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December 30, 2009

A cinematic dream called Avatar

Filed under: Entertainment — Rabea Khan @ 4:13 pm
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Watching Avatar is like dreaming, only you are in your full senses to experience the mind-boggling world James Cameron has created.

Copyright Rabea Khan 2009

The story line is simple and predictable- victory of good vs. evil told umpteen times.  Avatar is set in the year 2154 involving US armed forces on a mission to obtain a rare mineral from a planet called Pandora.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a crippled ex marine who ends up in a project called Avatar. The project allows him to walk again but he gets caught between two camps: nice scientists led by Dr Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and evil mercenaries led by Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang).

No points for guessing that the climax is a war between the naïve and brave Na’vi people and the cunning and evil humans.

The end is predictable yet the special effects will keep you hooked. So much so that you will not blink your eyes lest you may miss something.

Avatar belongs to just one man, James Cameron. Not only has he imagined an unimaginable world, he created it flawlessly to the very last detail. Every creature in the Na’vi world speaks volume of Cameron’s vivid imagination and ingenuity.

Alien = good; human= bad

Avatar embraces the newly acquired sympathy for aliens in Hollywood. Gone are the days when aliens were evil and mean creatures. Now they have become the oppressed class subject to atrocities by humans. They are the objects of social message.

In District 9 it was apartheid, in Avatar there are references to US’s invasion of Iraq. You also can’t ignore the references towards human destruction of environment.

James Cameron hasn’t created a Titanic this time. The storyline, which is so crucial to any movie, plays a second fiddle to special effects. It fails to touch an emotional chord with the audience. Yet nothing undermines the fact that it is a must watch.  Every single frame shouts one message: impossible is nothing. Watch it to believe in your dreams.

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