Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Avatar (film review)
Avatar is a science fiction epic film written and directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver…The development of Avatar began in 1994, when Cameron wrote an 80-page script for the film. Filming was supposed to take place after the completion of Cameron’s film Titanic, for a planned release in 1999, but according to Cameron, the technology wasn’t available to portray his vision of the film.
This film is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri star system. Humans are engaged in mining Pandora’s reserves of a precious mineral, called unobtanium, while the Na’vi, a race of indigenous humanoids, resist the colonists’ expansion, which threatens to exist in the Na’vi and the Pandora ecosystem. The film’s title refers to the genetically engineered Na’vi bodies used by a few of the film’s human characters to interact with the Na’vi. The man who called Jake Sully, a paraplegic former marine, replaces his twin brother, a scientist trained to be an avatar operator, who had been killed. When he understood the intentions of his bosses, he decided to help the Na’vi and to save Pandora from the human invasion.
What about characters? The main hero is Jake Sully (Sam Worthington). His background as a marine helps the Na’vi warriors relate to him. I liked the actors playing. Two-thirds of the film are effects and computer graphics. But Cameron had done the technology which can transport the actor playing on the computer effects. Cameron pioneered a specially-designed camera built into 6-inch boom that allowed the facial expressions of the actors to be captured and digitally recorded for the animators to use later. The visual effects are fascinating. This science fiction story has its own soul. Don’t looking for effects and other stuffs, this film has also a good plot. Despite enjoying the effects you can also enjoy the story. I think it’s a new wave of film-industry. The locations are spectacular. The world of Pandora is so beautiful and imaginative. This world has its own trees, animals, nature. While I was seeing the film, I wanted to be there. You can’t describe this film, you should see it and then you’ll understand me. Of course, a larger part of the film are effects, but this effects will raise your level of imagination. Most of all I remembered one moment, when Sully came back to Na’vi on the specific bird (like a dragon) and Na’vi apologized to him and they won their freedom in the great battle.
All in all I want to say that this story has its own moral. This film showed us that people can only use the reserves and can’t take care of our planet and our nature. Pandora seems to our planet. We should protect our planet. This beauty can’t be destroyed. Undoubtedly I recommended to see this film. You’ll describe some new things. I’m very grateful to James Cameron, because he has done this beautiful film. The phrase of Avatar is “It’s a new world”. He created a new world. We have this world and we shouldn’t lose it we shouldn’t waste our opportunities.
P.S. Cameron said that if the film is successful, he confirmed the possibility of making sequels. I’ll wait for it. But without the second part Avatar is the best film of this year.