Avatar **** out of **** Spill Rating: BETTER THAN SEX!
James Cameron has directed some of the greatest achievements in film. The Terminator, The Abyss, Terminator 2, True Lies, Aliens, and the highest-grossing film of all time, Titanic. (Forget Pirhana 2) Its been 10 years since Titanic and his dream project Avatar has been in the making for just as long. In order to make his true vision of Avatar come to life, he had to literally create new technology because nothing could create the world how he wanted to make it.
Avatar is the most hyped of film of the decade. It has promised many things: to be the most visually spectacular film ever, change the way movies are made in 3D and the biggest promise of all, change the face of cinema. There have been many evolutions in film. Sound, color, 3D, and CGI. What James Cameron has done with Avatar is a startling achievement in cinema. Believe it or not, Avatar really is THAT good, and will change how films are made from this point on.
When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's (Giovanni Ribisi) intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch (Stephan Lang), while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.
Forgot everything you know about special effects, CG, and 3D, Avatar perfects all of those mediums. Every single special effect in film pales in comparison to this. Transformers 2....horse play compared to this. James Cameron has created the world of Pandora. It is a fully breathing, living world. Unlike the Star Wars prequels where George Lucas threw CGI mess onto the screen, trying to create alien worlds that seemed interesting, James Cameron makes Pandora seem as real as our own. The plants, animals, and the very ground itself feel so real, I believed I could touch it.
Here, Cameron also has crafted the best story of his career, crafting an emotional story that had me grabbing me seat in excitement. For someone who is taking an AP U.S. History class, the comparisons between this and what we did to the Native Americans is undeniable. I would go as far to say as it is nearly the same thing. (Just take the 10-foot Smurfs and dragons out of it.) Avatar also creates some of the most memorable characters this year, something Cameron is great at doing. There are some characters like Stephan Lang that just be as bad-ass and funny as Bill Paxton from Aliens. I half-expected someone to shout "Game, over man. Game Over!"
Avatar is one of those films that will be talked about 70 years from now. People will look back on this as a turning point in cinema. Now, there are many more possibilities to create stories in new and creative ways. Avatar may not change cinema in a storytelling level, it does have its fait share of bad dialogue and the story is nothing we haven't seen, but it creates a world unlike anything I've ever seen. Prepare to have your mind f#$%ed beyond all belief.
Welcome back, James Cameron. We've missed you!