Paul Kim P.
Adventure Film Review
Avatar, directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, is a mind blowing adventure film that takes you on an amazing journey through the world of Pandora. With breath-taking landscapes and special effects, this film utilizes adventure film elements to its maximum. Without a doubt, the strongest element in the film is scenic grandeur. Located in a fictional place called Pandora, this moon contains beautiful and jaw-dropping climates and landscapes. For example, in a certain location exists the “Legendary Hallelujah Mountains”. These mountains are gigantic and are floating in mid-air with dazzling waterfalls flowing into the open atmosphere! The visual and special effects make these mountains look stunningly real and one starts to hear oos and ahhs from the audience. Another element this film grips is the theme: the frontier is a meeting point between the civilized and the savage. For example, in the film, a greedy corporation invades Pandora in search for a very precious rock that sells for trillions of dollars a kilo. In the beginning of the film, the indigenous populations of humanoids called the Na’vi are portrayed as ruthless savages. However, when diplomacy fails, the corporation proceeds to kill and drive the Na’vi off of their homeland. At this point of the film, perspectives have changed and the corporation is now seen as the savages who are unrightfully invading and taking what is not theirs by force. Finally, a third element that is used is the ultimate conflict of man vs. self. In the film, Jake Sully, a crippled marine, is hired for a special mission of infiltrating and gaining the trust of the Na’vi people driving an Avatar. His job is to find a diplomatic solution for the relocation of the Na’vi. While Jake forms a unique bond with the Na’vi tribe, the colonel proceeds to slaughter the tribe with his army. Jake now has a critical decision on which he fights himself. Whose side is he really on? He goes from an Avatar puppet controlled by the corporation, to a true member of the Na’vi people where he fights to defend them from the oncoming battle. The film Avatar, with a budget of over $200 million, brings spectacular special effects and unforgettable plots, themes, and landscapes. This film not only provides the viewer with a sense of dignity and passion, but also brings out the imagination and fantasy in everyone. Whether looking for an adventure, action, or fantasy film, Avatar will satisfy all of these genres, and will leave you wanting to watch it a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, or even an 8th time.