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James Cameron’s AVATAR – starting to look bad

Author: Daemon August 21, 2009

During the last year or so there was an enormous hype about Cameron’s new movie “Avatar”. The movie was shrouded in mystery and sprinkled with supreme power words, like “movie that will redefine the cinema experience”, or “this will change your life”, etc.

As the time passed, the hype was getting enormous. Everyone went to cinemas to see “Watchmen”, and even tho “Watchmen” are really good people were saying that they expect even more from “Avatar”.

And yesterday, the trailer hit the internet.

And if you ask me, the shit hit the fan, blew up into 1000 pieces and sprinkled me all over face.

Lets start:

This looks really good. But let’s face it, cinema was able to produce realistic space imagery 40 years ago, so nothing impressive.

OK, they got some robots. They look like bloody LEGO robots. You have to be aware that during this year Transformers 2 were in cinemas as well. They had some AWESOME display of how robots should be done. You cannot just put some mechanical mumbo-jumbo and call it job finished.

Here the shit is starting to approach the fan. It’s flying pretty fast towards the 4 rotating blades. The face looks so unrealistic that this all starts to take shape of Harry Potter in Space.

And the shit hits the fan right about here. Titanic? Really? REALLY? Let me just quickly remind you that James Cameron did some other movies. Aliens. Abyss. Terminator. By choosing to put Titanic they clearly made a target for this movie – semi retarded men, insecure women and children who like Harry Potter.

There is nothing realistic in this shots. We have all seen fantasy graphic, and we have all seen BETTER fantasy graphic. Blizzard trailers and “World of Warcraft” cinematographic for example. Screw this, this is not even funny any more.

On top of all this, from the trailer you can extract the following storyline. We, the Humans discover new planet. At first we are cool with the species living there. Then some stuff happens, main character gets ported into body of an indigenous humanoid being. Being stupid Humans as we are, the supreme army commanders decide to burn the whole planet or at least take all of it’s resources or something, but our main character will step in to defend the poor local people. Bam bam bam, explosions and love drama.

Excuse my French, but … the fuck?!

Seriously … we have seen this cliché at least two hundred times so far, stop using it.


    7 thoughts on “James Cameron’s AVATAR – starting to look bad”

  • OMG!!! ROTFLMAO!@!!!! “Harry Potter in Space.” :)) !!!! Medic! I need a medic!

  • err.. what’s up with the potter dissing, kids should have no pressure to be film critics ;)

  • Kids shouldn’t be under pressure to be film critics, but film-makers should be under pressure to make GOOD films. This looks like soggy pap.

    Here’s my take on AVATAR.

  • I was tempted to reply to your very dumb “criticism” of the movie but then…naaah…it’s not worth. Cool off, take a cold shower or…whatever…

  • Oh! and remember. Most stories are variations of previous ones…so, why shouldn’t this be another variation?

    I haven’t read or watched a very creative or “original” idea in a long time and that doesn’t mean that all I’ve seen started to look bad…And…by the way Avatar looks pretty cool despite its simple story line…

  • Undoubtedly, Avatar looks great. The technology they displayed in Avatar is just INSANE. The amount of work that had to be done to create all those details on Pandora are just, in lack of better words – crazy. I really understand why they could not make that movie even few years ago, let alone 15 years ago when Cameron started thinking about it.

    But the story? One of the lamest cookie cutter stories. Love drama mixed with ecology. BLAAAAAARGGHHHH where is the bucket, I am puking all over the place.

    Admit it, you will see Avatar once or twice, and then forget about it. On the other hand, there are movies which you can watch 10 times per day and still they will feel awesome. Pulp Fiction comes to mind, Lord of the Rings (even tho story is Tolkien’s, not Jackson’s) …

  • I like the Avatar 3D film, especially the story line, not solely it brings a completely new feelings but eye opening thoughts of humanity. I heard the New Avatar 2 is comming soon, can’t wait to watch it again…!

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