Friday, December 11, 2009

Avatar: The Movie (New Extended HD Trailer)

Okay, I think I'll give this a go. My only fear is that this is just going to a be a bit of liberal American guilt about the indians updated and transformed into science fiction i.e. 'green' alien indians fighting the big evil 'corporation'. Certainly hearing Sigourney Weaver spouting the usual Hollywood concerned environmentalist tripe seems to indicate that.

13 comments:

Inchy said...

I don't hold out much hope for the plot, it looks like it'll be the weakest part of the film, but the tech should be good and I'm fully expecting a good few "Wow!" moments and possibly even a "F**k me!" at the 3D.

mr-maigo said...

It's a rip off of FernGully, a '92 Fox animated movie.
Loggers go into the forest, one of the guys gets somehow magically turned into a fairy. Then the evil smog monster (Tim Curry) starts rampaging in the massive logging machine. The fairies have a not so epic battle to save the forest from evil human consumerism... err, the smog monster. The fairies win and everyone feels guilty for driving home.

I don't think anyone will be going for the story. Besides, no one is interested in protecting the environment, it's all about global warming now.

On the plus side, if the movie does well, hopefully Cameron will start on Battle Angel in the next 10 years. And really, that's all that matters ;D

Martin Sommerfeld said...

Well, yeah, I had those feelings about the anti-western-civilization-part too - but then I remembered: The combination Cameron plus Science Fiction really has a good record. So, my hopes remain high for this. He just knows how to tell a story, how to direct an action scene as best as anyone out there and his characters always feel alive, even when they are terminators.

Pavlov's Cat said...

I have seen it referred to elsewhere as "Dances With Aliens"

Neal Asher said...

'Dances with Aliens' Priceless!

XiXiDu said...

I've already written this somewhere else: "Ridiculous bullshit...I've only watched the new Battlestar Galactica until I saw Adama wearing glasses. Never ever watched it again. Besides, it's too American and too much bullshit army crap. It's like it was made for injured soldiers entertainment who already had no brains before being wounded. But what did I expect? It's always the same for stuff which is made for a big audience, it's reduced to fit the intelligence of the masses. I'll probably watch it for the visuals. Though my expectations here are different. The contradiction might just hurt too much. I can watch/read fantasy but only as long as it stays up to its possibilities. You can't resolve such a blatant idiocy. Wheelchairs and wars on exomoons just don't fit, however you look at it. Besides that it is so obviously borrowed from the current political situations that it's just silly."

This is partly how I imagine modern science fiction movies...not the Avatar, BSG bullshit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxiOKKF721U

Inchy said...

You stopped watching Battlestar Galactica because Adama wore spectacles?

Why?

ChrisW said...

It's like it was made for injured soldiers entertainment who already had no brains before being wounded

Got a problem with soldiers or is that just a throw away line?

Neal Asher said...

XiXiDu is right about the wheelchair. We've got the technology to go to the stars, to grow alien bodies and implant a separate consciousness in them yet we can't get someone out of a wheelchair? Ridiculous. We're on the verge of getting people out of wheelchairs now. I understand that the soldier in question might be damaged in some high-tech way impossible to repair, but a wheelchair? No, an exoskeleton at very least.

Yup, Adama wearing glasses I too thought a bit ridiculous, but I let it go. What I couldn't let go was a lot of the politically correct shite that started appearing:

http://theskinner.blogspot.com/2007/01/battlestar-galactica.html

Maybe it's changed now, I haven't bothered checking.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

theres a lot of oil out there, down there. and you will buy it. in small expensive doses. inhale!

some other secret world stuff the general public isnt in on:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/blackmoney/view/

this is the short film to see this month. it has everything one looks for in a spy novel, except the cliche explosions and gun play. if you have enough imagination you can fill that part in yourself or...

watch the 9-11 control demolition again for that. the shimmering facades of 'reality' tap dancing in your zeitgeist. the penultimate truth from oceania lockdown against it's eastasian boogeymach.

Neal Asher said...

Sorry Vaude, but I deleted the post you replied to, which I'll do if it's obvious people haven't got a clue what I'm talking about and are just on here to whine. I could spend time replying, but what's the point?

XiXiDu said...

@ChrisW

No, I don't have a problem. But I saw some documentary about the U.S. troops in Iraq and how they do all for their entertainment. Which is good. But I just couldn't help and imagine how some dumb-ass Joe watches this movie and thinks how it resembles his current situation.

Some weird far-away culture that is fighting a superior enemy looking for resources? Those two recruiter in a 2009 bar? Some naive guy buying the ludicrous slogan "we'll be making a difference"? It's so American that it hurts. It's obviously an allusion towards Iraq and Afghanistan. And that idiot commander fits into some B movie at best.

I have no problem with smart, adult and realistic soldiers. They are doing some of the most important work. We're all indebted to them. But what I don't like are those dumb-ass redneck teenagers the U.S. army thows into battle.

Jebel Krong said...

"dances with aliens" might be hilariously right, but every single review i've seen has been very positive. and it is supposed to at least look utterly amazing. for that alone i will be seeing it at the IMAX early January. also they aid the 3D is really nicely (and subtely) integrated into the film, not OTT like the Polar Express.

personally i can take it or leave it - i find the glasses very uncomfortable over my own and for my eyes.