Serious Warning: This article may or may not contain spoilers that will ruin your viewing pleasure after some time. I don’t know. But just in case, If you haven’t seen Avatar, just… Don’t read this article after the indicated point. ‘Kay? ‘Kay.

Avatar. THE ALMIGHTY AVATAR!! James Cameron’s Epic sci-fi tale, intended to be unlike anything we have seen or read before. To be perfectly honest, I’ve heard of this tale millions of times and my wish for 2010 for producers is to stop making movies like Avatar. What do I mean? I’ll start from the beginning.

Venezuela War veteran Jake Sully is condemned to use a wheelchair and can’t get his legs fixed. “Not with veteran pension. Not in this economy.” says, Jake Sully. Luckily for him, his twin brother who has a PhD and who was in another planet, gets killed. Because the genomes of Jake and his twin brother are identical, some corporate man-whores ask Jake if he wants to take the place of his brother. He needs a fresh start, so he goes to another planet.

Pandora, our new moon-planet, is one the 14 moons of a Jupiter-like planet called Polyphemus, and Pandora is a biologically hostile environment for human beings. You have to wear respirators, and watch out for every creature that is programmed to kill you by the deity of this planet: Eywa. But there is something really important about this planet, a new element Unobtanium which sells for $20 million a kilo. So the point is just to get every single bit of Unobtanium(which actually looks like the Fool’s Gold) by being nice to the natives of the moon. One of the natives of this moon is a species called na’vi, which are blue tree-huggers trying to be `one` with Eywa and protecting its creatures. That’s why the earthlings have the Avatar program, a cocktail of human/na’vi which is only used by the DNA of a particular human being. Since the genomes of Jake Sully and his twin brother has an exact match, there is no reason for corporate man-whores to ask Jake if he wants to join this Avatar program. When Jake arrives at Pandora, the badass security chef commands Jake to obtain information about na’vi and convince them to leave their looking-like-Empire State Building home tree so that they can get to the source of Unobtanium. As Jake remotely controls his(formerly his brother’s) Avatar, he realizes that Pandora is much more than a bunch of tree-huggers and their deity. That’s pretty much all about the main subject of the movie.

Note: If you haven’t seen Avatar, the rest of this articly may contain spoilers. Read it at your own risk and read responsibly.

Before the movie was out, we were told Avatar would be nothing like we have ever seen. Then why was it so familiar? I’ll tell you why. White guilt. This subject was going on and on for over years in Hollywood and it looks like they will never get tired of it. Last Samurai(2003), Dances with the Wolves(1990), Dune(2000).. These movies are all the same in the eyes of the beholder. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look.

I got these plots from IMDB, (I was too lazy to write them down myself) so maybe you can have a clue of what I’m talking about(by the way, it’s only blah blah after some point so after reading a bit of every story just skip them and get to my summary):

The Last Samurai:
Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him. Written by la pointe )
From Here.

Dune:
It is a distant galaxy in the far future. Arrakis is a desert planet and is the only source of Melange, a vital drug used by the Guild Navigators for space travel from star system to star system. The corrupt Emperor Padishah Shaddam IV sends the Atreides family to Arrakis to take charge of the mining operations of Melange, once controlled by the Atreide’s rival family, The Harkonnens. Duke Leto Atreide’s son Paul becomes fascinated by the native Freman’s culture and learns he has a special powers and he can see images of the future. But the Emperor is in league with the evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and the Baron and his loyal army attacks, taking control of the mining operation on Arrakis and Duke Leto is assassinated. Paul and his mother Lady Jessica flee in the desert, where they are befriend by the Fremen. Adopting his Fremen name “Maud’Dib”, Paul vows vengeance on Baron Harkonnen and the Emperor and he unites the Fremen and forms a army of warriors and leads into battle, as he sets out to defeat the Harkonnen family and put a stop to the Melange mining operation, as Paul sets out to fulfill his destiny, as he becomes the prophesied all-powerful Kwisatz Haderach. Written by Daniel Williamson
From Here.

Dances with the Wolves:
Having been sent to a remote outpost in the wilderness of the Dakota territory during the American Civil War, Lieutenant John Dunbar encounters, and is eventually accepted into, the local Sioux tribe. He is known as “Dances with Wolves” to them and as time passes he becomes enamoured by the beautiful “Stands With a Fist”. Not soon after, the frontier becomes the frontier no more, and as the army advances on the plains, John must make a decision that will not only affect him, but also the lives of the natives he now calls his people. Written by Graeme Roy {gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk}
From Here.

See? Every single one of these movies are identical when you compare them by the plots. The main character is in another culture which is completely different from where he/she came from and joins them, after some time he realizes that his world was nothing but a lie, then he makes a decision about his new life, whether he should abandon it or protect it… Now, tell me something. Why would I be excited for a story that has been told for years? Just because it has godlike special effects? I don’t think so! I admit that the CGI’s are something that I have never seen before, and Pandora is simply amazing, when you realize it, but this just does not mean that I should be loving this movie. Not everything is about computer generated images or Real D. It’s about the spirit, the breathtaking story of the movie. In Avatar, all we do is to hate Americans and Aero-Imperialism which has been done many many times throughout the history of Hollywood movies.

I would also like to talk about the Real D thingy. I watched the movie both in Real D and 2D and if you ask me, my choice would be with 2D. I’m not an old-schooler, but somehow Real D seemed like a technologic improvement just to show off. My eyes were all worn out after the movie. I went home and got a terrible headache!

Conclusion? Yeah, conclusion. $300,000,000 is too much for a movie like Avatar. I’m so sorry, but the movie is the compilation of everything I have seen before. Nothing new, nothing too exciting, nothing to worship about.

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