Avatar – Film Review

(162MIN, CERT 12A)

Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi

James Cameron, director of Titanic is back, knocking himself off the top spot with yet another visual and engaging production.

I must have been one of only a small majority who did not experience Avatar in the cinema. I’m not saying that I didn’t try. I tried a number of times. But who would have thought that a film would be sold out on a daily basis at the local cinema?With Avatar smashing box office records, the closest I could get to the film was to watch film trailers on You Tube and read rave reviews from a number of critics.

Admittedly I’d heard very little about Avatar before its release date. And then suddenly it becomes an instant hit overnight. Becoming the highest grossing film of all time. I did know that James Cameron directed, but didn’t believe this film would live up to his 1997 picture Titanic. So how did Avatar manage to smash Titanic’s box office success, accomplishing something no film has done since 1997?

Watching Avatar, I have finally witnessed what everyone else is talking about. Although Avatar does not hold the iconic imagery Titanic does, it succeeds where Titanic couldn’t. What was then set in the past, now takes place in the future. With the digital age rapidly increasing, audience’s expect much more when they visit the cinema. Director James Cameron takes full advantage of this, and simply gives his audience what they want. Taking CGI and special effects to new heights, Cameron takes his audience on a journey unlike any other.

What at first looks like a montage from a virtual video game soon turns into a wave of imagination that only the most creative of minds could think up. Avatar is set to become the Titanic of the digital age.

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