Set on the planet Pandora, Avatar is a science-fiction story of a money-hungry corporation’s attempt to conquer and excavate the land of humanoids known as Na’Vi. Jake Sully is a paraplegic, who is sent to space to complete his deceased brother’s mission because they share the same genome, which is necessary to navigate the expensive avatar that had already been cloned. We learn that the avatar is basically a mind-transporter used to be a part of and learn about the Na’Vi community. During his first expedition in the land of the Na’Vi, Jake gets lost and encounters one of the main female members of the tribe who ends up taking him under her wing and
An animated television series that ties into Transcendentalism with the concept of oversoul. In the series, the fantasy world is divided into four nations that are based on the four classical elements shown throughout many common ancient philosophies. Each generation there is one person who is capable of controlling and manipulating all four elements, the Avatar. The Avatar possesses a unique ability, that allows him/her to be able to gain knowledge, powers, and abilities of all the past Avatars that opens his/her mind, during times of need or meditation. With this ability, the Avatar’s purpose is to keep the four nations harmonious and to maintain world peace.
Also, tests, allies and enemies as well as the ordeal are expressed brilliantly. Jake finds friendship in one of the Na'vi People, Neytiri. She helps Jake along his way and even supports him in front of her own people. After Neytiri's parents decide that Jake should be allowed to be a part of The People, Jake is tested to learn their ways. Jake is shown how he needs to bond with a Mountain Banshee, known to the Na'vi People as Ikran. Jake and the Ikran must choose each other in order for him to belong to Jake. After this, Neytiri tries to teach Jake the language which he struggles with. Slowly building music shows the stress that Jake was under and full shots show Jake struggling with the tests he was facing. Cameron’s choice of colour scheme on the Ikran and all of the animals in this film is breathtaking. The Ordeal comes as a shock to the Na'vi People as the humans begin to cut down all the trees and demolish all the land. The Na'vi People blame Jake and Grace for the humans’ acts of malice. All the humans blame Jake and insist on obliterating HomeTree. Furthermore, fast paced music and long shots capture the Na'vi People's everything being taken and
Avatar uses a variety of film genres and styles. One of the styles is the Cowboys versus Indians theme. It is clear that Avatar is a product of post-colonialism: it shows the Na'vi as the relatively harmless yet environmentally respectful and spiritually in tuned indigenous population, while the humans are a corporate military whose only goal is mine the resources of Pandora. The film presents an anti-military narrative. The soldiers are portrayed as cruel, violent, and brainless brutes, with only mercenary intentions. They are the stereotype of the ultimate warrior. They perpetuate the “might is right” myth. All of them are males, except for a female helicopter pilot, who ultimately defects to the
While analyzing Avatar, it’s safe to say that there isn’t one main theme, but plenty. One main theme of Avatar is the flow of energy and the beauty of nature. “She said all energy is only borrowed, and one day you have to give it back,” (Cameron, 2009). Another huge theme in Avatar is the battle between Mother Nature and humans. “Our Great Mother does not take sides. She protects only the balance of life,” (Cameron, 2009). This quote is said by the Na’vi character Neytiri when Jake tries to ask Mother Nature to help him in his battle against the humans. In the end, Mother Nature does end up taking a stand and fighting for the preservation of life. Issues like corporations destroying nature for profit, the lack of respect for living creatures, and the failed policies of "military diplomacy" that the USA continues to pursue are just a few of the other themes behind Avatar. It would be ridiculous to say that the deep, meaningful themes from Avatar are just a copy of the weak, childish message from Pocahontas.
In the year 2009, James Cameron wrote and directed one of the most remarkable films I have ever seen ‘Avatar’. This science-fiction saga has a story line that is engaging and captivating for its audience. Avatar took place on a moon called Pandora. Humans discovered very valuable natural resources on Pandora and did whatever it took to obtain what they needed from Pandora. The people of Pandora are Na’vi’s, a 10 foot tall, blue-skinned humanoid alien group that lived in the rainforest or Pandora. The Humans found a way to interact with the Na’vi’s by artificial yet organic avatars that were controlled with a human mind and conscience. Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine who was given the task to manipulate the Na’vi’s into leaving their home. Sully entered
The movie Avatar is about how the human race invades a planet called Pandora to mine a certain kind of resource and fights with the Na’vi, the race of creatures that live on Pandora. The main character Jake Sulley decides to take his brothers
In just a matter of three months, half of the Virginia company was dead. One of the most notable deaths of the English men was their initial captain, whose exact identity remains a mystery. Following this death rose Captain John Smith. The most distinguishable trait about John Smith was his diplomatic charm in the face of grave danger from the Indians. John Smith would learn to act and talk like the Powhatans, in an attempt to gain their trust. Even more so, the chief of the native tribe was persuaded by his daughter, Pocahontas, to relinquish aggression towards the forthcoming ‘white men’. For the years to come, Pocahontas would act as a bridge between the foreigners and natives, allowing the English to breathe a sigh of relief in a storm of turbulence. Legend has it that a heteroromantic relationship blossomed between Pocahontas and Smith, but these are mere rumors. In James Cameron’s Avatar, characters can be found sharing the same roles as those in Jamestown. Rather than James Smith, Cameron presents Jake Sully, a marine whose consciousness embodies a Na’vi, and begins to walk amongst Pandora’s clans. According to Colonel Miles Quaritch, a military leader in the film, “If you’ll look like them and talk like them then they’ll start trusting us.” This philosophy was the exact mindset of John Smith when he set out for diplomacy amongst the natives. Likewise, there was an Avatar version of Pocahontas present, and she was to be found as Neytiri, daughter of the Na’vi chief. Correspondingly, Neytiri trains Sully to become one with her people, and slowly throughout the film the Na’vi’s learn to trust and respect Jake. Of course, what is a tale without a spark of romance? Unlike the rumors circulating amongst John Smith and Pocahontas, the bond between Neytiri and Jake Smith was indeed confirmed, and the two rendered as a pair beyond
Using highly advanced technology to replicate and to creating false bodies which humans use to walk amongst the natives known as the Na’vi living in the planet Pandora hence the name ‘Avatar’. The story focuses on an ex U.S. soldier name Jake Sully who is wheel-chair bound, was called upon as a last resort to replace his late brother whom had trained for 3 years in a project which was invested with so much money that the researchers could not bear to make it go to waste. Thus, sharing the same DNA, Jake was then given the privilege to be part of the project as he was tasked to retrieve back an extremely valuable mineral known as “Unobtainium” (Cameron & Landau, 2009) and at the same
Jake is a loving and protective person. There was a occasion where Jake, his girlfriend, Lauren,
Jake had to go through many change and challenge to become a part of the Na’vi tribe . According , Liew and Aziz – Zadeh to simulate another person’s actions allows us to generate an internal, first - person understanding of the observed action as though we ourselves performed the action and, based on that understanding, predict their next actions (Liew and Aziz – Zadeh 2012). This is exactly what Jake did; he followed and watch everything that Neytiri was doing. Their minds connected to together to and that able Jake to learn faster as well. The process of mirror neurons has been linked to a variety of aspects of social cognition, such as action understanding, simulation, perspective taking, empathy, and language (Liew and Aziz – Zadeh
Avatar is the story of Jake Sully, a paraplegic marine that is sent to the world Pandora to take the place of his dead-brother's job as a Na’vi avatar pilot. The humans on Pandora use these
Avatar required 10 years to complete and was a visually stunning. A film with visionary technology, graphics, and film techniques. Director James Cameron developed and pioneered many of these techniques while creating this film, and propelled motion capture technology and film to a new level. The characters were well written and the actors chosen fit their roles very well. One of the characters in this epic film was Mo’at the spiritual leader of the Omaticaya clan. (Khare, 2009)
Avatar is a blockbuster film from 2009 and one of my most favorite Sci-fi films of all time. The film was directed by James Cameron, who is known for directing films like Titanic (1997), Aliens (1986), and the Terminator (1984), all of which helped shape the film industry into what it is today. Although at the time, there was a recession and people were trying to save money, this movie became the highest grossing film in at the time. The movie provided stunning 3D technology unlike any other movie and this was one of the reasons that made people want to go watch the film. From visual effects to the camera angles, James Cameron directed this movie to make the audience feel like they are in the movie. Although the film looked amazing, there were messages and themes inside the film that made it such a success. The film provoked discussions about various messages and themes embedded inside the film, such as terrorism, Imperialism, religious connections, and connections to current world. Such messages can be clearly seen throughout the plot of the movie.