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Rated PG-13 · 162 minutes · 2009

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science fiction
Say hello to one of the biggest cinematic disappointments in years. Director James Cameron, the man behind Titanic and The Terminator, has concocted a big, blue, boring movie that looks great at times, but doesn’t hold together as a story. Sam Worthington plays Jake Sully, a paraplegic soldier who has his DNA fused with an alien being, and is then able to control a hybrid, silly looking being as he slumbers in a special bed. Thanks to an evil commander (Stephen Lang), Sully’s intentions are quite unfriendly at first. But after months of running around in an alien jungle with a dreadlocked spindly blue female creature in a thong, he has second thoughts. Cameron packs a lot of visual pow into his 162-minute movie (some of which you will miss if you don’t view it in 3-D), but the experience becomes exhausting as the story gets more and more predictable, and fails to go anywhere meaningful. The CGI creatures are creepy and goofy-looking, especially in the case of Sigourney Weaver, who plays a scientist who also links up to an alien body. This is easily Cameron’s worst film since Piranha Part Two: The Spawning.
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Official Site: www.avatarmovie.com
Director: James Cameron
Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau, Colin Wilson and Laeta Kalogridis
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Laz Alonso, Dileep Rao, Matt Gerald, Sean Anthony Moran, Jason Whyte, Scott Lawrence and Kelly Kilgour

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