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Set in 2154, the story involves a U.S. Armed Forces mission to the remote planet
Pandora, which is home to a rare mineral Earth needs. To get it, the Armed
Forces displace a tribe of peaceful and nature-loving Pandoran natives, the
The Na’vi are blue-skinned, golden-eyed, and around 12 feet tall. To infiltrate
their ranks, the humans use avatars, expensive Na’vi look-alikes that are
mentally connected to humans who remain aboard ships.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), the film’s paraplegic protagonist, takes the place
of his dead twin brother, for whom an avatar was made. During Sully’s first
venture into Pandora’s forest, wild animals attack him. A brave Pandoran native
named Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) saves his life.
At first, Sully remains a good soldier, but after learning the Na’vi way of
life, he finds himself on the path to become an official part of the Na’vi
The Na’vi survive by living in harmony with nature and Pandora’s creatures.
Taming the dragon-like creatures they ride, the Na’vi display skill and
dexterity. The enormous tree known as Eywa is both the Na’vi god and the film’s
remarkable homage to nature’s miracles. The humans suspect Eywa acts through a
signal-transduction network. To the Na’vi, it is the ultimate representation of
ancestral nature and goodness.
Reveling in Pandora’s wonders, Sully is transformed. In the final battle between
the Na’vi and the humans, he joins the natives.
The war causes suffering and destruction of life and nature that wrench and
humiliate both sides. We understand what Cameron means for us to see: that we
should respect our planet, and that war is rarely the solution to our problems.
In a 163-minute masterpiece, Cameron opens audiences’ eyes to the terror and
reality of our world. Avatar is a good movie, not only because it
contains romance, action, and morals, but because it empowers the audience.
Setting the story in the future gives us hope: We feel that there is time to
remedy our world’s problems before it is too late.
As a teenager in a world that needs a lot of work, I left the theater ready to
watch the movie again. Zipping through three hours in a spectacular montage of
entertainment and motivation, this movie packs a multi-whammy. And it comes in
3-D. Honestly, what’s not to love?