Jornal De Angola, Angola

Avatar Holds Out Hope for Something Better


"This union of humans and aliens comes a feeling that something better exists in the universe: the respect for life."


By Altino Matos


Translated By Brandi Miller


January 9, 2010


Jornal de Angola - Original Article (Portuguese)

Film maker James Cameron: What is he trying to say with Avatar? It's a question being asked around the world.



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The film Avatar by director James Cameron, which is conquering critics around the planet for its technical originality and undeniable success in theaters more than for the emotions triggered by its visual effects, poses a global problem: man's appetite for dominating the unknown at any cost.


This side of humanity, regarded by many people as a negative sentiment, is so present in our times that it's enough to take a quick glance at the existing political conflicts all around us. James Cameron, without directly addressing real life news, provides some perspective. It's as though he were enumerating the steps of global decision-making that lead to harmful practices.


The director created a virtual scene beyond anyone's imagination, which serves to demonstrate the Earth's intention to conquer another planet inhabited by aliens. The initiative of the earthlings is led by a group of scientists who, on the basis of science, seek to understand the habits and customs of the natives, as well as their strengths and mystical places.


The mission conceives of a most imaginable technique, which transfers the senses of some human beings into the bodies of the natives in a vain attempt to penetrate the heart of these people in order to persuade them to give up their land and glory.



That is where "Avatar" enters the scene - an ex-Marine from the U.S. Army who becomes involved in hostilities on an unknown planet inhabited by "aliens" with exotic forms. As he's an Avatar - a human mind in an alien body - he finds himself torn between two worlds in a desperate struggle for survival.


During the exploration, which is meant to penetrate the secrets of the natives' practices, the impatient army colonel in charge of overseeing the mission decides to abort the procedure and take the strange planet by force.


His decision doesn't sit well with the team of scientists. In addition to believing that things can be resolved peacefully, they warn that, on the other hand, there are the lives of innocent people to consider, including children, women and the elderly.


Naturally, the attack provokes the wrath of the scientists who, in the defense of innocent lives, decide to join with the natives to confront their compatriots.





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From the differences in context that it portrays to its tactical and technical accomplishments, the film is so penetrating that it's destined to be a symbol and reference point as one of the greatest achievements in cinematography, at least up to now.


The plot is very carefully laid out, with stunning locations, towering trees, winding paths and creatures right out of the times of the dinosaurs.


The indigenous people who encounter the humans complete the breathtaking scenery. The peculiar form of the aliens, with large eyes, ears similar to wolves, who are tall and very agile, impresses even the least passionate about the seventh art [cinema].


The changes that follow within the human mind as it leaps from one body to another, sometimes human and sometimes alien, is another triumph of the director, which reflects the disquiet of humanity about the origins of other species.


With this union of humans and aliens comes a feeling that something better exists in the universe: the respect for life. Above all, that is what James Cameronís film Avatar suggests.


The impact was achieved thanks to the creation of a camera that films the actors while it simultaneously sees the virtual scenery and characters. In this way, Cameron had much more on his hands than the usual green background, which has been the standard for productions of this genre. ††



Jim Gianopulos, co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, is calling for a miniaturization of the equipment currently being used to capture 3D images. These accessories will probably be in the hands of filmmakers within two years.


For Gianopulos, even if Avatar doesn't surpass its budget, it will be considered a revolutionary movie that will change the film industry.



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