Saturday, May 17, 2014

Movie Review: ****Avatar

This movie is a beautiful film.  It is a retelling of the Native American story, but with a different result.  Bad industry wants to possess the natives land because of the resources, and are willing to take it destroying whatever is there and killing whoever they need to kill.  The wise scientist are against this, but are helpless against the evil powers of industry and military.  However this movie has a twist.  As the native Americans very rarely are able to fight together, in this movie, they are ale to rally all the other groups, and attack as one force.  Consequently there is a different result.  Even when the Native Americans could do this, there were more white people coming  In this movie they were abel to negotiate a peace, with the non native people leaving.
That aside, this is a good science fiction.  It has our Marine, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) who has a spinal injury, and can't walk.  However, they make for him a new Avatar body for him, and while he is connected and asleep, he has a direct link to this body, which does not have any injury.  Other scientist do the same thing.  Grace (Sigourney Weaver) is the head scientist.  In this altered state, he falls for a native girl (Zoe Saldana) and enjoys the new life.  However he is caught between two worlds, that of a marine, and his new world.  (Much like "Dancing With Wolves.")  Things run their course, and the company becomes inpatient and tries to push the issues.  Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) leads an attack.  The Avatar and their tree (which has special powers) is destroyed.  Sully is outcast.  However the scientist regroup, and stage a coup.  Sully helps the Avatar regroup, and gain reinforcements from other natives which leads to a big battle and showdown.
Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time; both foreign and domestic.  The total take is 2.7 billion.  That is incredible.  It also had a very large budget.  I watched this with Tony for movie night, and we finished this morning.  Tony's comment "I love that movie."  I enjoyed it as well, but not as much as Tony.

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