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Avatar

 

 

SCORE: 71

 

Avatar 

 

Avatar is one of the most epic movie releases of late, but there are quite a few predictable moments. A crippled Marine is given the opportunity to take his brothers place when he is senselessly murdered. I think it is very cool that the main character in Avatar is handicapped. I can not think of many other action films that have done so. He gets to join the Avatar program. Essentially he jacks into a half human, half Na'vi (local people on the planet Pandora). He is given a mission to befriend the locals, and get them to move. The reason is the company wants this precious mineral underneath their great tree.

The visuals are stunning in Avatar. I loved seeing the fluorescent reaction in the forest. The native peoples do not wear a lot of clothing. This never came across as tasteless to me, and did not reach the level of enticement to lust in my opinion either. Avatar slowly builds and gets pretty violent near the end. There are a lot of explosion, and quite a bit of death. Certain areas of this film have peril from wild animals.

The language is lot worse in Avatar than I was expecting. I understand that in intense moments movies will have some words slip. The frequency of bad language in Avatar was a bit much in my opinion. The music is one of the things that makes Avatar so epic. It flows perfectly with the theme of the film. There is a Native American sound to the locals dialect.

I was pretty disappointed with the extras in Avatar. There is an anti-tobacco advertisement but that was it. There was no behind the scenes, no commentary, and no lets save mother earth. I was actually expecting something along those lines since the movie has a green theme. I was also interested in seeing what earth looked like in this sci-fi movie.

The story has a lot of wonderful high points and low points. There were things that happened in Avatar that I was not expecting. I knew when faced with such overwhelming firepower there was no way they could win. Still seeing them lose was more impressive than I thought. I identified with the characters, and felt bad when they betrayed others. The one complaint I have about the story in Avatar is it stretched out. There are quite a few interesting plot points that could have been done differently.

Avatar has a strong Native American, and mother earth theme. This movie comes very close to becoming preachy. The whole technology being similar to the mother earth connection was an interesting twist. I will not spoil any more of the movie for you. I will say if you pay attention then you will be able to figure out what is coming next. The older members of the family will find a lot of fun stuff in Avatar.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 68%
Sound: 61%
Replay/Extras: 69%
Gameplay: 89%
Family Friendly Factor: 67%
System: DVD
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Rating: 'PG-13' for Parental Guidance suggested if under 13 years of age
{Intense Epic Battle Sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking}

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