Thursday, December 31, 2009


Origin: Sanskrit 'Avatar' Origin:1775–85; < Skt avatāra a passing down, equiv. to ava down + -tāra a passing over1. Hindu Mythology. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god. 2. an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.

OK People I saw Avatar and it was mind blowing in 3D IMAX, I loved the special effect s and it was a digital treat indeed. David, Sarah and I bundled ourselves at around 10:30 in the night to see this spectacular movie, all done it was 1'o clock in the morning, but the cold, snow and the chilly wind seemed worth it to see something really well done. Though it had some new age-y pagan/love nature/ save the planet themes coupled with oppressive American Govt. /White racial-native American exploitation messages; this was one movie that finally was successful in making an alien world completely different and believable. I thought to myself most of the movies are about alien encounters on earth or about some galaxy far-far away, this one to me was the most realistic in showing scale, flora and fauna of an untouched world . Avatar shows us glimpses of an indigenous alien life-form called the 'Navi' whose planetary resources the humans are trying to overtake. The science program creates 'avatar's' for humans to control a new humanoid species (a mixture of human and Navi DNA) with Navi exo-skeleton to interact with them and persuade a diplomatic solution. The marine in the plot becomes a turn-coat and helps the Navi fight the human race to protect their planet.

I am all for being a good steward of the environment and protecting the resources of our planet and treating other races equally along with the message of protecting the weak and stopping the evil forces, yet one needs to know the motive of our hearts and actions are judged by the one who knows all and has seen the parts we are to play or going to play. Just like Jake in the Avatar story has to make a decision in his heart to give the Navi a fighting chance and do the right thing (saving a race and stop the selfish greedy ambitions of the powerful), we are often at cross roads to fight for the right thing and time and again the stories reveal it is the weaker side, with very little hope of winning.

Avatar is a really cool movie, I highly recommend it.


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