August 30, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): The 2d version of 2009 film AVATAR directed by James Cameron ruled the world. AVATAR 3D version has been released for few weeks and fails to shine at the Box office. However, AVATAR does not need Box Office Support any longer. AVATAR is the highest grossing film of all times. Order the AVATAR DVD, BLU Ray, Blu-Ray 3d online from Amazon. Read reviews, ratings, trailers.
Disabled Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) travels to planet Pandora to become an avatar, ingratiate himself with the natives and help Americans mine lucrative unobtainium. But he finds himself in an interstellar conflict after falling for Na’vi warrior Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). James Cameron writes and directs this Golden Globe-winning CGI odyssey that has broken box office records. Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang co-star.
Cast and Crew
- Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Lang, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi
- Director: James Cameron
- Genres: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi Adventure, Alien Sci-Fi, Blu-ray, Fox Home Entertainment
- Rating: 4.5/5
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Film: ‘Avatar (3D)’;
Some films are born with a destiny and an innate sense of timing. How else can you explain the timing of the re-release of ‘Avatar‘. On Wednesday, the Indian government refused to give clearance to a mining project by Vedanta in Orissa citing environmental grounds. This news was celebrated across the world as this meant the protection of the Dongri-Kondh tribals and their way of life. ‘Avatar’, is in effect, their story, as it is the story of tribals throughout the ages.
When ‘Avatar’ released almost a year back with its story set in the distant planet of Pandora where a giant corporation is out to get the minerals the tribals are living on by any means possible, it touched many chords globally.
Besides dazzling audiences with its magnificent 3D effects, its simple yet politically supercharged story became an emblem of the struggle of aborigines through the ages to retain their life and nature against the onslaught of ‘development’. Rarely in the history of cinema, has a film managed to endear itself to such a diverse cross section of society.
It is hence welcome that the film finds a re-release with 9 minutes of extended footage, with such an impeccable timing.
The new footage comprises scenes of cow hunting by the Naavi tribe, glow worms, footages of the school that Dr. Grace taught in and some extended fight sequences.
At close to $3 billion, ‘Avatar’ is the highest grossing film of all time. Its market size can be gauged by the simple fact that this one film has grossed more than the entire Indian film industry, which barely makes $2 billion a year.
Yet, beyond the hype and money and effects, it is the story that endeared everyone to the film. For ‘Avatar’ is an analogy of human history where a human race over thousands of years builds a personal bond with nature, but ideas of ‘civilization’, ‘development’ and ‘technology’ take root in another part, and these ‘modern humans’ reach out to spread the same.
They reach the ancient places that have been living in peace and quiet, call its residents savages, and kill, rape and destroy their life, and brand this annihilation ‘reformation’, ‘religion’, ‘education’ etc. This has happened in North America since the doomed day when Columbus led a pack of murderers into the continent in 1492, and over 500 years almost wiped out the entire race. This happened in South America, during the Spanish inquisition in the name of religion. In Australia with the aborigines. And, of course the cradle of ‘real’ civilization, Africa.
The British did this in India, wiping out aborigines from many of its parts. Those that survived the British, now face the same fate at the hands of MNCs. The Dongri-Kondh are just one of them.
And the Indian government’s war against the Maoists, is taking the shape of a tribal genocide and all for the same reason that ‘Avatar’ talks about, the minerals these tribals live over.
One way to explain the impeccable timing of ‘Avatar’ is the fact that the war between tribals who want to protect their way of life and trigger-happy men willing to shove their idea of development on them, is as old as the forests and hills they protect. It is a war that has continued for millenniums and will continue to rage forever.
More about AVATAR
After 12 years of thinking about it (and waiting for movie technology to catch up with his visions), James Cameron followed up his unsinkable Titanic with Avatar, a sci-fi epic meant to trump all previous sci-fi epics. Set in the future on a distant planet, Avatar spins a simple little parable about greedy colonizers (that would be mankind) messing up the lush tribal world of Pandora. A paraplegic Marine named Jake (Sam Worthington) acts through a 9-foot-tall avatar that allows him to roam the planet and pass as one of the Na’vi, the blue-skinned, large-eyed native people who would very much like to live their peaceful lives without the interference of the visitors. Although he’s supposed to be gathering intel for the badass general (Stephen Lang) who’d like to lay waste to the planet and its inhabitants, Jake naturally begins to take a liking to the Na’vi, especially the feisty Neytiri (Zoë Saldana, whose entire performance, recorded by Cameron’s complicated motion-capture system, exists as a digitally rendered Na’vi). The movie uses state-of-the-art 3D technology to plunge the viewer deep into Cameron’s crazy toy box of planetary ecosystems and high-tech machinery. Maybe it’s the fact that Cameron seems torn between his two loves–awesome destructive gizmos and flower-power message mongering–that makes Avatar’s pursuit of its point ultimately uncertain. That, and the fact that Cameron’s dialogue continues to clunk badly. If you’re won over by the movie’s trippy new world, the characters will be forgivable as broad, useful archetypes rather than standard-issue stereotypes, and you might be able to overlook the unsurprising central plot. (The overextended “take that, Michael Bay” final battle sequences could tax even Cameron enthusiasts, however.) It doesn’t measure up to the hype (what could?) yet Avatar frequently hits a giddy delirium all its own. The film itself is our Pandora, a sensation-saturated universe only the movies could create. –Robert Horton Stills from Avatar (Click for larger image)
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