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{December 21, 2009}   James Cameron’s Avatar ~ Raising the Bars for Future Movies

James Cameron‘s new blockbuster, Avatar is on its way of setting records as this technically ambitioned movie is the first one to indulge the true potential of IMAX 3D. With stunning and ground breaking visual effects, explosive action, dauntless heroes and dastardly villains colliding in a classic, albeit overused, storyline, Avatar is what a Blockbuster should be. Released on December 18, 2009, Avatar is the most expensive movie of all time, with a production budget of $387 million.

According to Hollywood.com Box Office, Avatar has earned $73 million for an eye-popping weekend domestically, and a whopping $159.18 million internationally for a total worldwide weekend take of $232.18 million. The reported large budget for the film was obviously money well spent as the film is on its way to a potential of earning near billion dollars in global receipts.

James Cameron's Avatar

James Cameron's Avatar

Avatar has also been nominated for the Best Motion Picture – Drama, for Golden Globe Awards to be held on January 17th, 2010. The movie has gained a lot of popularity over past couple of months. Directed by James Cameron, this movie is expected to be something along the lines of “the future of movies.””67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” Along with raising the bars of IMAX 3D graphics and animation, this movie has also set new standards for future animated movies. James Cameron has also been nominated for Best Director- Motion Picture for his role in Avatar. Get excited for the which will be Live telecasted on NBC at 5 PM PST and 8 PM EST.

For better or worse, Jmaes Cameron has been quiet since the release of Titanic in 1997. Although the film went on to become the biggest hit in box office history – with a global take of $1.8 billion, but it presented the director with the problem of surpassing it with something even bigger, which took the shape of Avatar.

Avatar is a computer-effects-heavy 3-D space fantasy, about a disabled US Marine, Jake Sully, who is sent to Pandora, a moon of the distant Centauri star system, to find supplies of an energy-rich mineral, “Unobtainium“. Upon arrival, Jake discovers a world of beauty and innocence, populated by 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned beings called the Na’vi, whose peaceful existence humans proceed to rock.

This eco-minded epic is like nothing you have ever seen before. It’s digitally created sylvan world, Pandora, is straight out of your trippiest, most phantasmagorical dreams. Here, city-sized rock formations hang miles above the ground supported only by vines; seeds pulsate through the air like jellyfish; and the underwater plants glow like giants’ irises. And the fact that you can see whole things in razor-sharp 3D means that these images by turn envelop you and dance before your eyes.

The starring cast include Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Stephen Lang, Wes Studi, and Matt Gerald. The film enjoys a whopping 96% positive rating response among top critics on Rottentomatoes.com, a film review aggregator.

Above all, though, ‘Avatar’ is big-budget film of the most lovingly and imaginatively rendered kind. So, go and see it at the largest, loudest 3D cinema you can find, turn a blind eye to its shortcomings, and you’ll be in for a great holiday treat.

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