Avatar (2009)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana

Crew: James Cameron (Director), Mauro Fiore (Director of Photography), James Horner (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 18 Dec 2009 (India)

Tagline: Return to Pandora

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as Jake Sully
as Neytiri
as Moat
as Troupe
as Dragon Gunship Gunner
Supporting Actor
as Troupe
as Dr. Max Patel
as Parker Selfridge
as Basketball Avatar
as Dragon Gunship Navigator
as Basketball Avatar / Troupe
as Shuttle Pilot
as Norm Spellman
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Ambient Room Tech / Troupe
as Tsu'tey
as Troupe
as Ambient Room Tech
as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Supporting Actor
as Trudy Chacon
as Shuttle Crew Chief
as Horse Clan Leader
as Venture Star Crew Chief
as Private Fike
as Shuttle Co-Pilot
as Grace
as Colonel Miles Quaritch
as Eytukan
as Ambient Room Tech / Troupe

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director

Production

Executive Producer
Associate Production Company
Associate Producer

Writers

Story Writer
Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director
Music Label

Art

Production Designer
Set Decorator
Assistant Art Director

Casting

Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Makeup and Hair

Special Effects

Special Effects Technician

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sonics-DDP, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Camera:
Sony CineAlta F23
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1
Stereoscopy:
Converted to 3D
Taglines:
Return to Pandora
Enter the World
Goofs:
Miscellaneous
In the first battle sequence, Jake is seen shooting his weapon upwards, towards a helicopter. However, in the next sequence, the helicopter is shown being hit, but the bullets are coming down, opposite from the direction Jake shot them.

Miscellaneous
In the nightclub scene on Earth when Jake is thrown out into the street, you can see his legs move and stiffen into a bent position in anticipation of landing on the ground.

Continuity
Jake Sully pulls a blanket over Grace Augustine in the scene where they are flying north in the mobile link-up trailer after Grace is shot and leaves it folded at the top.

Miscellaneous
In the scene where the Na'vi are attempting to move Grace from her human body to her Avatar body, after she has died and one of the Na'vi moves to check for life in her Avatar, you can see her eyes twitch even though she is supposed to be dead.

Factual Mistake
A large mining machine, a bucket wheel excavator, is seen during the shuttle landing sequence. It is shown operating incorrectly, with the descending part of the wheel against the rock.

Miscellaneous
The helicopter-like aircraft makes the sound of an ordinary helicopter - this is not correct: high-speed framed propellers produce an entirely different, quite unique buzz-like, smoother noise at a higher pitch.

Miscellaneous
When Selfridge lectures Grace in his office about the corporation's purpose on Pandora, he closes with the Spanish expression "Comprendo?".

Miscellaneous
The first part of the credits are shown over panoramic views of Pandora. Most of these shots are recycled from the movie, and reversed left to right to make it a bit less obvious.

Miscellaneous
When Jake's late brother, Tom, is uncovered, he's played by Sam Worthington. In the next shot of Tom being covered again it's clearly someone else.

Miscellaneous
In the scene where Jake lands on Pandora for the first time, when all other personnel have gotten off the transport ship it is revealed that Jake is paraplegic.

Miscellaneous
When Jake first tries to convince the Na'vi not to fight, and Tsu'tey shoves him, Tsu'tey's eyes are colorless and gray. In the scenes before and after this, however, his eyes are clearly yellow.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where Jake first meets Neytiri and is trying to thank her, he grabs her arm, however, the sound effect for grabbing her arm isn't in sync, as you can hear it a couple seconds before he does grab her arm.

Continuity
When Quaritch is scolding Jake for making out with a Na'vi, Jake moves his head to the right. In the immediate next angle, his head is straight.

Continuity
When connecting with the Mountain Banshee for the first time, Jake's hair switches from being over his right shoulder to being over his left between shots. (His hands are on the Banshee the whole time so he had no chance to change it.)

Continuity
When the colonel is in the robot asking Jake to report to him, in one scene a red disconnect flag is hanging off the robot's leg, but when the colonel starts to walk, the flag is gone.

Continuity
When Jake lands at the Tree of Souls, with Toruk. He has no dagger in the sheath on his chest. A few shots later, he has his dagger back. This is an impossibility as Jake lost his dagger earlier.

Continuity
As the dragon gunship takes off to join the formation for the finale battle it can be seen with a total of eight white missiles on eight weapon pylons; four on either side. Later on it only has four missiles on only four weapon pylons; two on either side.
Trivia:
The cigarette smoked by Sigourney Weaver is completely CGI.

James Cameron is known for being tough on set, allegedly kept a nail-gun on set that he would use to nail cell phones, that had the misfortune of ringing, to a wall above the exit sign.

Chris Pine had auditioned for the lead role and said that it was his worst audition ever.

The cap that Norm Spellman wears during his first trip into the Pandoran jungle has Braille symbols on it that represent "#1969", or "Number 1969", the year that humans first landed on the moon.

The book Grace picks up in the abandoned school is called 'The Lorax' by Dr. Seuss. Like the plot of the film the book is about a mystical forest full of beautiful trees and mystical creatures that are destroyed by man's lust for ever growing industry.

The first completely digitally shot movie to win the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

Jake's atrophied legs were prosthetic cast from the legs of a real paraplegic. Sam Worthington's real legs were tucked into the wheelchair and digitally removed in post-production.

The whooping and cackling sounds made by the wolf-like predators on Pandora are actually real spotted hyena calls.

Jake Sully's initials (J.S.) are the same as John Smith, a central figure in the historical and often romanticized story of Pocahontas.

In the scene where Jake Sully is in prison, his back is to the camera and you can see the back of his wheelchair. The brand of wheelchair he is in is "Grunt", which is another term for a Marine infantryman.

In the final battle sequence, Neytiri has a white hand print on her chest as part of her warpaint. It has five fingers, indicating that it is Jake's hand (avatars have five fingers while Na'vi only have four).

When Jake is examining his ponytail, Dr. Augustine states, "Don't play with that, you'll go blind." This is a common phrase that is taught to adolescent boys (referencing their genitalia) to discourage them from masturbating. It is revealed later in the film that the Na'vi use their ponytails to mate.

In early December 2005, a casting call for the female lead was posted on the website of Mali Finn Casting. It erroneously identified the movie as James Cameron's Battle Angel.

Michael Biehn was considered for the role of Col. Quaritch. James Cameron rejected him because he'd already cast Sigourney Weaver, and he didn't want people to think it was Aliens all over again.

Sigourney Weaver plays a James Cameron persona for her character in this film.

James Cameron originally planned to have the film completed for release in 1999. At the time, the special effects he wanted increased the budget to $400 million. No studio would fund the film, and it was shelved for eight years.

The movie is 40% live action and 60% photo-realistic CGI. A lot of motion capture technology was used for the CGI scenes.

James Cameron was convinced that CGI effects had progressed enough to make this film when he saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Promotional items were shipped to cinemas under the name "Project 880".

In the UK, the film was shipped in two parts, under the code name "Redbird". Reels 1-5 were delivered first; 6-10 came the following day.

Avatars have eyebrows and five digits per hand or foot while the Na'vi only have four and no eyebrows. The Avatars are also broader in the chest and arms, appearing more 'muscular'.

The Na'vi language was created entirely from scratch by linguist Paul R. Frommer. James Cameron hired him to construct a language that the actors could pronounce easily, but did not resemble any single human language. Frommer created about 1000 words.

Though he is not credited in the film, several locations look very similar to paintings by English surrealist Roger Dean, most notably his works "Floating Islands" and "Arches".

The actors playing the Na'vi had cameras attached to their head so that they filmed close-ups of their faces. Dots painted on their faces allowed motion-capture software to record their facial expressions, providing a 'framework' from which the CG artists worked.

"Unobtainium" is a humorous term used mainly in the aerospace industry.

Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal were the studio's first choice to play Jake Sully, but James Cameron decided to cast an unknown Sam Worthington in the lead role.

James Cameron's first directorial feature film since Titanic.

Each frame of the CGI scenes took an average of 47 hours to render.

The film reached the US$ 500 million dollar mark in just 32 days, beating The Dark Knight's previous record of 45 days. James Cameron's previous film, Titanic, took 98 days to reach the US$ 500 million dollar mark.

"Avatar" is Sanskrit for "incarnation". It is used extensively in Hindu scriptures to refer to human incarnations of God.

According to James Cameron, the Na'vi are blue to create a conceptual parallel with traditional Hindu depictions of God (e.g., in the forms of Vishnu, Shiva, Rama, Krishna, etc.), but also because "I just like the color blue."

The word "na'vi" in Hebrew means prophet. A na'vi is a visionary or someone who communicates directly with God. Its plural, nevi'im, also refers to the prophetic books of the bible, which include "Judges," "Kings," and "Isaiah."

According to Sam Worthington, he was invited to the casting via a phone call, and he knew nothing about the script, nor even told the director's name and Sam was disappointed at first, thinking it was "another waste of time".

Sam Worthington said in an interview that it was easier for him to master the Na'vi language than the American accent.

When Trudy (Michelle Rodriguez) refers to them needing to fly VFR what she is referring to is the Visual Flight Rules, where a pilot, accurately enough, needs to see where they're going.

At the time of auditioning, Sam Worthington was a struggling artist living in his car.

James Cameron wanted an unknown actor to play Sully, because it would give the character a 'real' quality. The guy you want to have a beer with, who ultimately becomes the leader that transforms a whole world.

To appease 20th Century Fox's fears, and remembering the harrowing experience of Titanic and its production overruns and costly delays, James Cameron promised to forgo his director's fee if Avatar flopped.

The film's landscapes were in part inspired by the famed Huangshan Mountain in China.

James Cameron has mentioned Roger Dean as a possible influence on the landscapes.

The multiple breathing orifices seen on the larger animals of Pandora were inspired by the air intakes on the sides of sports cars.

The joystick and throttle used to remote-control the bulldozer is a set of modified Saitek X52 Pro. Those are designed to control airplanes in flight and combat simulator programs.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Avatar (Tamil)
Dubbed into: Avatar (Hindi)