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Friday, December 4 12:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: Avatar

By Brian Briggs
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AvatarDo you want to rate my Avatar (trailer)? Why yes, I do.

Avatar is the latest epic from director James Cameron who brought us Xenogenesis and Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. I'm sure this will follow in the blockbuster success of those two movies.

The trailer is only 3.5 minutes, but it appears to cover the entire arc of the 2.5 hour movie. People just can't go into a movie without knowing everything about it. However, if you're like me and the other 2% of the population, you'd like some surprises along the way.

Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington who was also played the guy who wasn't John Connor in Terminator Salvation), plays a disabled marine. It's the future with space travel, advanced robotics and technology beyond belief, but he's still putzing around in a wheelchair?

Talk to the Hand
Talk to the hand.

Sully's recruited to travel to another planet for an assignment. He wants to make a difference, so he accepts. He's taken to the planet Pandora, where streaming music comes from. There are giant floating rock islands in the air, and fascinating creatures on the ground.

The reason for the human presence on this planet is greed. There's a valuable ore to be mined. Unfortunately, some native giant Smurfs live on the motherlode and need to be killed.

Now comes the "avatar" part. Sully's consciousness will be transfered into an alien body. He'll use his newfound body and disguise to infiltrate the natives, find out tactical information and return to the base.

Sully gets all high and mighty though. He thinks the native people on the planet shouldn't have to be killed just so some bigwigs get rich. He wants to lead the revolution against the Earthlings. Unfortunately for him, the natives only have bows and arrows while the Earthlings have giant robotic exoskeletons and futuristic assault rifles.


Trailer Quicktime

Sam Worthington
Zoe Saldana

Director James Cameron
Official Site Link
US Opening

December 18, 2009

Rated PG-13 (for smoking, blue people)
Genre Cameronian
Explosions 4
Weapons Assault rifles, bow and arrow, beasts, robo-beasts, shotgun, dragonbirds, hovercopters
Man Quotient


Déjà Vu
The Abyss
Geek Factor 30%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes (revised)
Follow Up Here

There are plenty of action montages and views of the alien landscape throughout the trailer, but it surprisingly follows a linear story arc. Hopefully, there will be some surprises left for the trailer, but I doubt it.

Ending Prognostication: If you've seen Titanic, you know where this is headed. The greedy Earthlings will ride the lifeboats to safety and Sully's going to die along with the native population. Sorry, did I ruin it for you? Don't think of it that way though, think that I just saved you $20 (which you can send to me).

Fun with IMDb: From the stars of Fink! and Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story comes a movie from the producers of Ding-a-ling-Less and Elektra.

Conclusion on Trailer: It's a slickly produced trailer with eye-popping special effects and a giant dumptruck full of stars. For a trailer, it's very good although I may have a different opinion about the movie.

Conclusion on Movie: The obvious environmental overtones in the trailer, and stereotypical characters lead to to the conclusion that this one won't be worth the money or the time. I hope I'm wrong, because this looks like it will be beautiful to look at, but that's about it.

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