Movie Review - Avatar(2009) An American Science Fiction Movie

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Avatar is a 2009 American science fiction feature film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang.

In the year 2154, the RDA firm is mining Pandora, the blooming, Earthlike moon of the planet Polyphemus, in the Alpha Centauri system. Parker Selfridge, (Giovanni Ribisi), the administrator, employs ex- marines as armed force to provide security. The humans want to abuse Pandora's assets of unobtanium, a valuable stone.

Pandora is occupied by the na'vi, a Paleolithic species of sapient humanoids with feline characteristics. Physically stronger and several feet taller than humans, the blue-skinned indigenes live in harmony with Nature and pray to a mother deity called Eywa.

Humans cannot suck in air Pandora's atmosphere. In order to move about Pandora uninhibited, human scientists have genetically manufactured human-na'vi hybrid bodies called Avatars, which are controlled by genetically matched human operators. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic former marine, arrives on Pandora to take the place of his murdered identical twin brother, an Avatar worker. Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), the chief of the Avatar Program, considers him an incompetent substitute for his brother, relegating him to a bodyguard job.

While Jake is accompanying Augustine and biologist Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore) in their Avatar forms, the group is assaulted by a large predator, and Jake becomes separated and lost. Attempting to last the night in Pandora's unsafe jungles, he is saved by Neytiri (Zoë Saldaña), a female na'vi, Neytiri gets Jake back to Hometree, which is populated by Neytiri's race, the Omaticaya. Mo'at, (C. C. H. Pounder), the na'vi shaman and Neytiri's mother, instructs her to teach him their methods.

Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the mercenary head of the armed forces, comes to know of Jake's courtship with the Omaticaya, and offers him to walk again in exchange for providing intelligence in relation to the inhabitants and learning what it will take to make them forsake Hometree, which rests above a large deposit of unobtanium.

During the next three months, Jake becomes intimate to Neytiri and the Omaticaya, and begins to prefer the life he lives through the Avatar. Jake's love starts to erode his devotion towards the corporation and the humans and when he is ultimately initiated into the clan, he and Neytiri pick each other as companions. Jake's change of faithfulness is revealed when he destroys a bulldozer as it demolishes the Tree of Voices; upon seeing this, Col. Quaritch by force detaches him from his Avatar, and presents Selfridge and Augustine with a vlog in which Jake had admitted that his project was futile; that the humans had nothing the Omaticaya considered to be of value and that they would never abandon Hometree. This convinces Selfridge that negotiations would be unproductive and he orders the devastation of Hometree by a armed hit.

Augustine, whose tests suggests that all beings on Pandora are connected in a vast bio-botanical neural network, protests at the demolition of Hometree, but Selfridge persists, letting Jake only one hour to persuade the na'vi to leave before Col. Quaritch's army get there. When he reveals the actual nature of his venture to the Omaticaya, Neytiri blames him of betraying them, which results in Jake and Augustine's momentary captivity. Jake's time runs out and Quaritch's forces devastate Hometree. Eytucan (Wes Studi), Neytiri's father and tribe chief, and many others are killed in the attack. Jake and Augustine are once over again detached from their Avatars and detained for disloyalty against the humans. Trudy Chacon (Michelle Rodriguez), a safety force pilot who is dismayed by the bloodshed, breaks them out but Augustine is wounded by the merciless Quaritch during their escape. With Augustine in a critical state, Jake turns to the Omaticaya for help. Searching for a way to resume their belief, he remembers that Neytiri told him that only five na'vi had ever tamed the Toruk, an extremely robust flying creature. productively taming it, he flies to the na'vis, who have gathered at the holy Tree of Souls. He begs with Mo'at to heal Augustine, who is now dying. They makes an effort to transfer her soul into her Avatar but fail.

With the help of Neytiri and Tsu'Tey (Laz Alonso), the new head of the Omaticaya, Jake vows defiance against the humans, and assembles thousands of na'vi from other clans. Col. Quaritch, seeing the na'vi's rising force, orders a preemptive strike on the Tree of Souls, as it is the center of na'vi religion and civilization; its demolition would go away the na'vi too demoralized to continue resisting the humans. As the humans move against the sacred site, the na'vi fight back intensely, but human technology and firepower outweighs their gallantry; they bear heavy losses, including Tsu'Tey and Trudy. When all hope seems alone, the Pandoran wildlife suddenly strikes the humans in great numbers.

Col. Quaritch orders the bombing of the Tree of Souls but Jake demolishes the bomber before it can reach its goal. Quaritch flees in an AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) suit. He finds the Avatar interface pod, where Jake's human body is located, and strikes it, damaging it and exposing Jake to Pandora's air. Neytiri kills Quaritch and saves Jake, seeing his human form for the first time. With the human attack successfully repelled, they reaffirm their love for each other. The beaten humans are expelled from Pandora, while Jake and his friends remain. Jake is seen wearing the insignia of the Omaticaya clan guide, suggesting that he has become the new guide after the demise of Tsu'Tey. The feature film ends with Jake's soul being productively transplanted into his na'vi Avatar.

Avatar premiered in London on December 10, 2009, and was released theatrically worldwide from December 16 - 18. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 83% of 229 critics have given the movie a positive review, with a rating average of 7.4 out of 10. The feature film earned $27 million on its opening day, and $77,025,481 over its opening weekend domestically, making it the second largest December opening ever, behind I Am Legend.

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