Screening Report – “Avatar”

James Cameron’s Avatar was released in 2009.  Originally, this movie was meant to be filmed in 1997, but, due to a lack of technological progress, James Cameron decided to wait.  Ultimately, because of his patience, Avatar is now known for being one of the world’s greatest animated movies.


The plot of the movie revolves around an ex-marine, Jake Sulley, who became disabled during his service.  After his twin brother died, government officials propositioned him to take his brother’s avatar to assist with a mining operation on Pandora to obtain a rare mineral called unobtainium.


With this avatar, Jake was instructed to try and connect with the Na’vi, the natives of Pandora.  Through a little dumb luck, Jake was able to achieve this at a relatively fast pace.  Through several trials, Jake proved himself with the Omaticaya tribe. 


Such trials bonded Jake with the people he was initially sent to manipulate.  Soon after his newfound loyalty to the Na’vi, the military forces from Earth planned an attack on the Omaticaya’s home tree.  Since the tree was rooted atop of a large supply of unobtainium, military forces decided the best option was to shoot the tree down.  Unfortunately, this decision left the Omaticaya with no home.


With the home-field advantage, support from other Na’vi tribes, and the unexpected assistance of the native animals, the Omaticaya successfully fought back against the military forces.  The movie ends with an complete Na’vi victory, and a ceremony where Jake takes the body of the avatar for good.


Due to the nature of this movie, it is important to note the original purpose of the film, which was to bring light to the issue of the environment.  More and more humans are taking advantage of the Earth’s natural resources, just like they began doing on Pandora. 


Avatar shows that being “one” with nature like the Na’vi is a much better alternative to raping the land.  By respecting your surroundings, all life can live together in harmony: the same concept utilized by Gandhi.  


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