Avatar (2009, James Cameron Science Fiction Action Adventure) – 9/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Writer: James Cameron
Director: James Cameron
Producer: James Cameron
Producer: Jon Landau
Editor: James Cameron
Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri
Animation Supervisor: Richard Baneham
Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones
Sam Worthington: Jake Sully
Zoë Saldana: Neytiri
Stephen Lang: Colonel Miles Quaritch
Michelle Rodriguez: Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi: Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore: Norm Spellman
CCH Pounder: Moat
Wes Studi: Eytukan
Laz Alonso: Tsu’tey
Sigourney Weaver: Grace
Producer Weta: Eileen Moran

Avatar (2009)

Bad news: Jake Sully, your brother is dead. Good news: Jake Sully, a paraplegic ex-marine, you can take his place in a remarkable program on alien planet Pandora where your mind will be used to control a fully-functioning nine-foot-tall super-athletic alien body. Your mission is to gain the trust of the natives and convince them to move out of their home so that humans can mine the valuable material buried deep underneath.


This is an impressive action adventure that has a decidedly old-fashioned feel to it while presenting totally incredible technical feats completely invisibly but whose greatness emerges because it is more than the sum of its parts. It’s old-fashioned in that it sticks to tried-and-true, or predictable, story and character beats, isn’t ‘dark,’ isn’t excessively violent and has superb action sequences which have shape and definition and in which you can tell who’s doing what to whom, why and how well it’s going. The technical accomplishment is remarkable. Cameron presents a fictitious world created out of thin air that is completely convincing. You cannot believe it isn’t real; it does not exist outside of a New Zealand PC. Ultimately, however, Avatar is a great film because it is more than the sum of its parts, i.e., despite faults, it, like Titanic before it, works emotionally.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words and gun violence, giant arrow violence and sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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