Aroview: James Cameron’s record-shattering 3D epic is a woozy mix of allegory and special effects (developed at Wellington's Weta studios), set on a distant alien moon where warmongering humans have set up camp with the intention of pillaging its many resources.
A watershed blockbuster with the perfect companion storyline to its high-tech thrills, its wow-factor in cinemas largely revolved around its premise of a disabled marine (Worthington) using technology to enter into the mind and body of an alien creature, thus mirroring the immersive effects of the 3D goggles audiences were clamoring to experience. Minus the extra dimension, however, the film can no longer disguise its clunky action-movie conventions and heavy-handed thematic concerns (environmentalism, imperialism, and so forth). Still, as an out-and-out sci-fi adventure delivered by groundbreaking CGI, this promises pure, unadulterated escapism – even on the small screen.
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2 stars (Good Try) Despite Cameron's apparent 'game-changing' 3D environments (which is somewhat appealing in how vivid it is), the action inside his multi-planed world is painfully dragged out. The cast, flaccid; the symbolism, obvious; the themes, ethically dubious. ~Anon
2 stars (Good Try) It looks great but I'm not convinced by a film that feels recycled at best and at worst hammers home with all the subtlety of a brick the dangers of warmongering imperialism and man's destruction of the environment.~The Myrka