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Avatar (2009 movie)

2009 American 3D epic science fiction film directed by James Cameron

Avatar is a 2009 American science fiction adventure movie. The two main characters are played by Sam Worthington (Jake) and Zoë Saldaña (Neytiri). Avatar was directed by James Cameron. In 1994, Cameron wrote an 80-page story about Pandora. He did not start to develop the movie until 12 years later, in early 2006. He did this because the level of technology at the time was not good enough. The cost of the movie was high. It cost $280–310 million to make it and $150 million for marketing. The movie was released in traditional 2-D and 3-D. Only three weeks after it was released (December 18, 2009 in the United States), Avatar has earned more money worldwide than any movie other than Cameron's previous movie, Titanic.

Avatar
Avatar-Logo-avatar.svg
Directed byJames Cameron
Produced byJames Cameron
Jon Landau
Written byJames Cameron
StarringSam Worthington
Zoe Saldana
Stephen Lang
Michelle Rodriguez
Sigourney Weaver
Giovanni Ribisi
Joel David Moore
C. C. H. Pounder
Wes Studi
Laz Alonso
Music byJames Horner
CinematographyMauro Fiore
Edited byJames Cameron
John Refoua
Stephen E. Rivkin
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
December 10, 2009 (2009-12-10)
(London premiere)
December 17, 2009 (2009-12-17)
(United Kingdom)
December 18, 2009 (2009-12-18)
(United States)
Running time
161 minutes [1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$400 million [2]
Box officeDomestic: $760,507,625
Foreign: $2,021,767,547[3][4]

The movie won the 2010 Golden Globe awards for "Best Director - Motion Picture" and "Best Motion Picture - Drama" and six Critics Choice awards. It has also been nominated for 11 Academy Awards and eight BAFTA awards.

Contents

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  Bangladesh 16 December 2009
  Belgium 16 December 2009
   Switzerland 16 December 2009 (French speaking region)
  Egypt 16 December 2009
  France 16 December 2009
  South Korea 16 December 2009
  Serbia 16 December 2009
  United Arab Emirates 17 December 2009
  Austria 17 December 2009
  Australia 17 December 2009
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 17 December 2009
  Bulgaria 17 December 2009
   Switzerland 17 December 2009 (German speaking region)
  Colombia 17 December 2009
  Czech Republic 17 December 2009
  Germany 17 December 2009
  United Kingdom 17 December 2009
  Georgia 17 December 2009
  Greece 17 December 2009
  Hong Kong 17 December 2009
  Croatia 17 December 2009
  Hungary 17 December 2009
  Ireland 17 December 2009
  Israel 17 December 2009
  Kuwait 17 December 2009
  Lebanon 17 December 2009
  Mexico 17 December 2009
  Malaysia 17 December 2009
  Netherlands 17 December 2009
  New Zealand 17 December 2009
  Peru 17 December 2009
  Philippines 17 December 2009
  Portugal 17 December 2009
  Russia 17 December 2009
  Singapore 17 December 2009
  Slovenia 17 December 2009
  Slovakia 17 December 2009
  Syria 17 December 2009
  Thailand 17 December 2009
  Ukraine 17 December 2009
  Brazil 18 December 2009
  Canada 18 December 2009
  Denmark 18 December 2009
  Estonia 18 December 2009
  Spain 18 December 2009
  Finland 18 December 2009
  Indonesia 18 December 2009
  India 18 December 2009
  Iceland 18 December 2009
  Kazakhstan 18 December 2009
  Lithuania 18 December 2009
  Latvia 18 December 2009
  Norway 18 December 2009
  Panama 18 December 2009
  Romania 18 December 2009
  Sweden 18 December 2009
  Turkey 18 December 2009
  Taiwan 18 December 2009
  United States 18 December 2009
  Uruguay 18 December 2009
  Venezuela 18 December 2009
  Japan 23 December 2009
  Poland 25 December 2009
  Argentina 1 January 2010
  Pakistan 1 January 2010
  Armenia 3 January 2010
  China 4 January 2010
  Italy 15 January 2010
  Georgia 28 January 2010
  Cambodia 13 October 2011

Special EditionEdit

Country Premiere
  Australia 26 August 2010
  Hong Kong 26 August 2010
  South Korea 26 August 2010
  Kazakhstan 26 August 2010
  Malaysia 26 August 2010
  New Zealand 26 August 2010
  Russia 26 August 2010
  Singapore 26 August 2010
  Canada 27 August 2010
  United Kingdom 27 August 2010
  Ireland 27 August 2010
  India 27 August 2010
  Poland 27 August 2010
  United States 27 August 2010
  France 1 September 2010
  Indonesia 1 September 2010
  Germany 2 September 2010
  Belgium 8 September 2010
  Argentina 23 September 2010
  Georgia 23 September 2010
  Spain 24 September 2010
  Brazil 15 October 2010
  Mexico 15 October 2010
  Japan 16 October 2010
  Portugal 2 January 2014

PlotEdit

The story takes place on Pandora, a moon of a far away planet, in the year 2154. The movie opens with Jake getting into a fight in a bar on Earth before he goes to Pandora. Pandora is a fictional Earth-like moon in a distant planetary system.

Some humans have traveled from Earth to Pandora because it is a source of a very valuable mineral called unobtanium. The largest deposit of the mineral is under a large tree that the local Na'vi people have named "Hometree" (kelutral in the Na'vi language). The tree is very important to the Na'vi. Parker Selfridge (played by Giovanni Ribisi) is the military leader of the mining operation. He uses marines for security. The marines need to move the Na'vi people before they can start mining the unobtanium. They have tried to do this many times. They have offered the Na'vi clothing, education, and such, but none has been working. Their next plan is to just blow the place up.

Pandora is inhabited by the Na'vi. They are a blue-skinned species of humanoids with feline characteristics. Physically, the Na'vi are much stronger and taller than humans. They live in harmony with Nature and worship a mother goddess called Eywa. The human scientists on Pandora want to learn about the Na'vi's culture. To do this, they have created "avatars". Avatars are Na'vi bodies modified with human DNA. They are controlled mentally by human operators. These avatars are used to interact with the Na'vi people, to try to create peace. Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington) is a paraplegic marine . His brother was a scientist trained to be an avatar operator. After his brother dies, Jake replaces him to control his avatar. Jake receives the mission to form relations with the Na'vi. His goal is to get the Na'vi to move away from Hometree so the humans can mine for unobtanium there. To do this, he was to become friends with the Na'vi so he could learn what it would take to get them to move. Many people, like Grace (played by Sigourney Weaver), an avatar specialist, did not think Jake had enough experience and intelligence to be useful. On a mission in avatar form, he gets lost in the jungle.

Jake's avatar is saved by Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), a female Na'vi. Neytiri takes Jake to Hometree, where her clan, the Omaticaya, live. As a shaman, Neytiri's mother shows interest in Jake. She asks her daughter to teach Jake about their culture. Together, Jake and Neytiri have many adventures in Pandora. Neytiri shows Jake the spirit that every living thing has. Jake is respected when he first comes to the Na'vi. They call him a "sky-dreamer". Once he learns their culture, he impresses all of them and earns their respect. He becomes a member of the Omaticaya clan and is seen as one of them. At first, Neytiri does not like him. Their friendship forms as he becomes more skilled and her equal. They mate under the tree of Eywa. At first, Neytiri's father is quite mad about it. Over time, he accepts it.

Time passes and Jake has not gotten the Na'vi people to move. Park Selfridge sees this. He tells Jake that it has taken too long and that they are going to bomb Hometree. Jake tries to warn the Na'vi people. The Na'vi people feel that he has betrayed them because he knew this was going to happen. The Na'vi try to fight back but their bows and arrows are useless against the Marines. The Hometree is bombed and thousands of Na'vi people died. Neytiri's father is one of the dead. Jake and Grace have failed. They are jailed by the mining company because they fought with the Na'vi.

With the help of a woman marine pilot named Trudy (played by Michelle Rodriguez), they escape in a helicopter. They go to a nearby base to change into avatar mode. They then go to Hometree to see the Na'vi. Jake tells the Na'vi people that they still must fight. He joins with one of the Na'vi warriors to train them. Soon, more Na'vi come to defend their land. The marines choose to just destroy the Na'vi rather than try and move them. Many people do not think this was right. They think it is inhumane. These people are not listened to and the Marines went to attack the Na'vi. There is a very large battle between the Marines and Na'vi. When it looks as if the marines are going to win, many of the animals of Pandora join the battle. They fight with the Na'vi against the marines. Near the end of the battle, Jake, in his avatar, fights Parker Selfridge. When he is almost dead, Neytiri saves him. The Na'vi eventually win but many die. After the battle, the Marines are sent home to planet Earth. Jake Sully is changed into his avatar permanently and becomes the leader of the Na'vi with Neytiri.

Aim and InspirationEdit

If Cameron was inspired by every science fiction book he read when he was a kid, the look of the Na'vi was inspired by a dream that Cameron's mother had before he wrote Avatar. She dreamt about a 12-foot-tall blue woman and he thought that image was cool. Cameron's aim was to make us think about how we interact with nature and others . Cameron said: "the Na'vi represent(...) our higher selves, or our aspirational selves..." and the humans represent "the parts of ourselves that are trashing our world and maybe condemning ourselves to a grim future".[5]

Home media 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment & Sony Pictures Home Entertainmentreleased Avatar on Blu-ray and DVD on April 22nd Earth Day in the United States Japan South Korea and Canada and Peoples Republic of China. this release had no special features and no 3D. it was released in UK April 26th 2010 and Ireland and Mainland Europe Australia New Zealand April 23rd 2010 another edition was re released in 12 November 2010 with special features and audio commentary a 3D version is not available in shops only with special 3D package Sony 3D TV package until February 2012.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "BBFC rating and classification details for Avatar". December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  2. Patten, D. (December 3, 2009). "'Avatar's' True Cost – and Consequences". The Wrap. Retrieved December 12, 2009.
  3. "Avatar (2009) – Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
  4. "Avatar". The-Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  5. Associated Press (July 24, 2009). "James Cameron wows Comic Con with 3-D 'Avatar'". BostonHerald.com. Retrieved 2009-12-06.

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