Saturday, 9 January 2010

Film review: Avatar

Last year’s big Christmas blockbuster had been in development for fifteen years, was directed by the man behind Titanic (1997) and has broken many records: the most expensive film ever to be produced, coming in at an estimated $300 million (with $200 million more estimated to have been spent on marketing and advertisement), the fastest ever film to reach $1billion box-office receipts and has become the second highest-grossing film ever, after Titanic. Directed by James Cameron, Avatar (2009) has been advertised on our screens for months and it finally came to release last December, starring Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation (2009)), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek (2009)) and Sigourney Weaver (Alien (1979)).

Avatar is a science-fiction epic (in the full sense of the word) set 150 years in the future on the moon planet, Pandora. Humans have wasted all of Earth’s resources and have ventured to this planet, inhabited by the native Na’vi people, to find an alternative energy source: a mineral called unobtainium. We follow the military chiefs in charge of the operation to utilise this mineral and a group of scientists who are using genetically created ‘avatars’ (human controlled Na’vi bodies) to make peace with the hostile tribes and to experiment on the supernatural planet. We follow one scientist in particular, ex-marine Jake Sulley (Worthington), as he makes unprecedented contact with the Na’vi people and becomes a trusted member of their society. It is up to him to persuade the Na’vi to move from their home before the human military come to extract their coveted mineral. However, the profit hungry humans lose patience and begin to bulldoze the beautiful planet of Pandora and, as an epic battle between the Na’vi’s natural resources and the humans’ super technology, Jake finds himself in a struggle as to which side he will fall on.

A very impressive film which has had mixed reviews, is still out now, in 3D and 2D. Go and see it in 3D and I think you'll be very pleased, one of the top films of the year in my opinion!

Avatar = 8/10