vision
did not yet exist. Now, after four years of actual production work, Avatar
delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the
revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the
emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.
The story's hero is Jake Sully, an
ex-Marine confined to a wheelchair. Bitter and disillusioned, he's still a
warrior at heart. All Jake ever wanted was something worth fighting for
and he ultimately finds it in the place he least expected: on a distant
world. Jake has been recruited to join an expedition to the moon Pandora,
which corporate interests are strip-mining for a mineral worth $20 million
per kilogram on Earth. To facilitate their work, the humans use a link
system that projects a person's consciousness into a hybrid of humans and
Pandora's indigenous humanoid race, the Na'vi. This human-Na'vi hybrid
fully living, breathing body that resembles the Na'vi but possesses the
individual human's thoughts, feelings and personality - is known as an
In his new Avatar form, Jake can
once again walk. His mission is to interact with and infiltrate the Na'vi
with the hope of enlisting their help ? or at least their acquiescence --
in mining the ore. A beautiful Na'vi female, Neytiri, saves
Jake's life ?
reluctantly ? because even in his Avatar body, Jake represents to her the
human encroachment on the Na'vi's unspoiled world.
As Jake's relationship with
Neytiri deepens, along with his respect for the Na'vi, he faces the
ultimate test as he leads an epic conflict that will decide nothing less
than the fate of an entire world.
Titanic director James Cameron's first movie in
ten years promises to be quite something: a $190 million hybrid of action
and animation about a paraplegic war veteran is brought to another planet,
Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own
language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each
other and the local culture.
In the 52-year-old director's own words:
"We're going to blow you to the back wall of the theatre
in a way you haven't seen for a long time. My goal is to rekindle those
amazing mystical moments my generation felt when we first saw
2001: A Space Odyssey or the next generation's
Star Wars. It took me 10 years to find
something hard enough to be interesting."
"I've wanted to make this movie from the time I wrote
the treatment 11 years ago. I was just biding my time for when it was
going to be technically possible. I'm so invested in the 3-D, and I love
the challenge of creating an alien culture. We're creating a world from
scratch, so it's really fun."
Will Avatar be a classic like Cameron's other SF
Aliens, Terminator 2:
Judgment Day? We'll see . . .