Witt's Twaddle

Avatar

Posted in Everyday, Tech by Witt on January 17, 2010

A month after Avatar was officially released here in the Philippines, I finally saw it today. Missed the chance to see it on IMAX though, but the Dolby 3D sufficed. A visual delight, stunningly beautiful.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

CG: Loved the luminescence of Pandora at night, especially when Jake Sully and Neytiri interacts with them. The six-legged land creatures gave the movie its rawness. To me, the Ikrans were a combination of Star Wars’ speeders and Harry Potter’s quidditch. The AMP suit of Col. Miles Quaritch was a huge leap from the kind Ripley (also portrayed by Sigourney Weaver in another Cameron classic) used against the alien in Aliens and Captain Mifune wielded in the Matrix Revolutions. I think the dual rotary choppers and gunships were the most plausible tech design by the year 2154.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Plot: Classic tale of good versus evil. Pocahontas meets John Smith on an Earth-like moon. Boy betrays girl and does something big to redeem himself, like taming Toruk. A little part similar to Ghost in the Shell and the Matrix where they plug in to everything to manipulate things and access data, like when the “Sky People” operate their Avatars and when the Na’vis ride their land and flying creatures or connect to Eywa.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Cast: Relative newcomer Sam Worthington as Jake Sully looked dull at times. Zoe Saldana voiced Neytiri to perfection. Michelle Rodriguez as a rogue pilot, seemed to mirror her true self. Dr. Grace Augustine beautifully played by a hot looking Sigourney Weaver. Giovanni Ribisi was a bit young for his part as corporate administrator. Stephen Lang’s tough as nails Col. Miles Quaritch was intense.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Conclusion: Avatar is a spectacle. A celebration of art and technology combined. Truly groundbreaking achievement in three dimensional movie making. A new standard for all 3D movies which combines CG and live action. James Cameron is ultimately the King of the World!

9:22pm, 17 January 2010.

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