Avatar Fails at Storytelling?

In an attempt to infiltrate an alien clan native to a planet called Pandora, a paraplegic ex-marine named Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is chosen to replace his late brother in a mission to gain the trust of the Na’vi tribe.  The military’s mission is to use whatever means necessary to obtain a natural resource in Pandora’s ground, which is a mineral that could significantly benefit Earth.  The only problem is that the Na’vi rest upon the very spot where the mineral resides, and they will not be forced to move from their sacred land.  Advanced technology and mixed human-Na’vi DNA allow Sully to take on the shape and form of a Na’vi alien, which is known to humans as an avatar “suit.”

With the help of the deceiving avatar suit, Sully is soon accepted into the Na’vi tribe after a series of teachings and incidents in which he proves to be worthy of the Na’vi way.  During his mission, he finds himself unexpectedly in love with the tribe leader’s daughter, Neytiri.  The story begins to unravel the true loyalty of Sully when he is forced to choose sides, while the fate of the Na’vi lay in the balance.

The movie Avatar was a very powerful movie for me.  Contrary to what some people are saying about the film, I wouldn’t have been disillusioned without the 3-D or CGI effects.  James Cameron did a spectacular job capturing his vision on screen.  For anyone that criticizes the film over the lack of an extraordinary script and virtually total reliance on stunning visual effects, wake up.  So what if the majority of the movie was in CGI; it’s a fantasy world, unless you can go find a set in a space similar to Pandora. The script didn’t take a backseat to CGI, but rather, it all worked seamlessly together to bring us into a place that only some of us could ever dream of. The CGI and 3-D were both added influences, but I don’t give all the credit of my enjoyment of the film to those two aspects.  It was a beautiful story told in a beautiful world.

A love story with action and imagery full of wonder, but it was also a story about trust, loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, and strong bonds made between souls — not just shallowly seen as alien or human.  It was a great film that reached far into the corners of your imagination, revealing the splendor and the pure respect for a place whose inhabitants appreciate and interact with their world; all the while, they never lose sight of the wonders that were given to them.  Maybe Avatar is also trying to hint to us what we as a human race should think about as we continue to move forward into a technology-driven, money-hungry world at the expense of our planet and its people.


Extended Movie Trailer – The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) is a remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi flick and stars Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly. The general plot involves an alien, Klaatu (Reeves), who lands on Earth with his powerful outer-space robot. Klaatu believes the human race will indirectly and/or unintentionally destroy their own planet in time. Thus, he visits Earth to evaluate the planet, its inhabitants, and the fate of the human race. Connelly plays Dr. Helen Benson in the film.
This movie may gain some new fans or possibly lose the sci-fi fanatics who fell in love with the 1951 original. One thing’s for sure though. Before you say, “I’m excited for The Day the Earth Stood Still to come out!” in front of a die-hard, sci-fi movie goer, remember that it’s a “remake.” It might not be a good idea to say, “What 1951 movie?” in front of a sci-fi fanatic who despises Hollywood for even attempting to remake it. 🙂
The Day the Earth Stood Still is out in U.S. theaters December 12, 2008. Don’t miss it!