Saturday, December 26, 2009

Discover the Na'Vi People and Planet Pandora

As a family, the three of us went to see the 3-D movie Avatar Christmas evening. If you have not seen it yet, get yourself to the theater. You are in for a treat not to be missed.

Jake in avatar form

Avatar" follows the exploits of hero/protagonist Jake Sully, a former Marine or member of the "jar-head clan". He was wounded and paralyzed from the waist down in Earth combat. Upon the death of his identical twin scientist brother, he is recruited for his precise genetic match to the expensive avatar created to allow humans and his brother in specific to operate in the toxic atmosphere of planet Pandora.

To venture out of landing craft and research stations earth humans use avatars. Avatars look like the indigenous Na'Vi people of Pandora, but are grown organically and mind-controlled by humans who remain wired up to the avatar in a trance-like state on the ship or at the research station. While acting as avatars, they see, fear, taste and feel like Na'vi, and have all the same physical adeptness.


Using his avatar body, Jake goes on a scouting mission and he falls in love with a young Na'vi female named Neytiri.

Encounter with wood sprites - seeds from the tree of souls

After integrating himself into the Na'vi clan, he finds himself getting caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth represented by the Consortium and the indigenous Na'vi. Now, he has to choose sides in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire planet.

In his first movie since Titanic, James Cameron has created a movie that represents both masterful story telling and a cinematic technological breakthrough. Pandora is a beautiful but potentially deadly planet. The phantasmagorical creatures inhabiting this place are well developed and a delight to observe. The green message of the need for harmony with one's surroundings comes through strongly and the limits of Empire are demonstrated.

Go see this movie for the story, the message and the stunning visual effects.



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