Avatar: A Hate Story

Director James Cameron’s smug and biased attacks on corporations and America got old back in the ’80s and ’90s. I doubted that his first film in a decade had anything new to say, so I decided not to watch it at the theater but instead, to wait until it was released on DVD. It was time to see if Cameron, now in his semi-retirement, had finally grown up. Having watched the film, I can now safely say that “Avatar” is a gigantic, annoying, beautiful, overlong, loving and — at the same time — hateful film.

If a key ingredient to great filmmaking is to submerge the audience into a new, alternative world, then Cameron has executed this in a breathtaking and commendable way. In this respect, “Avatar” truly is mind-blowing. It is no exaggeration to say that the technical wizardry of the first ninety minutes is mesmerizing. Additionally, it is clear that every single dollar of the $400 million budget ended up on the screen.

I could forgive Cameron for the film not having much of a story. Jake Sully, a paraplegic played by Sam Worthington, is given an avatar of the Na’vi, a native culture on the planet Pandora. He is sent to study the species — at least that is the official story. In reality, however, Sully is working for the military and an entity known as “the Corporation.” He feeds them information so that they can exploit the planet and steal the precious energy source known as “Unobtanium.” It is clear why movie critics have never accused Cameron of subtlety.

Despite these conspiracies being typical of this filmmaker, one can enjoy the first ninety minutes if one realizes that it is not as much a film as it is an ode to nature. Cameron clearly cares passionately for the environment. He wants to connect to it both physically (the Na’vi use this fluffy-plug type thing on the end of their braids) and spiritually. Whether one agrees with Cameron’s position or not is irrelevant in so far as one can at least appreciate his heartfelt love for nature, of which every single scene is a testament.

While this love is Cameron’s main strength, it is also his downfall. After the mesmerizing first half, “Avatar” drastically shifts gears as Cameron suddenly goes from love of nature to hatred of her alleged oppressors — i.e. Cameron’s audience. It quickly becomes clear that his greatest passion is hate: of the supposed evils of Western civilization (in other words, of the white man), of the U.S. military and, of course, of capitalistic/corporate greed. As with that other neo-communist auteur, Michael Moore, hypocrisy is ever present: “Avatar” is a screed of hate against capitalism, while the director himself is one of its most fortunate beneficiaries.

The main problem with Cameron’s ideology is that he sees Western civilization as inherently evil. The premise of the film is that if a planet like Pandora existed — where peaceful humanoids live in harmony with nature — Westerners (and especially Americans) would destroy it in their quest for material wealth. As a Canadian, I must admit that I have far more faith in my American neighbors, who are the most inclusive and tolerant people on our planet.

In Cameron’s universe, it is not just America, but the white man who is evil. This is best exemplified in “Avatar” by Colonel Quaritch (Steven Lang), who is a brutish xenophobe with a deep-seated hatred for nature. This theme comes back throughout the film, but nowhere more so than near its conclusion when the Colonel first brutally and fatally stabs a dog-like creature, and then attacks Jake (as the Na’vi avatar), whom he considers a traitor to his race.

Meanwhile, Cameron constantly points out that the Na’vi are connected to the land on which they live. We’re hammered with how the Na’vi are a species connected to the land. They are peaceful warriors and an example for us mere humans. They are wholly good, and we are completely bad. Because the last hour becomes as preachy as a priest at his fiery pulpit, the film ground to a halt. Certainly, there were explosions and the Na’vi are murdered in extraordinary and spectacular fashion, but beyond saying that white people are genocidal mass murderers, there is no story left to tell.

Ironically– an irony apparently lost on Cameron — the Na’vi’s great savior ends up being none other than the white man himself, Sam Worthington.

I felt empty when “Avatar” ended. It was as if I had witnessed an angry man’s vision of the world, a man who fails to see joy in a child’s smile, but who sees conspiracies around every corner. He is a man who sees his fellow neighbor as evil personified.

“Avatar” proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Cameron is not much of a man. He is a child on a never-ending temper tantrum. Like all members of his extreme political faith, he lives in a fairy tale world, and so it causes rage when that carefully constructed vision of how things should be doesn’t translate into reality. Perhaps this explains why he’s known to be a tyrant himself and why he’s had four failed marriages.

When all is said and done, “Avatar” is more about a man projecting his own self-hatred and self-loathing onto the screen than anything else. It’s all about Cameron, the man who doesn’t trust corporations, who claims that Western culture is ugly, racist and greedy. Yet, at the same time, Cameron is the man behind “Avatar’s” stunning box office records and its release on DVD and Blu Ray which made him even richer than he already was.

As an aside, there is a reason why the DVD has no special features and why the Blu Ray, while slightly better, only has the bare minimum: they are planning to release a special edition of “Avatar” shortly before Christmas. This edition will have all the features we missed the first time around. And Cameron, corporations’ main critic, knows full well that fans of his films will buy this second edition as well, which means he will make double his profit. In other words, if he wants a conspiracy, he should look in the mirror.

Cameron’s delusions are, in the end, just that — delusions. Since he will not be satisfied by his childish temper tantrum in “Avatar,” audiences worldwide should brace for more of the same from him — coming soon, to a theater near you.

Peter Sheldrick is a screenwriter living in Toronto.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Doggwood Doggwood

    I skipped Avatard (ha!) because the trailer made it obvious enough it was a message movie that was going to pummel you with a position that was essentially political. It's the characters that draw me into films, not the special effects and certainly not the politics (even if I agree with the political sentiment). In true art, the plot is driven by the characters, and not the other way around.

  • jrambo

    While hippies can be fairly accused of going too far with their guilt about the 'original sin' e.g. on illegal immigration, Islamic etc.; you are guilty of the same hyper-sensitivity in the other direction.

    Only two generations ago western imperialism ruled the world and like all 'rules' it was by force – there were genocides and slave trade in Asia and Africa and Americas.

    Also white men were NOT the only people in history to conquer and enslave natives. There were other imperialistic societies – Arab Muslims, Turks and Genghis Khans of the world plundered and destroyed numerous indigenous/pagan cultures. In fact if you were to match genocide to genocide, White man's brutality pales in comparison to Muslim conquests.

    But your egocentric rant above totally ignores the 'other side' of the story which is common through all these conflicts i.e. how did the conquered view these invaders, whatever their motives.

    Avatar is an artistic depiction of these conflicts from the point of view of the natives and it does an awesome job. It's hardly the most exhilarating story but again reality was much more horrific than showed in the movie.

    If you are white and hate to admit shame about your forefathers' generation, well then get over it – no one is asking you to. But then that's the way history happened whether you like it or not and you don't get to white wash it.

    Gandhi when asked about his thoughts on the western civilization said 'It would be a good idea!'.

    To summarize – grow up.

    • http://www.suburbanvoice.com MDCragg

      Your stance is obviously one that is hopelessly mired in leftist anti-American propaganda. America did not "conquer" nations a couple generations ago. We liberated nations a couple generations ago. The nations in this world then and now with poor standards of living are those nations who have largely been opposed to the United States and the "west" because they have pursued the disastrous ideologies of communism, strong-man governments, theocracy, etc.

      You really should get some psychiatric help to identify what it is that drives you to this delusional effort to blame everything on America. Click here and begin the healing process: http://find-a-psychiatrist.com/.

      • Jim C.

        Says a lot about your cognitive skill in your misreading of his post.

        He speaks of "Western" imperialism. A historical FACT.

        He speaks of other forms of non-Western imperialism that were probably worse–but of course you didn't pick up on that.

        He then goes on to explain the movie as a story about imperialism, in general, from the native perspective–which is what it is. Then he correctly calls the author's take on it hyper-sensitive and egocentric–why? Because the author of the article chooses to interpret the movie as an attack on his own "values," values which, I suppose we're supposed to conclude, include imperial conquest and irresponsible environmental plunder.

        In short–he's long on facts, while you are an emotional basket case. Re-read.

      • Jim C.

        Says a lot about your cognitive skill in your misreading of his post.

        He speaks of "Western" imperialism. A historical FACT.

        He speaks of other forms of non-Western imperialism that were probably worse–but of course you didn't pick up on that.

        He then goes on to explain the movie as a story about imperialism, in general, from the native perspective–which is what it is. Then he correctly calls the author's take on it hyper-sensitive and egocentric–why? Because the author of the article chooses to interpret the movie as an attack on his own "values," values which, I suppose we're supposed to conclude, include imperial conquest and irresponsible environmental plunder.

        In short–he's long on facts, while you are an emotional basket case. Re-read.

      • brian

        You seem to eqwuate the US with the far right…that is where govt serves the corporate interest and not the people…AVATAR shows us what those corporations can be like, that you think govts should serve.
        The US like any imperialism attacks competing ideologies, and removes democracies when these get in the way of their own interests….Iran 1953….

        • coyote3

          Gee, yo espero que si.

  • pook

    It's far from a story of "hate". The opposite is true. The 'message' is a sound one whether we in the western world want to hear it or not.

    It's not about shame, but about respecting differences.

    Your take on Avatar can be added to all of the other detractors who have simply missed the point.

    In Avatar, love is blind to colour, creed, religion, and even height or mobility. And it is true, that everything is connected.

    As an avid film goer, Avatar, has become one of my all time, favorites. It's a spectacular film with an eternal theme told in a completely different way. I'm all for it, and I await the second one with anticipation.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Doggwood Doggwood

    I skipped Avatard (ha!) because the trailer made it obvious enough it was a message movie that was going to pummel you with a position that was essentially political. It's the characters that draw me into films, not the special effects and certainly not the politics (even if I agree with the political sentiment). In true art, the plot is driven by the characters, and not the other way around.

  • brian

    AVATAR rightly skewers the military industrial complex in its nighmarish vision of planetary rape, and amnages to allude to americas wars of terror.
    AVATAR is a wonderful, and its ironic that media mogul Rupert Murdoch helped finance .

    • http://www.brightbow.com MDCragg

      Obviously "brian" has been hopelessly brainwashed by the leftist propaganda we have been soaked in for a couple generations.

      Move to Cuba brian.

      • beian

        id love to see Cuban ideas move here! Like free health care…You may want to move to Cuba when US becomes uninhabitable

        • interventor

          Cuba is one of the most racist of societies. When Castro overthrew Batista, a black man, he was hailed by the Spanish press as a great white hope. Despite the large number of blacks in Cuba, few may be found in the upper governing ranks. However, many blacks may be found among those protesting the Castro regime. Unfortunately, they may be found in one of the hundreds of prisons in Cuba. Pre-Castro, there were about 12 prisons.

          • brian

            Batista, the notoriouis dictator was overthrown by the cuban people. Evenm the americans were glad to see him go. Batista turned his country into a corrupt haven for the american mafia, like Lansky…When the cuba heroes ,launched their revolution they had the backing of the people, and Batista fled.Good riddance.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

          Beian, are you merely Brian who mispelled his screen name?

          However, "beian" (or Brian), the Cuban model of healthcare is what Obama and his thugs in Congress used for America. You may well see your wish come true in 2014. My advice, stay healthy …

          • trickyblain

            Really? Based on Cuban healthcare? It's almost exaclty the same system that Romney instituted in Mass. It's almost exaclty the same system proposed by Republicans in reponse to Clinton's plan in the '90s. It gives insurance companies more business (which is why you see thier stocks rising). If the gov't was "taking over health care" you'd see the opposite.

            Cuban Health care. That's funny. What's even funnier is that you never hear opponents call it "Israeli" health care (which is, actually, run very much like Cuban health care). It has to be a "bad" country that you compare Obama to.

          • trickyblain

            Really? Based on Cuban healthcare? It's almost exaclty the same system that Romney instituted in Mass. It's almost exaclty the same system proposed by Republicans in reponse to Clinton's plan in the '90s. It gives insurance companies more business (which is why you see thier stocks rising). If the gov't was "taking over health care" you'd see the opposite.

            Cuban Health care. That's funny. What's even funnier is that you never hear opponents call it "Israeli" health care (which is, actually, run very much like Cuban health care). It has to be a "bad" country that you compare Obama to.

          • brian

            youre joking? Obamas 'health care' has no relation to Cubas . Cuba is free and available to the people regardles of colour etc
            here is Michael Moore on US ideas of health care: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKciAl1-rQ8

          • brian

            youre joking? Obamas 'health care' has no relation to Cubas . Cuba is free and available to the people regardles of colour etc
            here is Michael Moore on US ideas of health care: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKciAl1-rQ8

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

          LMAO, nothing is free brian. Where did you get the silly idea anything is?

          • brian

            well, you americans like to prate on about freedom…now you say theres no such thing! Theres more freedom in Cuba than in the US: esp free health care.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

            You confuse freedom with no cost 'free'. Us Americans will be the first to tell you freedom isn't free. Nothing worth having is.

            Yea brian, that's why people try to tube from Cuba to the USA and your Canadian wealthy and government officials come here for quality care.

          • brian

            no you confuse freedom WITH free…freedom being free of govt oversight.
            yes freedom isnt free…its usually costs the earth!
            Noone in their right mind goes to US for quality care…they may go to Columbia!

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

            Nonsense brian, you were referring to cost. I just separated the two for you. Play dumb if you you wish.

            Did Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams decide to have his heart surgery in Columbia?

            cbc.ca/canada/…/2010/02/01/nl-williams-heart-201.html

          • brian

            Poor people cant afford heart surgery in canada or US,…but they could in Cuba….not that the power elite care for their fate

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

            As if the 'power elite' care in Cuba, or the average Cuban with heart trouble will ever see heart medicine, much less a heart surgeon.

          • rick james

            hold my drink bitch

    • Cheyenne1961

      come on man…

    • Carlos

      You know what…? If it's not the Americans raping everyone then it would be another race. Give me a Fn break people. Power corrupts completely. Who ever has the most power does stupid sh*t. If the Middle East had all the power then all our women would be slaves…and maybe some of you like that but that is beside the point. Don't blame America…blame human nature. Are you all just idiots?

    • Carlos

      You know what…? If it's not the Americans raping everyone then it would be another race. Give me a Fn break people. Power corrupts completely. Who ever has the most power does stupid sh*t. If the Middle East had all the power then all our women would be slaves…and maybe some of you like that but that is beside the point. Don't blame America…blame human nature. Are you all just idiots?

  • http://theunknownamerican.blogspot.com theunknownamerican

    I hoped the giant blue men would get sold off in slavery in the end.

  • jrambo

    While hippies can be fairly accused of going too far with their guilt about the 'original sin' e.g. on illegal immigration, Islamic etc.; you are guilty of the same hyper-sensitivity in the other direction.

    Only two generations ago western imperialism ruled the world and like all 'rules' it was by force – there were genocides and slave trade in Asia and Africa and Americas.

    Also white men were NOT the only people in history to conquer and enslave natives. There were other imperialistic societies – Arab Muslims, Turks and Genghis Khans of the world plundered and destroyed numerous indigenous/pagan cultures. In fact if you were to match genocide to genocide, White man's brutality pales in comparison to Muslim conquests.

    But your egocentric rant above totally ignores the 'other side' of the story which is common through all these conflicts i.e. how did the conquered view these invaders, whatever their motives.

    Avatar is an artistic depiction of these conflicts from the point of view of the natives and it does an awesome job. It's hardly the most exhilarating story but again reality was much more horrific than showed in the movie.

    If you are white and hate to admit shame about your forefathers' generation, well then get over it – no one is asking you to. But then that's the way history happened whether you like it or not and you don't get to white wash it.

    Gandhi when asked about his thoughts on the western civilization said 'It would be a good idea!'.

    To summarize – grow up.

  • pook

    It's far from a story of "hate". The opposite is true. The 'message' is a sound one whether we in the western world want to hear it or not.

    It's not about shame, but about respecting differences.

    Your take on Avatar can be added to all of the other detractors who have simply missed the point.

    In Avatar, love is blind to colour, creed, religion, and even height or mobility. And it is true, that everything is connected.

    As an avid film goer, Avatar, has become one of my all time, favorites. It's a spectacular film with an eternal theme told in a completely different way. I'm all for it, and I await the second one with anticipation.

  • Scott

    I disagree with your opinion of Avatar. It was you, not Jim Cameron, who had bias. Jim wrote a worst case look at what Earth had become "a place with no green" and a company willing to use ruthless tactics to exploit resources.

    While the greenless Earth is a fantasy, abit one that if we are not more careful could become a reality, companies with bad leadership do horrible things all the time for the sake of profit. Just today Johnson and Johnson was issued a scathing report and recall by the FDA over the horrible, intentional, disregard for safety making baby medication! These guys put making a buck higher in priority then your child's health! So don't go saying companies cant do what RDA did in a fantasy film. In the real world, those kinds of companies do much worse.

  • rishi

    You are a fuckin idiot,
    A moron of epic proportions and if the likes of you survive,I am assured that there will always be hatred and anger present."White man" blah blah blah…who cares jackass?
    Cameron did portray mankind as evil but the word MANKIND means humanity in general and not just some specific race,oh and Sam Worthington being white has nothing to do with him being cast as Jake-It was his "acting" that supposedly got the big C's attention….anyone in his place-black,white,blue would have saved the navi's regardless

    Grow up man,ever heard of cosmopolitanism?
    BE A LIBERAL and think rational

  • http://www.avatar-forums.com Tak'Tukàl

    Agreeing with jrambo, I have to say that there is a lot you did not consider. True, while the white man may be the most predominant in today's world, it is not just the one man who is evil, but all who are. Look around you, and you'll see that crime isn't limited to only white men. But I will also say that not every man is evil, there are the good ones out there.

    As to your faith in your American neighbors? As one of them myself I can say that you need to open your eyes and learn how to see. We aren't in Iraq for Al-queda, we're there for an attempt to attain cheap oil because the few incredibly intelligent people in this world are protecting Alaska from oil companies.

    Equally, AVATAR does not focus solely on the anti-westerner/anti-military approach, it focuses on the fact that we are doing the same thing to our planet. If you've ever seen a strip mine, you know how awful they are, gigantic rips in the earth's surface that may go deeper than the Grand Canyon.

    Consider these things next time you critique JC.

  • http://www.avatar-forums.com Tak'Tukàl

    Agreeing with jrambo, I have to say that there is a lot you did not consider. True, while the white man may be the most predominant in today's world, it is not just the one man who is evil, but all who are. Look around you, and you'll see that crime isn't limited to only white men. But I will also say that not every man is evil, there are the good ones out there.

    As to your faith in your American neighbors? As one of them myself I can say that you need to open your eyes and learn how to see. We aren't in Iraq for Al-queda, we're there for an attempt to attain cheap oil because the few incredibly intelligent people in this world are protecting Alaska from oil companies.

    Equally, AVATAR does not focus solely on the anti-westerner/anti-military approach, it focuses on the fact that we are doing the same thing to our planet. If you've ever seen a strip mine, you know how awful they are, gigantic rips in the earth's surface that may go deeper than the Grand Canyon.

    Consider these things next time you critique JC.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

      "We aren't in Iraq for Al-queda, we're there for an attempt to attain cheap oil …"

      I have heard this before and have never understood it. How does our military presence in Iraq translate to cheap oil for America?

      As an American citizen who owns no oil stock I don't give a rat's a$$ who drills oil in Iraq. Whoever owns it or drills it will not materially change what I pay for oil or gas.

      • Jim C.

        …but we're still not in Iraq for Al Qaeda, either.

      • Jim C.

        …but we're still not in Iraq for Al Qaeda, either.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

          No, but what a great bonus!!

          • http://www.avatar-forums.com Tak'Tukàl

            OK, then, Mr. Inquisitor, what about the rest of the points I made? Do you imagine me evil because I am a white person? Most likely not. The fact of the matter is that the white race is considered by many the most common in the world, not that I agree with the remark.

            In terms of ratios, many American made movies are cast with white people being the stars. Who do you believe is known more world-wide, Tyler Perry or Leonardo DiCaprio? Whoopee Goldberg or Jessica Alba?

            The human race AS A WHOLE is in dire straights and just because one movie happened to have a white guy as an extremist villain, it doesn't mean that the movie is taking a direct shot at the white race. Saying that is like saying a black joke in front of Michael Jordan.

            While I am sure your review is candid, I believe that you are refusing to admit that you have a bias against JC that is affecting your thoughts. The above report hardly has a second side to it, and mainly focuses on the 'bad points'. If you were any good, you wouldn't be doing that, you'd be hitting both sides equally and then deciding from there which has the most support.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

            Hollywood has been making movies with an anti-capitalistic bias for over seventy years, and I don't give a hoot about this particular one or the rest of your comments.

            The point of my comment was to get you to stop repeating nonsense you heard which has no basis in fact.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

            Hollywood has been making movies with an anti-capitalistic bias for over seventy years, and I don't give a hoot about this particular one or the rest of your comments.

            The point of my comment was to get you to stop repeating nonsense you heard which has no basis in fact.

          • http://www.avatar-forums.com Tak'Tukàl

            OK, then, Mr. Inquisitor, what about the rest of the points I made? Do you imagine me evil because I am a white person? Most likely not. The fact of the matter is that the white race is considered by many the most common in the world, not that I agree with the remark.

            In terms of ratios, many American made movies are cast with white people being the stars. Who do you believe is known more world-wide, Tyler Perry or Leonardo DiCaprio? Whoopee Goldberg or Jessica Alba?

            The human race AS A WHOLE is in dire straights and just because one movie happened to have a white guy as an extremist villain, it doesn't mean that the movie is taking a direct shot at the white race. Saying that is like saying a black joke in front of Michael Jordan.

            While I am sure your review is candid, I believe that you are refusing to admit that you have a bias against JC that is affecting your thoughts. The above report hardly has a second side to it, and mainly focuses on the 'bad points'. If you were any good, you wouldn't be doing that, you'd be hitting both sides equally and then deciding from there which has the most support.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/The_Inquisitor The_Inquisitor

      "We aren't in Iraq for Al-queda, we're there for an attempt to attain cheap oil …"

      I have heard this before and have never understood it. How does our military presence in Iraq translate to cheap oil for America?

      As an American citizen who owns no oil stock I don't give a rat's a$$ who drills oil in Iraq. Whoever owns it or drills it will not materially change what I pay for oil or gas.

    • JSM

      waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Strip mines are giant rips in the earths surface. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

      Boo hoo. So are volcanos. So are asteroid craters. Why don't you stop your whining and give up all the material things you use thanks to those strip mines. Put on your fig leaf and join the Na'vi (Smurfs) in the while with your bow and arrow and enjoy your incoherent ideology out in the wild. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  • Chris

    This is a terrible article written by a journalist who has hatred towards Cameron.

    There is a reason why this movie became #1 of all time.

    • Guest123

      Yes, and that reason is dumb assed son of a bitches like you. stupid piece of shit.

      • brian

        that minki rant does not show you to be any mental giant…AVATARs populariy is due to itsmessage, which can only offend the greedy shareholder types

    • JSM

      The same reason why McDonalds is the biggest restaurant of all time. The average person has zero sophistication and thrives on junk.

      • brian

        And so your above average, a man of taste?
        Well, AVATAR has proven itself around the world, in every country its been shown in…its haters are those who found its anti-corporate pro-mother earth message offensive to their greedy sensibilities

  • Jessica

    "hateful" is a bit strong of a word, but it definitely was preaching an ideological message. beyond that, the movie was boring and stupid. i felt like my IQ was dropping every moment i sat in the seat watching it. a twelve-year-old could have written that script. it was truly awful.

  • MF Ogilvie

    "Avatar" should have been subtitled "Dances With Smurfs."

    • troll

      you are going to get raped by the christmas critters

  • Shatner

    Is there nothing better to approach with a political eye than a movie? Seriously? Its mass entertainment. Take aim at something that matters, why expend your political energy by attacking a strawman? You should worry more about congress.

    In the end, its JUST A MOVIE. Watch it, enjoy it, and then go home.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Stephen_Brady Stephen_Brady

      I probably will never watch Avatar. However, you have a good point about movies.

      As long as we are aware of the bias of filmmakers, we're in no danger of being propagandized into eco-communists. I've watched "The Day After Tomorrow" a number of times, and find it to be a wonderful disaster movie. I laugh at the "message" of the movie, and of the Dick Cheney lookalike who is "humbled" by nature, in the end.

      I can watch a movie for the simple enjoyment of the action. Heck, I might even enjoy Stephen Lang stabbing the dog-like creature! But I've watched too much of Cameron's tripe … a man who really isn't that good of a writer … to spend good money of one of his DVDs.

    • JSM

      Would you agree if it was a movie that whitewashed nazi crimes and made hitler out to be a sympathetic character, made by a director/writer with known Nazi sympathies?

      Of course not. If it's just a movie, you don't mind us ridiculing it then.

    • JSM

      Would you agree if it was a movie that whitewashed nazi crimes and made hitler out to be a sympathetic character, made by a director/writer with known Nazi sympathies?

      Of course not. If it's just a movie, you don't mind us ridiculing it then.

  • Jason

    This reviewer is an idiot.

    Jake doesn't save the day, Neytiri does.

  • Jason

    This reviewer is an idiot.

    Jake doesn't save the day, Neytiri does.

  • Jason

    This reviewer is an idiot.

    Jake doesn't save the day, Neytiri does.

  • Scott

    I disagree with your opinion of Avatar. It was you, not Jim Cameron, who had bias. Jim wrote a worst case look at what Earth had become "a place with no green" and a company willing to use ruthless tactics to exploit resources.

    While the greenless Earth is a fantasy, abit one that if we are not more careful could become a reality, companies with bad leadership do horrible things all the time for the sake of profit. Just today Johnson and Johnson was issued a scathing report and recall by the FDA over the horrible, intentional, disregard for safety making baby medication! These guys put making a buck higher in priority then your child's health! So don't go saying companies cant do what RDA did in a fantasy film. In the real world, those kinds of companies do much worse.

  • rishi

    You are a fuckin idiot,
    A moron of epic proportions and if the likes of you survive,I am assured that there will always be hatred and anger present."White man" blah blah blah…who cares jackass?
    Cameron did portray mankind as evil but the word MANKIND means humanity in general and not just some specific race,oh and Sam Worthington being white has nothing to do with him being cast as Jake-It was his "acting" that supposedly got the big C's attention….anyone in his place-black,white,blue would have saved the navi's regardless

    Grow up man,ever heard of cosmopolitanism?
    BE A LIBERAL and think rational

  • trickyblain

    Picking up on some jealousy from a "screenwriter" nobody here has ever heard of. What the hell does Cameron's four marriages have to do with this movie?

    And it's very annoying for to see a Canadian suck up to "America" (i.e., Horowitz) in order to get something – anything – published. Even if it is a nonpaid revew of a movie that was released months ago.

  • BeastOfBashan

    I saw the film on the big screen a few weeks ago, and I have to agree with your assessment. It is a hateful film with all the hallmarks of a leftist liberal who is bent on destroying it in his pitiful mind, because he knows it cannot be done in reality.

    I was visiting NYC the last few days and I couldn't but sense the pride the people of NY has in their city, their country, its institutions and its protectorates. It doesn't matter if you are a Chinese, a Cuban, a Jew, an Afro American; they were all very proud Americans. I pity those who felt otherwise.

    My verdict of the film? Yeah, its fun to watch but annoying story line, which doesn't even fit with the future event portrayed in the film (another of Cameron's not-so subtle ploy).

  • orbit

    Avatar fails not just from the obvious preachy politically correct enviro-wacko point of view, but is not original at all! Go back and watch "Aliens" and notice that the Marine landing craft that takes Sigourney Weaver to LV426 is painfully similar to the Marine rotorcraft used in Avatar. Notice also that in the end of Avatar the Marine Colnel Quaritch battles the big blue hero using a exoskeletal battle machine. In Aliens Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is wearing a large cargo loader exoskeletal machine that also boosts her strength as she battles the alien queen.
    Cameron has the distinction of both being preachy and ripping himself off!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    I,too,have a far better opinion of the people of this country than Cameron does,and I'm native-born. It's good to know that not all foreigners share his opinions. As for his movie,I saw "The Princess and the Frog." I didn't see "Avatar." To be honest,I like "The Princess and the Frog" better. I liked it and history will prove me right.

  • voted against carter

    Thanks for the warning!! I was going to buy it the other day when I saw it in the checkout line an the store. I just could not make myself blow the $13.95. You have just REAFFIRMED my decision. You saved me the $15.00 and 2 hours wasted.

  • mkp

    Talk about somebody with extreme political views! I am sorry you did not like Avatar because it offended you as a white man, as a conservative, and as a capitalist.

    I think you got the message of Avatar correctly – it is a treatise against corruption (not capitalism), genocide, destruction of nature, sexism, and racism. All of which Western culture has done more than its fair share to spread throughout the world.

    What has actually propelled Avatar from being a good film to a Great film (with a capital “G”) is it’s ability to touch a nerve with a certain sub-set of the global population that might find its ideas about equality, native peoples rights, fairness in the marketplace, and protection of nature offensive.

    Your review actually put a smile on my face. Cameron has succeeded in what he set out to do. I just love that man!

  • Sylvie7

    I loved Avatar for its beauty and amazing effects, but got impatient with the stereotypical portrayal of the military. This one demensional portrayal is constantly repeated in Hollywood films. It's a bore. It stood out for me against the brilliant technology and visual effects. It disappointed me because I hadn't come to be preached to by someone who holds such simplistic PC perceptions of our world. Therefore, I was pleased to read that someone else was annoyed with it, even though I wouldn't go as far as the reviewer's too personal attacks.

    • carlos

      We are all a bunch of idiots. Power in humans destroys everything. History explains this. Anyone with complete control and power F's everything up. That is a truth. So try and explain your opinion in several paragraphs or novels…but in the end a simple sentence can summon up what humanity is…absolute power corrupts…absolutely. That is truth.

    • carlos

      We are all a bunch of idiots. Power in humans destroys everything. History explains this. Anyone with complete control and power F's everything up. That is a truth. So try and explain your opinion in several paragraphs or novels…but in the end a simple sentence can summon up what humanity is…absolute power corrupts…absolutely. That is truth.

  • Carlos

    I enjoyed the movie cuz I didn't read too much into it. Just a good vs. evil thing like all other movies. God…people give me a break. You have to much time to think about stupid stuff.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      I'm sorry, even with enough booze to black me out, I can't turn off my brain that completely.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    I'm glad I waited for someone else to buy it. Great visual effects, but lousy scifi, and another Hollywood unintentional farce. Unobtainium? A hunter gatherer warrior culture with no war? An aerial beast riding culture with no early warning network? An advanced military using those tactics? A star faring culture without an orbital presence or base? I've seen 6 shot riddled beer cans with fewer holes. At the end you could almost hear Ripley say, "We pull off, and nuke the site from orbit." From their portrayal of the humans, there wouldn't be an Avatar 2, unless they found a new planet, and a new intelligent race. I don't mind some inconsistencies and plot holes, or 'and then a miracle occurs' moments (technically any FTL scifi), but when there are too many (as in this movie), there's no chance of immersion, and I usually end up laughing at it and the makers. If it wasn't for Jessica Alba's voice, I probably would have turned off the sound.

    If they're going to go this route, they could at least (or most, I own some of his books) do an adaptation from the David Brin Sundowner Series. After seeing what they do to many books (not just scifi, it's a crap shoot with movies. Every now and then they'll get it right.

    Whoever does Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series right will make a mint, many of the best writers contributed to it (and I wouldn't doubt that's where George Lucas got the Death Star), and it explores what it is to be human like few others.

  • Sylvie7

    I loved Avatar for its beauty and amazing effects, but got impatient with the stereotypical portrayal of the military. This one demensional portrayal is constantly repeated in Hollywood films. It's a bore. It stood out for me against the brilliant technology and visual effects. It disappointed me because I hadn't come to be preached to by someone who holds such simplistic PC perceptions of our world. Therefore, I was pleased to read that someone else was annoyed with it, even though I wouldn't go as far as the reviewer's too personal attacks.

  • Carlos

    I enjoyed the movie cuz I didn't read too much into it. Just a good vs. evil thing like all other movies. God…people give me a break. You have to much time to think about stupid stuff.

  • JSM

    If Cameron loves the environment so much, he can dismantle his 9000 square foot house and trade down to maybe 2000 square feet (all that carbon to heat/cool it!), stop flying around in private jets, trade in all your cars for just 1 that gets decent milage, and give your fortune to the WWF.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    I'm glad I waited for someone else to buy it. Great visual effects, but lousy scifi, and another Hollywood unintentional farce. Unobtainium? A hunter gatherer warrior culture with no war? An aerial beast riding culture with no early warning network? An advanced military using those tactics? A star faring culture without an orbital presence or base? I've seen 6 shot riddled beer cans with fewer holes. At the end you could almost hear Ripley say, "We pull off, and nuke the site from orbit." From their portrayal of the humans, there wouldn't be an Avatar 2, unless they found a new planet, and a new intelligent race. I don't mind some inconsistencies and plot holes, or 'and then a miracle occurs' moments (technically any FTL scifi), but when there are too many (as in this movie), there's no chance of immersion, and I usually end up laughing at it and the makers. If it wasn't for Jessica Alba's voice, I probably would have turned off the sound.

    If they're going to go this route, they could at least (or most, I own some of his books) do an adaptation from the David Brin Sundowner Series. After seeing what they do to many books (not just scifi, it's a crap shoot with movies. Every now and then they'll get it right.

    Whoever does Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series right will make a mint, many of the best writers contributed to it (and I wouldn't doubt that's where George Lucas got the Death Star), and it explores what it is to be human like few others.

  • Dr. K. Fischer

    This transparent and puerile attack piece on James Cameron's Avatar is a prime example of a tour de force farce.

    The piece is so full chock full of errors and blatant sleight of hand tricks that it would take too long to point them all out.

    Cameron is NOT "saying white people are genocidal mass murderers."

    NOR is the movie "about a man projecting his own self-hatred and self-loathing onto the screen" as you absurdly claim.

    In fact, Cameron's forcefully delivers the EXACT OPPOSITE message.

    A child's review would be more insightful.

    Cameron is a humanist and believes, like Christ and all other major religions, that ALL humans start out intuitively connected to one another, and ultimately share a common destiny.

    What is ugly and evil in Cameron's world is NOT "the white man" but the "Greed is Good" Wall Street mantra/philosophy currently being embraced and preached around the planet. Cameron points out that the unbridled pursuit of greed for its own sake has a siren-like seductive effect, especially for those in leadership positions—along with inevitably disastrous consequences. Look around you Mr. Shylock: our political, corporate, and financial life are chock full of examples. Throughout history, when the blind pursuit of power and wealth are unshackled and embraced as "good," it signals the breakdown of trust in governments and the beginning of an inevitable decline in a nation state or civilization. When profit and "the ends justifies the means" is used as an excuse to routinely perform and explain away morally reprehensible actions, the entire human race and the environment suffers, while the wealthiest 1% of the planet pat themselves on the back over their spoils of victory, "legally" stolen from the rest. We need more people like James Cameron to remind us to turn back before its too late.

    Transparent hatchet jobs like this one are a waste of time and best relegated to the cutting room floor.

    You, sir, are a disgrace to your profession and your readership.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      The movie was a typical left wing hack job on corporations and the military, that shows little understanding of either (can you answer any of the questions in my earlier post?). That's why, as in this movie, they are almost always so extreme and two dimensional.

      As for your greed rant, you conspicuously left out the greediest entity known to man, government. Perhaps you should take the time to educate yourself to what the Founding Fathers and the shoulders they stood on said would be the downfall of the Republic they established.

      You Sir, are a pompous and over educated nincompoop. This is a web site, not an editing room.

      • brian

        how ironic as the US government is controled by lobby groups who source the same power elite…
        It greedy that is destroying your republic

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

          If the federal government didn't assume the power to make or break businesses or industries, there would be few to no lobbyists because there would be little to no use for them. Like I said, nothing is greedier or more destructive than government.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    The movie was a typical left wing hack job on corporations and the military, that shows little understanding of either (can you answer any of the questions in my earlier post?). That's why, as in this movie, they are almost always so extreme and two dimensional.

    As for your greed rant, you conspicuously left out the greediest entity known to man, government. Perhaps you should take the time to educate yourself to what the Founding Fathers and the shoulders they stood on said would be the downfall of the Republic they established.

    You Sir, are a pompous and over educated nincompoop. This is a web site, not an editing room.

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  • Chris

    A hate story? LOL You guys need to watch the movie again and get your facts straight. You obviously don't know how to watch a movie. There's no hate in Avatar. What are you guys smoking?

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