James Cameron is back
Yes kids James Cameron in back with his latest creation Avatar. It took him twelve(12) years to get this film out to the cinemas due to budget overkill and not-yet-developed CGI effects. But now it is here both in the usual 35mm film and 3D in selected cinemas.
The human race has discovered a rare and expensive mineral on the planet Pandora called Unobtainium. This leads to a mining project which causes the human race to get in a conflict with the native people of Pandora, the Na´vi. There are two camps in the human base, the military and the scientists. Scientists who want to research and learn from the planet and its people. Meanwhile the military side is getting anxious to get there hands on the mineral and is on the verge to start a war with the Na´vi. Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, an ex-marine soldier paralyzed from his waist down gets his chance of a lifetime when he is offered a job on Pandora to replace his late brother. The human scientist have genetically created Na´vi avatars using both human and Na´vi DNA. These avatars can be operated by linking up a human brain to the avatar and this is where Jake comes in. Being in his brothers avatar Jake explores the world of Pandora like a little child stepping outside of his house for the first time. When Jake is in his avatar he can use his legs again and he develops a interest to the world of Pandora and its people, especially a girl named Neytiri.Meanwhile he also gets more and more accepted by the Na´vis. But the road to get fully accepted is long and hard. Being an ex-marine he start this scientific mission as a spy for the military side to know what the Na´vis weak spot is. But when the humans decide to invade the Na´vis most sacred ground beacuse of the big amount of Unobtainium there, Jake has to choose a side. Will he fight alongside the Na´vis or will he help the humans get there hands on the Unobtainium and get his privat reward for spying on the Na´vis?
Sigourney Weaver is playing the chief scientist as Dr. Grace Augustine and does a heck of a good performance in this movie. As an experienced avatar user she has the best contact with the Na´vi people and is one of few avatars accepted by the Na´vis. I have not been this impressed by Sigourneys soft-side-acting since Gorillas in the Mist. The most difficult role in this movie goes to actress Zoë Saldana. She plays Neytiri the daughter of the leaders to the Omiticaya-clan. She is in my eyes the co-star apart from Sam in this movie but she is also completly animated. Yet she delivers an extremely good perfomance. The “bad guy” is played by Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. He is the one asking Jake to spy on the Na´vis for him and he gives Jake a offer he almost cant refuse to do it. I always have problem believing the badass-officer-characters in movies. Except for Gunnery Seargeant Heartman in Full metal jacket, who by the way sat the bar for badass officers, there is not many movies nor actors that can pull it of. Stephen Lang in my opinon does not over exaggerate his interpretation as badass officer which is the most common problem. He does a ok job as the bad guy nothing more nothing less.
I decided to see Avatar in its “plain-not-3D” format. This is beacuase I didnt want the extra effect to overcompensate for another factor. But believe me I will see it again in 3D to compare the pure technical difference and get back to you about it. But dont worry, the plain 35 mm is also gonna blow your mind for sure. I can see why it took James so long to finish this movie. The details in this movie is really great and if it were not for the occasionally animated operating schedule in the characters I sometimes totally forgot that I was looking at something animated. Of course there are no huge blue aliens but it looks so good it could pass as makeup on huge people or something.
Well as the intro said, James is back. He is back in his sci-fi element. I am not gonna lie, there were more than a few moments when I got all teared-eye. We all know that James is perfectly capable of delivering awesome sci-fi movies and even series (Terminator 1&2, The Abyss, Aliens, Dark Angel). And it is also proven by the billions earned in cinemas all over the world that he can deliver a love story(Titanic). And I am proud to say that Avatar is a really great mix of these two genres. The movies OST is also first class crafted by James Horner. I actually noticed how Horner manage to pull of one great score after another in the movie. He really nails the score to the according scene. Great action scenes brings me back to the impressive score of Jurassic Park and sentimentals like Gladiator with a touch of Apocalypto, which Horner also was involved in. The movie is just a bit to long for my taste with its 2h and 41 min but nowadays it is almost standard with 3 hours. Its not a groundbreaking story, but it sure is a great one.