The Dragon Scale
I feel so blueWednesday, March 31, 2010 By Brendan M.
The movie Avatar, directed by James Cameron, is a film constructed in mesmerizing proportions. Avatar fared well in the box office making over $730 million nationally and over $2.5 billion worldwide. The protagonist of the film is paralyzed but tough as nails marine Jake Sully. Sully lands on the planet of war-torn Pandora after being asked by Mercenary contractors that represent a greedy industrial corporation to help with securing the company's interests on the planet. Jake learns of the insatiable company director's plans of killing off the Na'vi people in order to capture the planet's vast and rich resources. He is offered a mission by scientists to serve as a proxy between the humans and the Na'vi by using his avatar identity, unknown to the scientists, his real mission is being led by colonel Miles Quaritch. Quaritch is a hardened and ruthless war veteran. As a reward Sully will get his legs back, but in return he must cooperate with Quaritch. The mission is to gather intelligence for the army to prepare their offensive on the Na'vi village. After Jake falls in love with Neytiri, the daughter of the Na'vi chief, he begins to bond with the tribe and his feelings for the Na'vi people change. He becomes torn between following Quaritch's orders in helping to take part in ruthless extermination of the natives and standing up for The Na'vi people in the epic fight that takes place over Pandora. Avatar was a fun film that was intertwined with fantastic special effects, great battle sequences, and very creative fictional animals and characters of the world of Pandora. The film was made of both epic and bold proportions. The scenery in Avatar was superb, especially with its 3D film techniques which made it alive and almost in your face. Despite the special effects and colorful creativity, it was very weak in other areas of film structure. The script was horrendous and seemed like some forgettable teen comedy with corny dialogue. The film's plot was inspired by some original films like Pochahontas, but because it had copied off of those plots it became unoriginal. In the end, James Cameron compensated for the corny script and the cliched plot with his beautiful art direction and 3D special effects. Yet again what really matters to people is what Cameron does best, which is to create another original fictional world filled with characters that will last for years in pop culture phenomenon.