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Jeff Nelson

James Cameron's genius emerges in this film.

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One of the biggest problem in filmmaking these days is budget. Some films are expensive and some are cheap. FIlmmakers usually blow over half of the money on useless things or just in places that don't need all the attention. James Cameron is a perfect example of a director who's able to manage financial matters in film.

In the future, Jake Sully, a paraplegic war veteran is brought to another planet called Pandora. The Na'vi people live there with their own race, language, and culture. Jake becomes attached to the civilization and soon must fight back for the fate of Pandora. From a distance, the story may sound cliché, but is surprisingly original. Every aspect of the script and story are engrossing. This is one of James Cameron's better written stories.

Some names people may recall are Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Michelle Rodriguez. Each actor has such a different role, they are all main characters in a different sense of the idea. They do decent jobs on their characters, but Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington are the main stars. Sigourney Weaver stands strong just as she did in Alien and Aliens. Sam Worthington gave a tremendous performance. Everything from his motions to delivering lines, he pulls through fantastically. Sam Worthington is an awesome actor with real skills.

If any movie is to be rewarded for visuals, Avatar is a name to be mentioned. Every vibrant color on screen pops beautifully in any of the viewing formats. The fight scenes are epic and brilliant. Avatar did something no film has done and that's giving CGI feelings and emotions. You forget there is any CGI used because of the amazing use of it.

When going to see Avatar you will notice you can see it in 2D, Real 3D, Digital 3D, or IMax 3D. Depending on how the film was shot will tell you which format it should be seen in. It wasn't shot with an IMax camera and Real 3D isn't great with most films. It's highly recommended to view this film in Digital 3D.

Many people, including myself, were skeptical walking into Avatar, unsure what to expect. Fortunately, James Cameron does a terrific job and his genius emerges with a bang in this film. The running time is long, almost 3 hours, but there is no filler. The entire film is necessary and there's always something important happening. The landscapes and creatures are beautifully shown and it impressed me even more than Transformers' CGI. The only flaws I notice are one or two lines being misread from one or two side actors that may come off as cliché and make you roll your eyes. Otherwise, Avatar is a beautifully crafted film and recommended for all ages.

My Rating = Four Stars

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