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4 Reasons Why Avatar Will Own, Son!

All Hail Hanso, He Speaks on AVATAR!

By Hanso     December 17, 2009


4 Reasons Why Avatar Will Own, Son!
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James Cameron is leading the 3-D revolution and on December 18, 2009, he is going to show the world how it begins with his latest film Avatar.   If you have any fear or doubt about whether this film will live up to the hype surrounding it, don’t. Here are four reasons why Avatar will own, son!
 

4. The Last Time James Cameron Was Accused of Plagiarizing, the World Got Owned

James Cameron has been linked to lifting his upcoming Avatar film from a 1957 story titled “Call Me Joe” by Poul Anderson, a story that like Avatar, deals with an injured human using his mind to control an alien body in another planet. This isn’t the first time that James Cameron has been linked to taking aspects from someone else’s work. Back in the day, a writer by the name of Harlan Ellison sued Mr. Cameron for taking certain aspects from his work in the Outer Limits episodes “Soldier” and “Demon with a Glass Hand.” The James Cameron film in question by Mr. Ellison was The Terminator. This 1984 film ended up putting Cameron on the map and is an awesome film that not only spawned a multimedia franchise but also unleashed into the world a character that according to America’s Film Institute is one of the best villains and heroes of all time. If that wasn’t enough, the film had some quotable lines that Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger used to help him get elected as governor of California.
 
If history is any indication then it is safe to say that the world is set to be owned once again when Avatar drops this December and that in 20 years, the Avatar franchise will be ruined by McG, Sam Worthington will be running for Prime Minister of Australia using “This is OUR land!” as his campaign slogan and Joss Whedon will be offering $10,000 to acquire the Avatar film rights.
 

3. The Haters Hate On It With a Best Picture Winner?!

Clear sign Avatar will own? The haters have rallied around a best picture winner to hate on the film. Like the Chewbacca defense, that does not make sense.
 
The 1990 Kevin Costner film, Dances with Wolves is the film mentioned the most when cracking jokes at Avatar’s expense. Why that is being used and not something more recent like Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai, a film that accomplished considerably less than Dances with Wolves, is anyone’s guess. The Last Samurai also romanticizes a different culture, features a guy on foreign soil who goes native and then goes to battle against his own people like Sam Worthington’s character Jake Sully will do in Avatar.  
 
If you read internet user comments you will not find a single The Last Samurai in Space but you will find plenty “it’s Dances with Wolves in Space” or “it’s another Dances with Wolves”. People act like Dances with Wolves type films get made every single year. It’s been 19 years since Dances with Wolves was released and it seems some things were forgotten during that time span. Quick refresher,   Kevin Costner’s epic film not only nabbed a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar but it was also a financial success. The film was made on a budget of $22 million and while it was initially thought that it would flop, the film went on to gross $184 million stateside to go along with $240 million on the foreign markets, a success all around.
 
When people have to reach for a Best Picture Winner in order to hate on a film, then you know Avatar is going to be something special.
 

2. The Effects Will Blow Your Mind

The special effects for Avatar are so good that if Nicolas Cage was in the film his hair piece would look real. Amazing right? Well that’s the type of miracle James Cameron can accomplish with the new technology he created.
 
Avatar is meant to be seen in 3-D because it is this way that you will witness the true beauty of the planet Pandora and its inhabitants. After one minute of adjusting to the 3-D glasses you will feel like you are being magically transported to Pandora. James Cameron created the world of Pandora from scratch and by witnessing it in 3-D everything from the grass to the Na’vi will pop off the screen and look extremely beautiful. The trailers and TV spots have already shown the movie will cause visual orgasms; imagine how awesome it will be to spend time with Avatar for 161 minutes, the length of the film.
 
The planet of Pandora is no doubt a sight to be seen but it is with the Na’vi where the special effects of the film really shine. Robert Zemeckis’s latest films have featured CGI human characters that look really good but have an emptiness in their eyes which takes you out of the moment. It’s the sort of emptiness found behind Channing Tatum’s eyes when he attempts to act. James Cameron however seems to have finally gotten the eyes right as the Na’vi now look like they have some soul behind their eyes. This along with the motion capture performances he was able to get from his actors is what makes them look so real and set them apart from other CGI characters like Davy Jones and Jar Jar Binks. 
 
James Cameron was able to accomplish this due to three reasons. First he hooked up with Weta Digital. Weta is Peter Jackson’s special effects company and they are responsible for King Kong, Gollum and Orlando Bloom. Second, the motion performance capture cameras used for the film are able to capture 95 percent of the actor’s facial expression ensuring very little gets lost in translation from the actual performance to the big screen. And third, James Cameron created the technology for Avatar, it’s something called Reality Camera System. This system films in 3-D and uses two high definition cameras within a single camera to create better depth perception. What does that mean? It means it delivers something the likes of which the world has never seen.

1. The Return of the King

James Cameron has had more wives than Big Love’s Bill Henrickson and by some accounts he is also a douchebag to work with. The man is obviously not easy to get along with and maybe it’s due to his ego. The thing is you have to have a big ego to attempt the things he does and he expects everyone to be on the same page he is and work at the same elite level. It’s James Cameron’s ego, drive, determination, focus and attention to detail, along with the man’s creative brilliance which has led to a career in filmmaking that may be the equivalent of batting 1.000 in baseball. You would have to reach all the way back to 1981 to find a James Cameron misstep and even that turned out to be the “finest flying piranha movie ever made”. Actually even though Cameron is credited for directing Piranha 2: The Spawning, he really shouldn’t since he wasn’t allowed to cut his version of the film and the producer of the film pretty much messed with his vision a week into production.
 
So if you scratch that, you are looking at a timeline from 1984-1997 that looks like this: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies and Titanic. Look at that list and let it sink for a while.  It features classic sci-fi films, sequels better than the original, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last great film and a best picture winner. The guy not only directed those films but he also wrote them. It’s 100 percent his vision from page to screen.
 
It’s clear the man consistently delivers the goods each time out and now he’s waited 12 years to deliver again. Think about that for a second. Coming off the biggest blockbuster of all time, James Cameron had Hollywood by the balls which meant he could’ve gotten greenlit anything that he wanted and collected a huge paycheck. Cameron however decided to wait for the technology to get up to speed rather than sacrifice even 1 percent of the vision he had for the story he wanted to tell. Actually the technology didn’t get up to speed; James Cameron brought it up to speed by creating it. That’s how passionate he was for Avatar
 
The best films are made when passion, thought and care are put into them and it’s obvious Cameron has those bases covered so trust and believe that James Cameron’s Avatar will own and in December 18, 2009 the world will witness the return of the king.
 
 

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StarlightGuard 12/17/2009 4:46:13 AM

So...Hanso...yeah...

I gotta ask, who did you sleep with to be given this little article of yours?

:)

kwsupes 12/17/2009 5:02:41 AM

Good article Hanso, when I first saw this article I thought one of the guys at Mania stoled your catchphrase, glad to see that is not the case. 

tmswyrb 12/17/2009 5:33:02 AM

No matter how hard I try, I just cannot get myself psyched for this movie.  It looks campy and "B"-ish.  I am, however, a huge Cameron fan.  Except for Titanic, a movie clearly set to catch the women, they all pretty much are great pieces of art, as well extremely entertaining.  Good article Hanso.  You're one of the reasons that I come back daily to read the comments.  Now, Ironman 2 is a movie I'm already psyched for seeing, and we've only been allowed one trailer on it.  Ironman 2 will rule!!!

ripum853 12/17/2009 5:44:45 AM

Dances With Wolves sucked!  That's the point haha.  And it's an infamous Best Picture winner, since Goodfellas clearly should've won, just like The Hurt Locker should win this year!  Sure, it means great things for Avatar now, but undeserving and frowned upon in the future, like Titanic.

EagleManiac 12/17/2009 5:57:03 AM

Avatar may "rule", for a while, but when Iron Man 2 comes out, the box office will be ITS playground! And then there's TRON: Legacy! Those two movies are the ones I am most excited about! I will see Avatar, but I don't have as much excitement for it as these two movies.

TRON: Legacy is looking like a TRON fanboys wet dream! I personally haven't been this excited for a SEQUEL since Aliens! This might be one that I have to see opening day or in a midnight showing!!

Iron Man 2 is also one tht I am totsally stoked for. The first Iron Man was an instant "classic" for me, and was one of the few times in the last decade that I really got excited for a movie again. It kicked so much ass on The Dark Knight that I was surprised it didn't topple the over-blown behemoth.....I guess hype can win out at times. But, that's the way things go, sometimes. Maybe Iron Man 2 or TRON: Legacy will take Avatar to canvas and wollop it to submission! (Just razzing you Hanso!!!)

invisage 12/17/2009 6:09:10 AM

Got to watch it last night in IMAX 3D and it was friggin amazing. I have been trying not to let the hype get my expectations up but I must admit I couldnt wait for it to start up. The 3D effects are by far way and above any of the other 3D movies I have seen (not sure if it has to do with the 3D goggles you have to wear to watch it). James Cameron has truly brought to life a new world, some of the scenes were simply breath taking. What was most impressive is that the story/acting was there to match the visuals. Still cant believe I was swept up by blue cat people. And trust me, the na'vi interact so well with environments around them, you forget you are watching giant blue cat people very quickly. There were a few bits in the story near the end that were just a bit too convenient it was only a small thing. But 2 hours and 20 minutes and noe of dragged. Already forked out $120 to take my sisters kids to see it IMAX 3D (they will be talking about this movie to their kids!). $100  Million opening weekend easy

hanso 12/17/2009 6:23:20 AM

@ Starlight - I'll give you the short story.  I thought about trading sexual favors to the whole Mania.com staff.  Sure there is Ms. Perry in there but there is also Jarrod.  That's when I had to scratch my idea.  I then got the next best thing, couple of things actually.  1.  Compromising photos of Jarrod with a US Senator.  2  Video of Jarrod's boss soliciting prostitution and 3.  A voice messege linking Ms. Perry to Tiger Woods.  Needless to say, I got the article :)

@kwsupes, tmswryb - Thanks for the kind words.  Just cooked up something for the kids to enjoy and hopefully they do.

@ripum - No you suck!  I kid, I kid, no I don't , you suck!

@ Eagle - It's cool baby.  I'm looking forward to those movies myself but since Avatar is the only one opening tomorrow then that's the first to own.

@invisage - That's awesome that you liked it.  Can't wait to finally sit down with Avatar this weekend.

Wiseguy 12/17/2009 6:25:40 AM

IM2 and Tron2 are next year, hell I'm more excited about the Avengers movie but that's 2 years down the line at least. We're talking about now

If Cameron stole from other's work so what. Everyone is influenced or copies others. If anything Cameron will bring some recognition to these mostly forgotten works. Plus Cameron is like "hamburger helper" he makes everything better, period

Haters and naysayers willing to sit this out just to be contrarians will rue that decision for the rest of their lives as the rest of the world talks and raves about the experience, the coming of a new age and opening of new possibilities in film making.  This is one of those movies that watching in your home theater won't be the same. Not to have an open mind when it comes to sci/fi-adventure is beyond me, especially coming from people in this site

Bottom line is AVATAR will indeed OWN, SONS

monkeyfoot 12/17/2009 6:31:07 AM

Youdaman, Hanso! Great article that's fun but also tells a point with good backup.

Everybody's not going to like Avatar. As you pointed out, everbody doesn't like Dances With Wolves but it is a financial and critical success. Everybody doesn't like Titanic but it too is a financial and critical success. Also, everybody doesn't like LOTR but once again it is a financial and critical success. Same for TDK.

If after some of the critical praise, or the anticipated large B.O. or maybe even enthusiastic reviews from some of your friends you still have no desire to see it, it's perfectly fine. It's always better to drink the cup of tea you want then the one everyone keep insisting you drink.

therockdltj 12/17/2009 6:45:46 AM

I hope it does great but probably won't see it since the closest I-max theater is 3-4 hrs away and a pain to get to in the winter.

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