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Avatar is an epic science fiction film that was released in 2009. It was directed by James Cameron. Avatar takes place in the year 2154. In the movie, humans have greatly damaged Earth's atmosphere so much that hey have turned their attention towards Pandora. Pandora is a moon that has many natural resources that humans need to survive. They are beginning to harvest Pandora for its resources. Pandora is populated by the Na'vi people, who are tall, thin, blue creatures.

The humans have figured out how to inhabit Na'vi bodies as a way to explore Pandora. They operate them as if they were characters in a computer game, basically using them as avatars. One human, Jake Sully, is the main character. Jake is a paraplegic in real life and his avatar character is a bodyguard for scientists doing work on Pandora. One day, while protecting the scientists, he is attacked and then rescued by Neytiri. Neytiri is a beautiful female Na'vi.

Neytiri takes Jake to the Hometree, where the Na'vi live and she introduces him to the rest of the clan. Many of the Na'vi are suspicious of Jake but Neytiri believes in him. Over a period of three months, Jake and Neytiri begin to fall in love and they choose each other as life mates. The humans are furious at Jake for his betrayal and tell him they will give him legs again if he comes back to their base. Jake says no and the humans become furious, they try to kill him and destroy the Hometree. Jake disables their bulldozers and leads the Na'vi in defending themselves from the humans. Some of the Na'vi distrust Jake and they believe he is a spy. During all the fighting many Na'vi, including Neytiri's father, are killed. Jake prays to Eywa, a goddess, to help him save the Na'vi people. In the end, the humans are banished from Pandora and Jake becomes an Na'vi permanently.

Avatar is a visually arresting film and it is long, at 162 minutes. There is a lot of action and fighting as well as romance between Jake and Neytiri. It stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver.

| | 2 hr 42 min
Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez
James Cameron
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