What to say? What to say about this movie ? Its very difficult for me to explain how good the movie was. Excellent Movie. Excellent Direction. Superb CGI Effects. Very good acting especially from Stephen Lang as Col. Miles Quaritch. This movie will be a sure Oscar winner.
As the movie goes – In AD 2154, a human corporation mines Pandora, the lush, low gravity moon of Polyphemus, one of three gas giants that orbit Alpha Centauri A, 4.4 light-years (280,000 AU) from Earth. The humans seek to exploit Pandora’s reserves of a precious mineral called unobtanium. Parker Selfridge , the head of the mining operation, employs former marines and soldiers as mercenaries.
Pandora is inhabited by an indigenous paleolithic species of sapient humanoids called the Na’vi.
Humans are unable to breathe Pandora’s atmosphere, which is rich in carbon dioxide, methane, and ammonia, and peaceful interaction with the Na’vi is difficult. Human researchers led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) create the Avatar Program, genetically engineering human-Na’vi hybrids. A human who shares genetic material with an avatar is mentally linked to it, allowing them to control it while their own body ‘sleeps’. These avatars cost millions to produce and link, so gaining access to one is difficult. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a former Marine who was paralyzed below the waist in combat on Earth. His twin brother, Thomas, was a scientist working in the Avatar Program; when Thomas is killed, Jake takes his brother’s place because he is genetically compatible with his brother’s avatar. Dr. Augustine is less than happy about Jake being there, as he has no knowledge of Na’vi culture and has never used an avatar. (In contrast, his brother had a doctorate and years of training to participate in the program.) Jake’s first assignment is to escort Dr. Augustine and a biologist named Norm Spellman through the hostile jungle. The group is attacked by a thanator, a large predator, and Jake becomes separated from the others, forcing them to leave him behind for the night. Jake attempts to survive in his avatar body, fending off dangerous creatures. This attracts the attention of a female Na’vi named Neytiri who rescues Jake. Although, at first, she is troubled by Jake’s recklessness, when some floating seeds are attracted to him she sees it as a spiritual sign from Eywa . She takes him to the Na’vi Hometree, the spiritual and geographical home of her clan. The Na’vi decide to teach Jake about their culture.
Jake is ordered by Colonel Miles Quaritch on a diplomatic mission to obtain the trust of the Na’vi clan and is given three months to convince them to abandon their Hometree, which sits above a large deposit of unobtanium. As Jake learns the way of the Na’vi, he gradually finds himself caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth and a newfound love for his adopted home and people. A
Jake is successfully initiated into the tribe after passing the Omaticaya rites of passage to become a Man. Neytiri and Jake choose each other as mates, much to the jealousy of Tsu’Tey , heir to the chieftainship of the tribe who was originally chosen as Neytiri’s mate. Jake keeps silent on the human’s plans to use force if the Na’vi will not leave peacefully, but when the deadline runs out, a bulldozing machine comes to begin destruction and almost kills Jake and Neytiri. He saves them both by destroying the camera and sensors on the machine.
Jake pleads for another chance to convince them to leave and is given one hour by Selfridge. When he reveals his mission to the Na’vi, they feel betrayed by him and they leave him for dead when the hour runs out.
Jake stirs the Na’vi to war with the assistance of Neytiri and Tsu’Tey, now the newly appointed chief of the clan. Jake assembles thousands of Na’vi from other tribes to battle the human forces. Colonel Quaritch, seeing that the Na’vi are growing in numbers, orders a preemptive attack to destroy the Tree of Souls, the center of Na’vi religion and culture.
As the battle begins, the Na’vi put up a formidable defense under Jake’s leadership, but take heavy casualties, including Tsu’Tey, Trudy, and Norm’s avatar. When all hope seems lost, the Pandoran wildlife suddenly launch a mass attack, overwhelming the humans. Neytiri interprets this as Eywa answering Jake’s prayer. Colonel Quaritch orders the Tree of Souls bombed, but Jake destroys the bombing shuttle before the explosive is launched.
Quaritch’s gunship is destroyed, but he manages to escape in his AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) suit. As he proceeds to the Tree of Souls in order to destroy it, he finds the Avatar interface field pod Jake’s compatriots had moved and decides to assault it to kill the human Jake. Neytiri, who was riding on a Thanator and Jake’s avatar arrive to defeat him, but not before the pod sustains serious damage, exposing Jake to Pandora’s toxic atmosphere. Neytiri kills Quaritch and saves Jake, seeing his human form for the first time. Then they fall in love for each other.
Defeated, the humans are forced to leave Pandora, while Jake and his friends are allowed to remain. As the humans leave, Jake is seen wearing the insignia of the Omaticaya clan leader. The film ends with Jake’s soul being transplanted from his human body to his Na’vi avatar at the Tree of Souls; his breathing mask is removed from his human body, indicating that the transplant is permanent Jake now starts his new life as a Na’vi.
So, Hats of to James Cameron – You are great. I am waiting for its SEQUEL.
Everybody should watch this. The film is directed by a master director