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Category Action , Adventure , Sci-Fi , Animated
Year: 2009
Time: 162 minutes
Production: 20th Century Fox
Director: James Cameron
Cast:
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Wes Studi
MPAA PG-13 / UK12A
Our Rating 7/10 - a little over-rated if you didn't catch it on Imax or in 3D
Watchability 9/10 - even better if you like the colour blue
Contributed by JT
 
Plot:

An injured war-hero is sent to the alien world of Pandora to take his twin brother's place on a project to befriend the native humanoid race, the Na'vi, and gain their trust to help relations with the human colony that is mining the planet. 
  Jake Sully (Worthington) is soon caught between the demands of his commanding officer, with the promise to pay for his spinal surgery once he returns home, and the love of Na'vi princess Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), who has caught his eye.

 
So, how does it end?

Jake is moved to a remote station by Dr. Grace and the dude from Dodgeball so he is not corrupted by the military chiefs.
  He finally completes his mission to become a real man in the Na'vi world when he tames a Dragon, and then with Neytiri they go flying around having a fun time and falling in love, until they are chased by a monster dragon.

With time running out, Jake tries to negotiate terms with the Na'vi people, trying to get them to leave their home in the giant tree so Parker (Giovanni Ribisi) and his greedy people can get their hands on the huge mineral deposit in the ground.  When it comes out that Grace and Sully knew about the plan all along, the Na'vi (and especially Neytiri) feel betrayed and the humans leave the avatar bodies at this point as the project is closed down.

The general has his answer as Sully left a video message saying that there is nothing the Na'vi want or need, so are never going to negotiate with the humans. 

Sully convinces Parker to give them one more chance, but it doesn't work as they are chained up by the Na'vi as the human gunships approach and then take out the big tree with a massive amount of firepower.

The good guys return to their bodies and are then kept in a cell for going against the wishes of the guys in charge, until Michelle Rodriguez soon breaks them out.  As they escape, Grace is shot by the Colonel.

They set up a new remote station, and Jake goes in first. To gain the trust of the Na'vi, he tames the monster dragon and then rides in to the clan gathering as a hero. They try to save Grace by transferring her to the Avatar body, but she is too weak and dies.

Sully takes charge and they assemble all the Na'vi from across Pandora for one final battle as the gunships return with huge amounts of explosives.  The big battle soon develops with dragon-flyers attacking the gunships and cavalry Na'vi taking out the infantry, but things aren't going so well against the superior human firepower.

Mother Nature then helps out and sends swarms of dragons, dogs with rabies and huge rhino creatures to take out most of the humans. Sully gets onto the lead gunship with the explosives and takes out the engines with hand grenades.  The Colonel grabs a huge mechanical suit and jumps ship as it goes down.

Back on the ground, the Colonel fights with Neytiri, who is riding the black sabre-tooth tiger style monster from before, but manages to stab the creature to death and Neytiti is trapped under its weight.  Sully shows up to save his feisty girlfriend.  The Colonel is next to the remote station and he wisely smashes Sully's avatar-inducing pod so that he cannot breathe.

Neytiri frees herself and fires a few arrows into the Colonel's chest, and then she gets to Sully in time to plant an oxygen mask around his face.

Cut to a little while later and all the humans have been rounded up and put back on ships to be sent home.

Then the Na'vi do another Lion King style chant later that night over the bodies of Sully and his Avatar, and it works this time as Sully refocuses to look at Neytiri from his new body.

 
Comments

So, it's basically "Dances with Wolves", but with a bit of Thundercats and Last of the Mohicans thrown in too.  Majorly over-hyped, so you'll be disappointed if you haven't seen it yet (ranging from mildly disappointed to completely bored with the weak plot and feel like you've wasted almost 3hrs of your life if you don't like these types of movie!), but no doubt there'll be re-runs on IMAX screens for years for those die-hard fans.

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