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Avatar Screening Report

Obviously this was a great CG and 3D movie, but that’s not what really caught my attention. Things like the detailed animation of the forest and their colors are what grabbed my attention. I believe that James Cameron intentionally uses scenes like this to place us in the shoes of our ancestors forcing the Native Americans out of their homes. The type of land that they lived in was different to them and we didn’t understand the connection they had to nature, just as the Na’vi did to the forest. I have to laugh at how many times people who I have watched this movie with will the miss the pun of the element they are trying to mine “unobtanium”; kind of sounds like un obtain right? I think that even the word Na’vi is intended to be a play on the word native seeing as the people who drove out the Native Americans are the ones who labeled them Indians (or blue monkeys in the movie). I think that Cameron is also critical of the American culture today because we have become too dependent on our modern advances to care about nature or religion and spirituality. The military is protecting the big corporation who will stop at nothing to mine out and get that “unobtanium” that is so highly desired. They try to create this avatar program, but like any other big corporation it’s just a ploy to make the “tree huggers” happy.

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