Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver
For the 2010 Oscars there were 10 nominated films. This was one of them. Yet this was the only one of the 10 that I hadn’t seen yet. I never saw this movie in theaters and that could be a part of my problem with it. I know I would have seen it in theaters but I was never in a hurry to see it. I never noticed anything in the trailers that really peaked my interest. Sure the special effects looked great but I feel that we are reaching an era of diminishing returns on newer special effects. I’m sure people like James Cameron who spends his life working on brilliant ways to improve these effects would disagree. But not much can top the sight of Sam Neil and Laura Dern gazing up in astonishment at the dinos of Jurassic Park.
I understand there is a huge difference in the technology used to create those dinosaurs and the technology used to create the individual strands of hair on the avatars. It’s just that with that much work put into the visuals, it becomes something other than a movie to me. I feel like James Cameron made this for himself and not necessarily for me. Now if there were an original thought provoking story, that might be different. The story was certainly recycled from many movies. The acting was good. The dialogue was mediocre at best. So what are we left with? Visuals. I’m sorry but I need more. Something to grasp on so that I have the desire to pop in my DVD and be a part of this journey with these characters.
I feel like I am really ragging on this movie. I didn’t hate it but I just wanted it to be so much better. It’s good but not as good as it could have been.
Oscar Winner alert: Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects…Nominated for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
-I will most certainly watch the sequels if only to see Sigourney Weaver. I’d watch her take out the trash.
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