in about 100 words or less
US 162m, Colour 3D
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, C. C. H. Pounder, Wes Studi, Laz Alonso, Sigourney Weaver
Avatar is a science fiction adventure film that is based on a tired premise that is filled with predictable and clichéd characters. Despite these limitations, it remains a fascinating movie owing to some of the most stunning visual effects ever seen on film. Unfortunately, the visual effects and cinematography also suffer from being filmed and projected in 3D, a process which is woefully out-dated and which served only to distract from the film’s most interesting qualities. While some of the 3D effects were impressive in deep focus shots, the foreground in-your-face effects remained no less a gimmick now as they were when they were first introduced in film (Klaus Ming January 2010).