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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 energyJake 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. 100
    At the end of a decade defined by much bellyaching about "the death of cinema" (including, on occasion, by this critic), Avatar concludes, appropriately enough, with an image of rebirth.
  2. 100
    A quantum leap in movie magic; watching it, I began to understand how people in 1933 must have felt when they saw "King Kong."
  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. 83
    Is it a great movie? Maybe not. But it is a great step forward in moviemaking. Shrug it off if that makes you feel better, but starting today you live in a post-Avatar movie world.
  6. Titanic technical achievement.
  7. 50
    It is a very expensive-looking, very flashy entertainment, albeit one that groans under the weight of clumsy storytelling in the second half and features some of the most godawful dialogue this side of "Attack of the Clones."

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  1. Joey
    Dec 25, 2009
    10
    Phenomenal. Powerful. It's a masterpiece of a film.
  2. Ricka
    Jan 16, 2010
    10
    My kind of movie. I sure liked It's unique story and fabulous special effects it makes this one of my favorites. I am going to see this My kind of movie. I sure liked It's unique story and fabulous special effects it makes this one of my favorites. I am going to see this again and even again and I rarely see movies twice let alone three times. A must see for the sifi fan. 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 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. SamP
    Dec 21, 2009
    9
    The marvelous alien world and its inhabitants are the stars. Seeing Pandora through the eyes of an uneducated human-turned-alien is the The marvelous alien world and its inhabitants are the stars. Seeing Pandora through the eyes of an uneducated human-turned-alien is the perfect vehicle for spellbinding encounters with the landscape, creatures, and foliage of this strange world. But there's something utterly familiar about the adventure, with plenty of predictable moments to keep us safely on the rails. This didn't detract from my enjoyment of the movie--even with formulaic plot points, the storytelling was well crafted and the CG characters were believable and poignant. Based on the trailer, I expected to be distracted by the shifts between CG and practical photography, but in practice it worked well. As the story hit its stride, I came to sympathize with the Navi and this emotional investment further helped suspend disbelief. Walking out, my cynical take was: "Matrix meets Titanic meets Pocahontas." But even with nods of the head and recycled material (see: credit music), the sum is much greater than the parts. Expand
  5. Volt
    Jun 19, 2010
    7
    Visually binding, this movie will not be seen in the same light 20 years from now due to it's predictability and static characters. Far Visually binding, this movie will not be seen in the same light 20 years from now due to it's predictability and static characters. Far above most movies of this era, however. 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 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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