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Avatar (2009)


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Avatar (2009)

In director James Cameron's revolutionary and major blockbuster film - it was the highest grossing (domestic) film of 2010 - and of the entire 2001-2010 decade. The lengthy and impressive futuristic sci-fi epic and 3-D live-action film told about a fictional universe, with ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special effects:

  • the setting was in the 22nd century (specifically in the year 2154), at a time when the dystopian Earth was threatened by a major energy crisis; humans were experimenting with colonizing a habitable, Earth-like moon known as Pandora, a lush and densely rain-forested area
  • Pandora was inhabited by an indigenous tribal species (similar to Native-Americans) of primitive blue-skinned Na'vi - 10 foot tall humanoids with blue skin. The creatures were harmonious with nature, worshipped a mother-goddess named Eywa, and often gathered at Hometree, a giant tree at the center of their neural network
  • the moon Pandora was orbiting around a gas-giant planet known as Polyphemus located in the Alpha Centauri A star system. It had been colonized to take advantage of its valuable semi-conductor mineral and energy supply known as unobtanium (located at Hometree) - planned to be mined by the Resources Development Administration (RDA); Pandora was a hostile environment for humans due to its poisonous atmosphere, requiring humans to wear breathing gear
  • in the film's story, an Avatar program had been created on Earth to explore Pandora more safely by humans
  • the mega-corporate, military-backed, scientific program was led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Norm Spellman (Joel David Moore). Paraplegic, wheelchair-bound ex-marine combat vet Jake Scully (Sam Worthington) had been selected to interact with the native Pandoran Na'vi through an 'avatar' - a genetically-grown, half-alien/half-human body (hybrid) of a Na'vi individual jacked into and controlled by his brain; he was represented as a tall, lanky, long-tailed, blue-skinned creature/avatar
  • it became evident that incursions into the Na'vi's biosphere habitat by the expanding mining colony were threatening their existence
  • on his first use of an avatar during a 'virtual' outing to Pandora, Jake was attacked but saved by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a female Na'vi and Princess, and then taken to her clan
  • the brutal and insensitive villain of the film was RDA's security head Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) who pressured Jake to spy on the Na'vi and report on their ways
  • the Colonel was aided by RDA's head mining administrator Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi), in a plot to destroy Hometree, take over their homeland, and mine the unobtanium.
  • as Jake learned the Na'vi's ways, and developed an emotionally loving relationship with Neytiri, he was torn between his sympathy for his adoptive natives, and his obligations to follow orders from the Earth-bound, corrupt government corporation

Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) - A Female Na'vi and Princess


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