Avatar movie review - Aussieboyreviews


James Cameron’s Avatar is a visual epic you MUST experience at least once in 3D. But although most will thoroughly enjoy it, the special effects can’t save its major pacing issues towards the second half of the film.


A paraplegic Marine is sent to the moon Pandora, inhabited by Na’vi, for a mission where once he is accepted by the Na’vi as one of their own, he must decide between following the unexpectedly evil orders or protecting the world he feels is his home.

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Movie details

Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver
Writer: James Cameron
Release Date (Australia): 17 December 2009
Runtime: 162 minutes/2h 42m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains fantasy themes, environmental destruction and sustained sequences of battle between humanoid aliens, people and fantasy creatures.

Violence (M)

The film includes fantasy violence in which humanoid aliens, people and fantasy creatures are shot and stabbed during battle sequences. There are several depictions of accompanying blood and injury detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes use of the words “s**t”, “goddamn”, “hell”, “ass”, “bitch”, “crap” and “d**k”.

Drug Use (G)

A man jokingly asks “what have youse been smoking out there?”

Nudity (G)

The outlines of the buttocks and breasts of humanoid alien creatures are briefly viewed.

Sex (PG)

The film contains very mild verbal sexual references and implied sexual activity between humanoid alien creatures.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking)

Aussie boy's thoughts

James Cameron’s sci-fi epic is worth the 3D cinema experience only for its distinctiveness and visually-striking effects, but the 162 predictable minutes is what’s most bitterly memorable. Fantastically-designed tales like Avatar only need to be kept at the 2-hour limit. The extra 40 minutes don’t catch anything new, and continue with the same tedious battle sequence.

It’s fair to say that Avatar reasonably earns all the trash-talk and hate, but apart from the tedious plan are handfuls of other pros. Pandora, the film’s fantasy setting, is beautifully-depicted. The alien-like creatures and the land’s fantasy animals are also amazing. But the most remarkable pieces of cinematography finally arrives at the climatic action and warfare. Who wouldn’t describe this movie as one of the most visually-unforgettable films of all time, if not the first? And it’s a whole new thing if you watch it in 3D, with the creatures, action, grass and leaves around the sides and centre of the screen literally standing out of the screen with the 3D glasses on.

Avatar is also a movie that’ll either bore you or entertain you. It generally keeps us entertained, but towards the second half of the film, or as the Na’vi accept Sam Worthington, who is really damn good in the film, as one of them, things become too dragged out and several extended sequences have major pacing issues. And the touch of weak romance on the side takes up a lot of time. For science fiction movies with a fascinating story to tell, Avatar just isn’t worth the $500 million budget, unless you’re a massive sci-fi/fantasy/action fan engaged by the intriguing concept of this film.

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