Movie Review – Avatar (2009)
In the future, the earth has used up many of its natural resources, and has now expanded to other places in the galaxy to find minerals and materials for exploitation and development. One such place is a lush, habitable moon named Pandora. A mining company is exploiting the surface for the valuable mineral unobtanium.
Jake Sully has been sent to the planet to connect with the humanoid species, the Na’vi, by operating an Avatar that allows him to appear in a form similar to them. He must work with the science team who are also studying the planet and the Na’vi, but he is trying to find ways to negotiate with them so that the mining company can have easier access to the planet and its resources.
However, as Sully continues to interact with the Na’vi culture, he begins to question the human mission and presence on this lush, green planet.
This film truly left me breathless!
I admit at the beginning of the film, I expected to feel bored at some point, given the running time is 161 minutes. However, that was certainly not the case.
From a technical standpoint, this film broke many barriers and set new standards in 2009 when it was released. The CGI used in the film is amazing, and helped to create a beautiful, stunning picture. The different shots and scenes of the moon Pandora are incredible, and create a mesmerizing experience for the viewer. Scenes of the forests, the mountains, the animal life, and the Na’vi people are amazing. Director James Cameron and his crew have done a great job here.
The film has a series of strong messages, from the morality of development, to the decision by a culture with advanced technology to try and dominate other cultures, to environmental preservation. These are thoughtful themes that leave the audience thinking after the film. Even though this is taking place on a moon far away from earth, and far in the future, we can definitely relate these themes to our world today.
The characters in the film are also interesting and are played expertly by the cast that includes Sam Worthington, Zoe Salada, and Sigourney Weaver. We see the characters evolve over the course of the film, and also build relationships with each other, which is enjoyable and at times humourous.
Overall, this was an absolutely fantastic movie, technically beautiful and flawless, with rich characters and a powerful, meaningful story.
Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars.