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January 25, 2010


Amazing Avatar takes viewers to another world

By Shweta Ganesh

Junior reporter, Youth Journalism International


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Neytiri (Zoe Saldana)



MUMBAI, India – I personally am not a sci-fi lover, but Avatar has changed that. It’s a science-fiction movie like nothing seen before.

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A scene from Avatar

I went into the theater slipping on my 3D glasses, but I refused to take them off even after the movie ended. I was totally transported into another world.

The movie takes place in the year 2154, after a multinational corporation has established a mining colony on Pandora, a planet light-years from Earth.

The view of Pandora left me awestruck. There were flying dragons, crawlies, and animals that were weird-looking, even for aliens. The whole thing was magical, so fairytale-ish, yet so real.

The humans are trying to study Pandora’s native tribes, called the Na’vi. The protagonist, Jake Sully, takes his twin brother’s place in the Avatar program, in which his consciousness is placed into a host body created from human and Na’vi DNA.

Jake has to pass through a test in order to be accepted by the tribe. As he learns their ways of life, he begins to feel that the Na’vi tribes are more in touch with reality and their consciences than the humans are.

The Na’vi feel or palpate almost everything they touch. They express gratitude towards all living things around them. It’s their way of life. What a beautiful concept! I was left amazed. The Na’vi greeting of ‘I see you’ totally moved me.

James Cameron, the master behind the iconic film Titanic, came up with this wonderful creation. After Titanic, the director left audiences anxiously awaiting another Cameron film for 12 years before releasing Avatar.

Cameron is known for creating love stories, but he does it yet again with a new dimension. Nothing about his movies is superficial. They are so deep, with so much meaning and so much to understand that one never goes back feeling empty inside.

First Titanic, then Avatar. With each of his masterpieces, Cameron has raised the bar and his audiences’ expectations. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us next.

Yet again for the record, Avatar gets a thumbs up from me. If you haven’t watched it yet, go now!

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