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BMZ Review: Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience
By Ross Anthony


Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri. Photo credit: WETA.

Greed V. Deed
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: January 8, 2010


Category: Reviews

James Cameron is back! This is quality entertainment. After gloating over his less than impressive 3D camera setups for Ghosts of the Abyss, I had some serious concerns regarding Cameron's opinion of quality. The fact is, Ghosts was the anomaly, I'm happy to report that Cameron can still deliver big, powerful, universal cinema. (T2 remains one my favorite films of all time.)

Avatar focuses rather narrowly on a conflict between an indigenous people inhabiting a planet off in space and corporate opportunists from our humble planet. In a rather personal, dramatic, and spectacularly visual way it exposes a greed far too common here on Earth.

The disciplined, consistently energized pace outshines even the juicy special effects, which seamlessly integrate live action and cgi. Despite the 2.5 hour run time, there is never a dull moment. There's not even a slow moment. This production has fine tuned its focused tale to unwind perfectly. Cameron doesn't waste time with setting, we're trusted to figure out this new world on the go -- this trust pays off.

There are a few imperfections in the magic. A cigarette in an oxygen-limited environment? And from a scientist no less. (I'm doubting that). Technology that enables bio-telepathy, but weapons are still bullets and dynamite? (Quite unlikely.)
That said, if you're looking for a picture with action, splendid visuals, romance, and even relevance -- go see Avatar in IMAX 3D.

Note: I watched this film on the new IMAX screen at Alhambra, CA's Renaissance 14 (quite possibly the most petite IMAX screen I'd ever seen).

Avatar. Copyright © 2009.
Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez.
Directed by James Cameron. Screenplay by James Cameron. Produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau
at 20th Century Fox.
Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

Copyright © 1998-2010. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: For Adult & Teen Novels written by Ross Anthony visit:

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