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Running Time 162 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (Adult Language, Adult Situations, Violence)
Release Date Dec 18, 2009
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On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

Sam Worthington Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver Grace Augustine
Stephen Lang Col. Miles Quaritch
Michelle Rodriguez Trudy Chacone
Giovanni Ribisi Parker Selfridge
Joel David Moore Norm Spellman
CCH Pounder Mo'at
Wes Studi Eytucan
Laz Alonso Tsu'tey

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12/18/09 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Chris Garcia

Idealism runs deep and ideas run shallow in James Cameron's loopy-doopy computer-generated epic "Avatar," which takes place in an overripe world both gorgeously alien and groaningly familiar. Cameron worked long and hard on this hugely expensive, technologically formidable project, and his sweat gleams in every frame, inside which lush, waterfally mountains float in the clouds and magnificent beasts stomp, roar and soar.

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Jan 17, 2010 - txgeezer on Avatar
PC junk

A 3-hour lecture on the evils of imperialism and industrial development, and the mystic wisdom of pre-industrial tribes, delivered by Smurfs.

1/2 star for the excellent special effects, employed in this case toward an evil cause -- James Cameron's view of the ideal world (in which, of course, the technology to create this digital masterpiece would be completely absent). There's not a cliche of utterly standard conventional wisdom that goes unexplored -- I'm surprised the Na'vi don't have blue recycling bins scattered about. Chris Garcia is right on, but too generous in his rating.

PS: "Unobtainium"?!?? Are you kidding me? Who came up with that one, Cameron's 13-year-old grandson?

Jan 15, 2010 - naman on Avatar
Good movie, but not a masterpiece

This movie was fun. It kept a good pace going and held my attention the whole time. The new video technology was amazing and the visuals were truly spectacular. But a masterpiece? I'm not going that far. The story was predictable and cliche ridden. Big Companies bad. Nature-lovin' aliens good. *sigh* Overall, I like the movie. Just ignore James Cameron's blatantly obvious proselytizing (and the suspiciously fawning reviews by other Users) and enjoy it as the action-filled, eye-candy that it is.

Jan 09, 2010 - gravrod on Avatar
An Epic Masterpiece

From the beginning of the movie I was hooked. The storyline is amazing and the effects really take you into another world. The day after seeing the movie I called my friends who went to see it with me and they all said they couldn't stop thinking about it! My goal is to see it for a 3rd time before it leaves the big screen. Thank you James Cameron for yet another great film!

Jan 06, 2010 - Bridgefinder on Avatar

Outstanding movie. The Official Reviewer♠, Chris Garcia, needs to get off his intellectual high horse and appreciate the beauty and majesty of what Avatar accomplishes.
The writing in this movie is excellent. The characters are well drawn and engaging. The plot develops multiple levels and lines of tension. The catharsis at the end is rich and satisfying.
Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs will want to note that James Cameron has the same initials as John Carter, who arrived on a strange planet and rose to become Warlord of Mars.
This movie, Avatar, is a testimonial to the triumph of spirit over technology, both in the storyline and in the production process.
One final note: Although I get bored rather easily, I was never bored in this movie. It was thoroughly engaging and entertaining.

Jan 03, 2010 - karenpoore on Avatar

I am sure glad I did not listen to the Statesman's review on this movie. I read someone elses review and felt I owed it to the Producers of this show to go and see it.
The visuals were awesome, but the messages behind the visuals were more awesome. I hope most people get the messages and join the Humanoids to save the US and the world!
Awesome movie!!!!
From a non-movie goer

Dec 21, 2009 - smokeman on Avatar

WOW!! If you are lookin for academy award winning script/acting, you would be disappointed. BUT if you are lookin for BEAUTIFUL visuals and something different then this is the movie to see. It was VERY enjoyable. While it was long, I forgot because I was sooooo engrossed in what I was lookin at and following the story.

Dec 20, 2009 - RangerDoc on Avatar

WOW, just WOW; that's all that really needs to be said other than Chris Garcia is an idiot, moron, and a few other unprintable words. This is a MUST SEE! Incredible from start to finish. Don't wait for the DVD on this one, you have to see it in a theatre to get the full effect. The most realistic effects I have ever seen. Too much to say about this movie, go see it for yourself!

Dec 19, 2009 - mj12 on Avatar
Best Movie Ever!

You've got to see this $300 Million dollar movie on the big screen in 3-D. It's got everything and then some. They spared no expense on the special effects to make this believable and the most visually stunning ScFi movie to date. Can't wait for the Blu-ray DVD, even though there's nothing like the theater experience.

Dec 18, 2009 - johnnyv on Avatar
Thank You Chris Garcia

I know when to go see a movie... When Garcia pans it and the national critics and user groups love it. Can't wait to see it today!

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