Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Year: 2009
Director: James Cameron
Writer: James Cameron

Stars: SAM WORTHINGTON, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez

Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet grasped hopelessly to the bow of the Titanic, director James Cameron hasn’t been able to live down his legendary (should that be infamous) Oscar acceptance speech of 1998. There’s scarcely a critic in Tinsel Town that wouldn’t sneer at the mention of his name.

Surpassing all records, his latest offering ‘Avatar’ was just as expensive to make, and has now stolen the title of highest-grossing movie of all time. It has revolutionised film-making with its tantalising mix of real-action and state-of-the-art animation techniques – as the studio would put it.

The story is simple. Paraplegic Marine Jake Sully, played by the latest Hollywood action star Sam Worthington, finds himself part of a revolutionary new military project. He goes deep under-cover to join the indigenous Na'vi people/aliens of ‘Pandora’, a planet that is being mined by greedy humans for its precious minerals. Jake soon gets religion, but not before the inevitable hell-breaks-loose on the much coveted planet.

Avatar is the cross between a Discovery Channel documentary on the lost tribes of the Amazon and Apocalypse Now, spliced with Disney’s Pocahontas – all in 3D! Be warned, if you have a minor eye defect, sitting through approximately three hours of this forgettable sci-fi adventure will leave you with a severe migraine, and lighter wallet due to the hiked ticket price!

Of course, Hollywood loves Cameron now. Awarding him left, right, and centre once again, for a blockbuster that has the tills ringing 24/7 worldwide, regardless of its basic and predictable storyline and dialogue.

He’s singlehandedly resurrected the 3D ‘experience’ and during this financial crisis, put dollars back into executive pockets. Cameron is not King of the World, he’s the second coming, and more Oscars will surely be his reward. As for us, we’re left with a nasty optometrist bill! Check out this fantastic documentary below - it says it all!...

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