While I've only seen a handful of the works of James Cameron, I've been impressed, Alien was one of the few horror films that I've actually enjoyed and I've found his gift for realistic and impressive effects matched by his sharp writing and the inspiring acting he gets from his crew. Cameron must have lost something in those fifteen years, no more are the effects just a medium for presenting his vision, no more are the monsters a support for the plot. In Avatar, the roles were reversed, Cameron attempted to hide the flat writing and underwhelming acting underneath the (awe inspiring) graphics, and guess what, I didn't buy it. It seems funny that this script, supposedly so epic and ahead of its time, needed fifteen years for the technology to catch up to it, was the weakest part of the movie. You could take any plot, and throw this much money and talent at it, and you would've gotten a better film. Another thing is the disappointment in this film, the hero was flat, and you could see his development from the first ten seconds of trailer, which is totally retarded! This movie had three hours to work with him, and I still have to go to IMDB to remember his name. The villains were cartoony, yet the plot took its self so seriously I couldn't even enjoy it as a cheesy action flick. The few good performers were shuffled of to the side so we could enjoy more typecast pretty people talk in boring platitudes I've heard a thousand times before, a thousand times better. I know that nothing is truly original, but you can at least try. Cameron used to be the man people knocked off, now its the other way around, with Cameron stealing designs, plots and characters from himself and everybody else. I don't know if Cameron stopped trying or if he's run out of ideas. I did enjoy bits of the movie, but those good bits were far and few between, and the overall blegh of the film watered all the good parts into a thin gray mess. I for one never stopped smiling whenever Colonel Miles Quaritch was on the screen. Seriously, cast this guy in every movie that could feasibly have him, he'd make everything better. But the mustache twirling was ruined by the dull plot and boring as hell protagonist. This film does give me hope, for I now know that my dream movie adaptations of Metal Gear Solid and Warhammer 40 K can come to fruition.
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