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  • Summary: Jake Sully is a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth's energy crisis. Because Pandora's atmosphere is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human "drivers" have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air. These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora... the Na'vi. Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na'vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na'vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake's life, and this changes everything. Jake is taken in by her clan, and learns to become one of them, which involves many tests and adventures. As Jake's relationship with his reluctant teacher Neytiri deepens, he learns to respect the Na'vi way and finally takes his place among them. Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads them in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire world. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Glorious and goofy and blissfully deranged.
  2. 100
    It's been twelve years since "Titanic," but the King of the World has returned with a flawed but fantastic tour de force that, taken on its merits as a film, especially in two dimensions, warrants four stars. However, if you can wrap a pair of 3D glasses round your peepers, this becomes a transcendent, full-on five-star experience that's the closest we'll ever come to setting foot on a strange new world. Just don't leave it so long next time, eh, Jim?
  3. A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
  4. 88
    Rarely less than absorbing and never boring over its nearly three-hour length.
  5. If I never felt entirely transported by Avatar, it's probably because the story thudded just as often as the imagery soared. But Pandora is still a good place to park yourself for three hours.
  6. 75
    By presenting Avatar in 3-D, Cameron is staking his claim and building a fence around his own precious resource, making it unobtainable on any but his own terms to increasingly emboldened and technologically savvy natives.
  7. 50
    Avatar is a weak patchwork of his other films: the leaden voiceover from "Terminator 2" here, the military/civilian conflict from "Aliens" there, even a Jack-and-Rose-style forbidden love story cued to adult-contempo soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. MHS
    Dec 26, 2009
    10
    Its nice to be for the navi's all the way in the movie!! i personally never saw a movie like this before.
  2. SamS.
    Jan 17, 2010
    10
    Avatar is a brilliant movie. Breathtaking visuals, and a story that really means something. It's not anti-technology, it's pro living with nature. I'm a computer programmer, and I like technology, but like the Na'vi, I also love to go mountain climbing and jumping around on the rocks like a mad goat for fun. Those who approve of their country's habit of making war and killing people to take their resources (oil or unobtainium) may not like Avatar, maybe it makes them feel uncomfortable. But for the human beings among us, who value life, nature and people more than money, this is a great movie. Expand
  3. DJ
    Jan 2, 2010
    10
    Literally the best movie I have ever seen. I was completely and totally blown away. This is the first movie in my entire life where I didn't want it to end. Expand
  4. JohnD
    Dec 22, 2009
    9
    Avatar is another major advance in movie making and manages to be adult while only being pg-13. Also for such a long movie I worried there would be the expected slow points, but I enjoyed every minute of it. That really says something. Expand
  5. Aug 18, 2010
    7
    Good film by action standards, but the plot had me sleeping until the action heated up. Very impressive action visuals -- obviously, but the rest of the film might leave you feeling bored. Expand
  6. Ikarus14
    Apr 26, 2010
    5
    Sure, the visuals are highly distinctive but the unoriginal storyline and lazy dialogue just about put me to sleep.
  7. Richard
    Dec 21, 2009
    0
    You have to be kidding. The movie was awful and long. No suspense as the acting was bad. All the fancy colors and sounds were for kids with ADD. Much ado about nothing. Overhyped by the professional shills. Expand

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