Avatar (A)

We’ve seen this story before, but when all of James Cameron’s two and a half hour opus is over it appears that on the other hand we’ve never seen it at all – at least in this way.

More than a decade in the making plus the sweat, blood and tears of the man who brought us Terminator, Terminator 2 and Titanic, Avatar is a film for the ages, a historic milestone in filmmaking that’s sure to be a benchmark for the digital age of movie magic. Cameron has crossed unchartered territory and has brought to life a stunning array of imagination and reality, a crossover between timely issues and escapist entertainment that’s sure to enthrall moviegoers of all backgrounds.

After his warmup role in the summer’s lackluster sequel Terminator Salvation, Sam Worthington breaks through in his role as Jake Sully, an ex-marine who’s paralysis drives him to sign up for a mission on the distant moon of Pandora to replace his dead brother. He travails through the lush jungles and forests in his avatar body, a remotely controlled hybrid of human and alien Na’vi DNA, and discovers a world beyond his wildest dreams. On the alien moon that the human race has plans to conquer he must make the decision to finish the job or to protect the people of Pandora.

Avatar also features stand out performances from its supporting cast in Stephen Lang’s militaristic embodiment of wartime America, as well as Sigourney Weaver’s motherly portrayal of a benevolent botanist studying the indigenous people. Zoe Saldaña however stands out strongly as the motion captured character of Neytiri, Jake Sully’s eventual love interest from the Na’vi tribe.

Each sequence, scene and shot of Cameron’s sci-fi epic is so intricately composed and so skillfully drawn out that it’s difficult to find folly amongst the majesty of the Pandoran backdrop. His themes of environmentalism, anti-imperialism and the capitalism of humankind are so tightly wound in the array of bows and arrows and total destruction brought about by impending war that the emotion drawn out by this vicarious cinematic experience is so very real – it shows the world as it is today.

Many may find Avatar‘s brilliance simply in its impeccable display of visual effects, brought to life even more awesomely by its use of 3D. And yes it is awesome – if you haven’t experienced 3D before or in other cases haven’t been entirely impressed by 3D efforts in the past, now is your time to do so and give it a go. Its motion-capture technology is groundbreaking and its results are as realistic and as vibrant as ever.

Avatar was made for 3D – and more importantly 3D was made for Avatar.

But quite frankly the movie is far from simply a technical paramount and it presents to us the boundless possibilities that original filmmaking has to offer. Straight from the depths of the mind of James Cameron Avatar is truly and resoundingly one of the most visceral films in cinematic history, placing it among the ranks of true moviegoing events such as Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings; there are times when its flaws are just transcended so greatly by the sheer limitless scope of its content that it’s so hard to place any blame.

Avatar is undoubtedly the future of cinema. Just awesome.


3 Responses to “Avatar (A)”

  1. Lalo lang ako na-excite to watch this! IMAX on Wednesday yeayyy 😀

  2. carlochong Says:

    yeahhh it’s amazing!!:D

  3. awemazing!!!!!!!!!! First time to watch 3d and i think it’ll be while until somebody beats the 3d world that james cameron presented in his masterpiece. It is indeed another milestone in film making history.

    Left the cinema with the feeling that i went to Pandora and back.

    Amazing! amazing! amazing! 🙂

    Avatar was made for 3D – and more importantly 3D was made for Avatar.

    and i do think that now until someone gets their hands on the tech that james camerons crew used

    AVATAR IS 3D! and 3D is avatar! for the time being 🙂

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