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Release Date: December 18th, 2009

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2010

PG-13|2 hr 42 min

Plot Summary
On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder

Director: James Cameron

Genres: Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Fantasy

Production Co: Dune, Ingenious Film Partners, Lightstorm Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Forbidden love, Rivalry, Rise, Soldier, Creative, Quest, Love, Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story. show more

  • Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry - the movie quite simply rocks. show more

  • Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
Winner Visual Effects
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Sound Mixing
Winner Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)