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A vision of the future worth waiting for

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 20 2009   /  02:26 pm

James Cameron's Avatar has been 15 years in the making, requiring technology to advance far enough to realize the director's grand US$237 million vision. While the expectations for the film have been strangely eroded by lackluster trailers, the soaring visuals and involving narrative of his first feature film since Titanic prove it was well worth the wait. In 2154 AD, Earth is dying, seriously depleted of natural resources. Pandora, a moon 4.3 light years away, is thriving and verdant, thanks to its sentient inhabitants' - the Na'vi - harmonious relationship with their environment. One tribe, the Omaticaya, happens to reside upon plentiful deposits of unobtainium, a valuable mineral that could remedy Earth's energy crisis. To either diplomatically convince the natives to relocate, or find intelligence to use against them in battle, an anthropological team, headed by Dr. G...