PG-13 for warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking
Runtime: 2 hrs 24 mins
Release Date: Dec 18, 2009
Synopsis: Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms.
As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.
It’s not long before he starts to wonder what is more real; him as a human, or as an avatar? And with this comes questions of loyalty and the decision of which side to take in the inevitable clash of the races; the Na’vi (the local indigenous), fighting to save their Mother-planet, or his own race, the humans, in their destructive greed for the natural wealth so abundant on Pandora, home of the Na’vi.
Verdict: It might be more impressive on a technical level than as a piece of storytelling, but Avatar is a truly imaginative, absorbing 150mins of entertainment.
The film transports the audience into an alien world that is rich with imaginative scenery, creatures, characters, and concepts. It incorporates new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery.
By 1995, the mini-script for the movie had already been written. But the available technologies then couldn’t create what the writer had in mind, so the movie had to wait for more 14 years. That should tell you something about the quality of the graphics in the movie.
Director: James Cameron (also director of Titanic)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Screenwriter: James Cameron
Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau
Studio: 20th Century Fox