"Avatar' Amazes Audiences At
Adventure Accumulating Outright Oscar Nominations Now!"
By Kristen Agnew
Feb 04, 2010
The movie is rated PG-13 for
intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and
some smoking. The
run time is 162 min.
Sam Worthington - Jake Sully
Sigourney Weaver - Dr. Grace Augustine
Zoe Saldana - Neytiri
Stephen Lang - Colonel Miles Quaritch
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BACKGROUND: Released in December 2009,
Avatar quickly captured audiences and dollars as it climbed to
international fame. On
January 25, 2010, it was named the highest-grossing film of all
time worldwide. Producer
James Cameron began the project in 1994 and waited for technology
to advance to match his vision for the final product. Today, audiences
are amazed at the intensity of movement, the clarity of 3D picture, and
the imaginative quality of the film--if not the creativity of
the storyline. A sequel has already been announced.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: In "Avatar',
former marine Jake Sully (Sam
Worthington) joins a scientific and diplomatic effort
funded by a corporate mining operation on the planet Pandora, only to
discover that he can no longer take orders. Dr. Grace Augustine
(Sigourney Weaver) leads the study of the Omaticaya clan's
biology and culture. When "non-academic" Jake enters their world in his
hybrid Avatar-human body, he encounters the Princess Neyteri (Zoe
Saldana) and her parents, who decide that he will train to
be a Na'vi warrior. Meanwhile, the mining operation is planning to
destroy the Na'vi clan's territory for a precious mineral, and the
Lang) will stop at nothing to ensure this mission is a
REVIEW: Audiences identify with Avatar through its broad themes, which
relate to technology, war, the politics of science, and spirituality. I
heard several comparisons to past films, including
Independence Day (1996), Pocahontas (1995),
Dances With Wolves (1990), and Titanic (1997), though none
of these screenplays best the novelty of Avatar's magical
planet, Pandora, and the agile Na'vi people who call it home. These
beautiful, strange creatures may be blue, and twice as tall as the
normal human, yet their emotions are as familiar as our own. Their
pride in their land, family stories, their deep connection to the
natural world, their courage and their simultaneous
vulnerability could stir up emotions that the viewer has set aside in
the routines of modern living. Personally, maybe somewhat ironically, I
found it to be a refreshing reminder of the value of shared humanity.
Spoiler Alert I:
Spiritually, the film portrays a deep faith in a
mother goddess (Eywa) and the sensitivity and awareness of this higher
being amongst the Omaticaya clan. Some Christians may call it idolatry,
yet others will rejoice for evidence of Truth: The sacrifice that Jake
and others make to save their friends. This is not quite Messianic,
though it reminded me of the Christian call to lay down one's life for
"Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
Spoiler Alert II: There is faith in a higher power, who is
intricately connected with our existence. Though the
name of Jesus is not mentioned in Avatar, there is a sense that
spiritual awareness is valuable and necessary for a better life.
by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all
things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in
him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16-17, NIV)
ALERT III: There is a desire for new life. I walked out of the movie with a
phrase from a common prayer resonating in my mind: "new and unending
life in Him," which is sometimes read during Communion/Eucharist/Lord's
Supper (name varying with
ALERT IV: Seeing the Omaticaya come
together in worship and pleading for the lives of friends reminded me of
the need for intercession and faith among God's people, even when death
is at hand.
Hebrews 7:25 declares
the redemptive power of Christ, such that prayer is an important act of
reverence and even salvation, not just on our part, but on His, too.
Therefore he is able to save completelythose who come to God
through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews
Just as Jake prayed for Eywa's help and
received it, I believe there is a God who
"is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth" (Psalm
encourages the believer by asking, "If God
is for us, who can be against us?"
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
When was the last time we whole-heartedly prayed
for something? Did we expect an answer, or did we pray despite doubt?
Do you know that Christ is pleading for you?
This is not a singular journey we are facing.
How we respond to the events of our time will reflect what we ultimately