Sunday, December 20, 2009

Avatar Review

  Avatar is the newest epic action/adventure film to be released. Directed by the legendary James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, and Giovanni Ribisi.

Avatar has been in some form of production since 1994 and progressed to what you see today in 2009. The reason it was in production for about 15 years is because the massive cost and lack of special effects evolution. Cameron worked to even create a new camera technology just for Avatar and future use. Finally, he was able to finish his vision and be his first feature film since Titanic in 1997.

  I am a huge fan of Cameron since I have seen The Terminator 2 when I was around 5 years old. I know that might seem a little young to watch that work of art, but I fell in love with the idea of a unstoppable robot trying to kill you. Since then, I have seen every film he has made and fell in love with them also. I have even seen his student-film Xenogenesis, which isn't too bad. I was going to wait in line at Comic-Con for hours just to see 25 minutes of Avatar footage.

  Avatar is a spectacular visual film and not a bad plot either. The thing that makes Avatar huge is its special effects. They incorporate the most stunning photorealistic effects I've ever seen in my life. Most of the time in movies you can tell that the character interaction with a cg figure is awkward at the least. Cameron made easily the most convincing  interactions with human and cg ever. I searched for flaws in the natives and jungle background of Pandora, I found nothing that wasn't convincing and was in shock because of this. The animals are beautifully designed and realistic, along with a amazing jungle with it's vivid color scheme and photorealistic backdrop. I know some will say the planet looked to fake because of the unnatural colors, but thats because cameron was going for a bright dream planet that I say took full effect  of the film and we are not used to seeing something of this nature, so we categorize it as fake looking. The only problem with the film is the same as most films is the plot. The plot is unique and cool, but panned out like any other epic sci-fi film. The film was predictable in most scenes and you could predict the end about halfway through and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It payed off with the astounding action with the beautiful score by the Cameron favorite James Horner. To see the film to the full effect of what it was intended, you should see it in 3D because its not a gimmick. You are immersed into the world of Pandora. I have seen it twice in 3 days and was in heaven of enriched special effects. You have to see this film in theaters and in 3D. Don't wait for DVD and Blu-ray to watch it.

  I give the film based on just the plot around 85 out of 100. Although, including the groundbreaking and revolutionary special effects I give it a strong 97 out of 100.

Benjamin Myers
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