Director: James Cameron
Producer: James Cameron, Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang, Matt Gerald

Avatar is a perfect amalgamation of virtual visual splendour and close-to-the-human-heart sentiments. It’s a hardcore Hollywood masala that treats you to ’shock-n-awe’ of the extra terrestrial kinds. Top Gun fire fighting atop friendly flying dinosours and a cute romance between strong willed ET Princess and his saviour American warrior. Amusing. Visual effects through 3d glasses transports you to an amazing land blessed with a delectable celestial charisma. Fantasy come true.

The best thing about Avatar is the dedicated behind-the-scenes team. Actors just happen to deliver the goods. But it’s the magnificence of the vivid imagination that director James Cameron and his team are imbued with that transforms this film into a successful experiment of fusing the real with the imaginary. Mauro Fiore’s breathtakingly crafty cinematography, James Horner’s Pied-Piper effect like background music score, Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg’s incredible production design, Kim Sinclair’s masterful set decoration, the long list of team members involved in God-like visual effects, spot-on make up department, magic-clarity given by the sound department, flying-fists-in-the-air stunts….it’s a long list of never ending behind the scenes brilliance that has nurtured this spectacle.

Where writer-director James Cameron scores brownie points is the way he has interwoven the testosterone-powered visual effects with an age old story that strikes a chord with the viewers instantly. Jack (Sam Worthington) is an ex-marine who was wounded in a combat and paralysed from waist-below. He is a part of the Avatar program which will gift him the ability to walk again. He is virtually transported to Pandora, an extra terrestrial moon blessed with wondrous life forms and beastly animals.

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