Sunday, December 27, 2009

Avatar - Movie Review

I heard really great Avatar movie reviews from my friends and decided to watch it in a movie theatre. I had seen movie posters of blue characters from the film and though I really dislike blue characters, especially if they are in a main role, there was nothing better to watch or do. Well, here is my Avatar movie review.

Avatar - 6.5/10 - Science Fiction - starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and other blue people. Other than Sigourney Weaver, the names of the other actors were totally unfamiliar.

Avatar is about the people of earth wanting to exploit the mineral resources of a far away alien moon called Pandora. In the movie, a lame soldier, Jake, is sent to Pandora to help the 'Corporation' tame and relocate the blue indigenous tribe called the Na'vi. Through a new technology, they are able to transfer Jake's soul into the body of a member of the blue indigenous tribe, so that he can make friends with them. The Corporation actually wishes to mine the natural resources of this planet. Unfortunately, the natural resources rest under a 'sacred tree' that the Na'vi worship and will never destroy. This leads to war and strife.

The Avatar animation and special effects were too good. I also liked the locales where the movie was filmed. The script was a bit too common and predictable. Acting was OK.

Avatar was banned in some cities of China as some commentators found a political resonance in the film's story, comparing them to Chinese citizens fighting to protect their property from the government and developers. I also found the Avatar story a bit political, comparing it to the exploitative policies and wars of the East India Company's colonial government in India or the American invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan for oil.

Did you watch the Avatar movie? Did you feel that the movie had political undertones?

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