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Nothing can seem to stop worldwide audiences' love of Cameron's sci-fi epic

While some may criticize it as unoriginal for parallels to past movies and literature, James Cameron's latest masterpiece, Avatar is a smash hit among critics and moviegoers alike. 

Fueled by strong sales of more expensive 3D movie tickets and fueled by a viral marketing campaign online and off, Avatar proved a triumph in a hit or miss market that's seen even veterans like Harrison Ford recently deliver painful flops.  If Avatar has one problem it's that it's having a hard time keeping up with international demand, as the film quickly raked in over $1B USD within only three weeks of its December 10, 2009 release.

From a tech and science standpoint Avatar is landmark success for 3D animation, marking the first time audiences have embraced (for the most part) emotive human-like 3D characters alongside living ones in a drama flick.  The animation pushes the boundaries of current work, as does the xenobiology featured in the film (Avatar hired a team of experienced biologists to help develop the flora and fauna of the fictional world of Na'vi).

Now Avatar is about to make history as it is expected today to become the highest grossing film ever, sinking the Titanic's record total of $1.843B USD.  What is particularly impressive is how quickly Avatar pulled in the total, reaching $1.841B USD over the weekend, after only six weeks in theaters, and less than that in some foreign markets. 

In many countries, Avatar has become the top grossing U.S. film in their history, and even among their total top grossing films -- a remarkable achievement in countries with strong film industries like France.  Internationally the film has earned $1.288B USD, despite getting a bumped from China's standard theaters for a new Chow Yun Fat epic about the Chinese philosopher Confucius (Avatar continues to play in around 900 of China's 3D theaters).

Even as Avatar rolls towards the epic mark of becoming the first movie to break $2B USD, Cameron has announced that two sequels are in the works.  Considering Fox may have spent more than $300M USD on the film, that's great news for the 3D animation industry.

With its success, Avatar has drawn some backlash.  The U.S. Marine Corps disliked the unflattering depiction of the mercenary marine army whose leadership was corrupted by greed and bloodlust.  Others loved Avatar so much that they reported depression and suicidal thoughts out of regret they could not live in the movie's fantasy world.  And still others have complained of the film being too similar to past work, varying from Pocahontas (first popularized to the masses by the 19th century burlesque The Gentle Savage) to Braveheart.

Critics, for the most part, have been deaf to such criticism.  They rewarded Avatar with awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director and the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

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RE: pointless comparison
By StevoLincolnite on 1/25/2010 12:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
All they needed was a "Giant fricken moon laser!" - and it would have been better. :P

RE: pointless comparison
By geddarkstorm on 1/25/2010 1:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
Orbital bombardment would have solved all their problems, and the length of the movie.

RE: pointless comparison
By Souka on 1/25/2010 1:35:08 PM , Rating: 2
Or how about something other than minimal armanments?

You can't tell me with such a valuable mineral, interstellar travel, such advanced genetics, and advanced VR technology (ability to control the man-made Navi), that they didn't have more than a few light aircraft, lightly armed aircraft, and a few mechs.

Okok, sure they didn't expect the trouble... but it would seem quite obvious once things were going to be tough to fall back and call in more troops from Earth.... and as said before... carpet bomb the hell out of the Navi.

RE: pointless comparison
By Sillarra on 1/25/2010 8:10:44 PM , Rating: 2
It took 5 years in cryogenic sleep for Jake Sully to reach long do you think reinforcements will arrive even if they called it at the beginning of the movie?

RE: pointless comparison
By PresidentThomasJefferson on 1/25/2010 8:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
as explained in the MOvie's officia wikipedia/website: The Corporation signed a treaty with the world gov that prohibits orbital weapons in exchange for exclusive monopoly rights to mine the unobtanium (that powers their maglev trains)

It also takes 6 yrs 1-way to reach Pandora ...12 yrs round trip
The methane/toxic atmosphere also corrodes/damages most materials & the super intense magnetic flux interferes with most advanced electronics (that's why their targeting & sensors/electronics don't work at any range near those fields, as explained in the movie)

RE: pointless comparison
By whiskerwill on 1/25/2010 9:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
That all just fairly screams "plot device"

RE: pointless comparison
By delphinus100 on 1/26/2010 4:21:44 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it was. 'Mutara Nebula,' anyone?

(And understand, I still think ST-II was the best Trek movie...)

RE: pointless comparison
By Aloonatic on 1/27/2010 5:09:25 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, Unobtanium...

Was I the only person who laughed on hearing the name of the element that was causing all the friction, with memoires of Mega-lo-Maniac and the amusingly named elements in that game flooding back?

Also, why didn't they just simply the Slanted Mining Co (or whatever it was called) that Mr Burns used to steal the elementary schools oil in Who Shot Mr Burns? :D

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