Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Stephen Lang, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Zoe Saldana, C.C.H. Pounder, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, and Peter Mensah.
Directed by: James Cameron.
Released: December 18th, 2009.
After a long decade of 98% badly-directed films, James Cameron returns from the 1997 box office smash hit that was “Titanic” to re-school this generation of film directors and audiences on how good movies should be done with his latest sci-fi epic “Avatar” – a film which unleashes a new breed of special effects and some of the most imaginative filmmaking since George Lucas delivered us “Star Wars” back in 1977.
“Avatar” is more appealing on the visual and technical aspects rather than plot and story-wise, but James Cameron does manage to maintain his true gift all throughout which is filmmaking. Mr. Cameron is one of those rare directors, among filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, who have a healthy string of great films on their belt. “Avatar” introduces us to a new world, much like “Star Wars” did, a very lush and visually breathtaking one.
Welcome to the jungle world of Pandora, a far away moon of a planet called Polyphemus. The year is 2154. The RDA corporation, headed by Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi), is interested in Pandora for its valuable minerals, specifically one known as unobtanium which runs at $20 million per kilo on Earth. Pandora has its own brand of species known as the Na’vi, born and bred from neolithic, feline, and sapient humanoid characteristics. These beings are much stronger and larger in size and they are fully in-sync emotionally with the harmony and nature of their planet, which is headed by a spiritual goddess called Eywa.