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Old 12-21-2009, 01:51 AM   #286
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I can't believe some of you are saying there is not much they can do with a sequel.

It is called Avatar, we have humans on Pandora with Avatar labs and equipment. Perhaps we will see some reverse engineering with Nu vi Avatars infiltrating the humans. And of course the other humans will be back for the magic mineral.

After Terminator who would have guessed that T2 would have Arnold playing a good guy after dying in the first movie.
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I don't think anyone is saying there is no means for a sequel. As you said, there certainly is. I just don't think we're seeing anything like a unified Star Wars type saga out of this. I even brought up the T2 example myself earlier.
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So is watching this movie in 3D a must?
For me definitely. It's just so beautiful.

The theater I saw it it in is the one I usually go to and they have it in 2D. They almost always have the 2D option for 3D movies.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:11 AM   #289
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I think Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington signed on for two more Avatar movie...I forgot where I read that...
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After Terminator who would have guessed that T2 would have Arnold playing a good guy after dying in the first movie.
And that's one of the primary problems I have with T2.
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I hear you, but T2 was very successful, if I am not mistaken.

with these Avatars, the potential is almost limitless.
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I hear you, but T2 was very successful, if I am not mistaken.

with these Avatars, the potential is almost limitless.
I'd like to see them stick with the same characters. I think it would be disappointing to have only the theme of the avatars as the thread running through the series. Perhaps the next one could pick up years after this one, much like Aliens, only with a new crop of humans trying to reconnect with Sam. And then a bunch of explosions. Could be cool to see the remnants of the battle from this movie show up in the sequel. Perhaps the Na'vi have become more secretive and elusive. and also a bunch of flying dinos and explosions. I dunno, I just wouldnt want it to be a sequel only based on the Avatar technology without it being some sort of continuation of the same characters' stories
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Duncan Jones (director of Moon) on the film:

I that’s my concerned face. That’s how I feel after seeing Avatar. It’s not in my top three Jim Cameron films. Am I alone here?” … “at what point in the film did you have any doubt what was going to happen next? Or were you ever surprised how it happened?” … “and did you ever wonder to yourself why they didn’t just bombard shit from orbit?” … “Would have appreciated the barest bit of explanation for the floating mountain islands in Avatar… Pumice stone full of helium? Something!”

Kind of funny for a number of reasons.
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Yeah, the unexplained floating mountain thing was a weak spot.
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It's not exactly unexplained. It's all right there in the film, if not necessarily made explicit Those mountains are stuffed with a superconductor metal, the mineral they're there mining. The planet's magnetic field makes the stuff float. Which I suppose a lot of people might not catch on to, but I think that's why we're given more than a couple shots of Ribisi playing with his little piece of floating Unobtanium on the magnet.
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Lance, you so smart
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I took physics once, I think.
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It's not exactly unexplained. It's all right there in the film, if not necessarily made explicit Those mountains are stuffed with a superconductor metal, the mineral they're there mining. The planet's magnetic field makes the stuff float. Which I suppose a lot of people might not catch on to, but I think that's why we're given more than a couple shots of Ribisi playing with his little piece of floating Unobtanium on the magnet.
And that mineral is called Unobtanium. Can I repeat that? Fuckin' Unobtanium.

That's just a little pet peeve of mine, though. I did enjoy the film.

I think this movie lends credence to one of my favorite phrases: It's not what you say, it's how you say it. This film is beautiful. If you want to nit-pick you will most definitely find flaws but damn, it's really a sight to see.
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Cameron didn't invent the term, as it's been around for over 50 years, so it's not exactly some kind of idiotic writing choice. It's actually pretty amusing, considering:

Unobtainium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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^That was my only complaint about the movie really, as a slang or pejorative term 'unobtanium' would have been fine, but seriously they should have given it a better scientific name,

Hot damn though, who cares about some of the cardboard characters (this is James Cameron after all, what were you expecting?) there's no way to describe just how he lived up to his own hot-air hype, I was pretty much speechless the whole time, and I think I actually said 'whoa' out loud when they were doing the POV flying scenes. Granted he's cobbled together a number of influences, but he is certainly now the King of a whole new world, and he sucks you right in.

It should be interesting to see what other filmmakers do with his tech now, that's the only outside thing I was thinking about while watching it.

I'll catch it a few more times at least in IMAX, there's no way you can distill this down for 2D DVD and get the full experience, there's the source of the argument about it as a work of art, but who cares, anyone that's experienced it isn't likely to nitpick.

Hats off to WETA, the Oscar is yours, regardless of Academy politics. I'm thinking back to the week the trailer was released and District 9 came out and the naysayers were laughing and saying how the $30m wonder should win the effects awards and outgross Avatar, but it puts every cent of that budget on screen, I applaud D9 for other reasons.
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