Editor's Note: The original review was deleted from our archives due to a technical error. However, I was able to successfully recover it.
Jake Sully, a crippled ex-Marine, is sent to the planet of Pandora to take his deceased brother's place as an Avatar pilot. Why? Because of the massive amount of Unobtainium, an incredibly rare alloy that, for some damn reason or another, Earth needs to do.....something. Unfortunately the only thing stopping them from mining the planet empty is the Na'vi, the humanoid natives of Pandora. Along the way Jake falls for Neytiri, a Na'vi female and next in line to became her tribe's shaman. With all the other money hungry, trigger-happy humans getting inpatient, Jake must race against time (and my review) to save the Na'vi before it's too late.
Visually this film is INCREDIBLE, the acting is some of the best I've seen in recent years...but that's it. Seriously. Every plot-point, every twist, every touching moment is ripped from other films. Off the top of my head I can name Pocahontas, The Last Samurai, Jurassic Park, Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek, and even some of Sam Worthington's own Terminator Salvation.
If you want mindless graphics and a slow moving story, then beeline it to the theaters. If you want something a little more original take your hard-earned money and go see The Book of Eli.
And that's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Now to sit back and wait for the other Avatar...the one that bends air.