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Avatar: Summary and Analysis


Jake Sully is a combat marine who has been injured in battle. As a result, he’s a paraplegic. The VA doesn’t have enough money to repair his legs, so he’s in a wheelchair. After his twin brother is killed, Jake takes his place in a project on Pandora, a distant planet. Earthlings need a rare mineral found there in order to solve the humans’ energy crisis.

Pandora is a hostile environment for humans. The air is toxic, and the wilderness is filled with prehistoric-like savage beasts. Scientists have taken the DNA from the indigenous Pandorans, humanoids called the Na’vi, and combined it with human DNA to create avatars. These avatars can then be controlled by the humans in the quest for the rare mineral.

Jake is seduced by the evil Colonel Quaritch to infiltrate the Na’vi in exchange for an operation on his legs. Jake agrees, but he soon finds himself indebted to a beautiful member of the Na’vi tribe, Neytiri, who saves his life. After Jake falls in love with Neytiri and is indoctrinated into the tribe, his outlook changes. He wants to remain in his avatar persona and protect the people from the annihilation the colonel has planned.

I found this movie to be very entertaining. It’s a wonderful mixture of the past, the present, and the future. For example, many of the creatures on Pandora are futuristic yet prehistoric. The special effects are amazing! This is one you simply must see on the big screen and in 3D at least once. After that, you’ll want to re-watch it at home!

The film contains several examples of social commentary. The fact that the VA has run out of funding could easily be interpreted as a comment on our present economic downturn. The rare mineral needed for energy could represent oil, and the primitive Na’vi could stand for citizens of third world nations who have resources needed by more advanced countries.

The movie could also represent the historical conquest of Native Americans by whites. In fact, this is entirely plausible. One sub-group of Na’vi are called the plains people, and they, like the Plains Indians, are skilled horsemen and warriors. Also, the Na’vi culture is much like that of the Native Americans. They are children of the land, they’re hunters, and they have a deep respect for Nature. Even their dress, their weapons, and their use of “war paint” is much the same.

The climax of the plot is the traditional epic battle of good versus evil. You’ll find yourself cheering for the Na’vi as they fight against almost insurmountable odds in an effort to protect their homeland and their culture.

The scenery in the movie is spectacular, with mountains, waterfalls, and jungle foliage – interspersed with fantastical plants and creatures that will both entertain and amaze viewers. Even if you don’t especially care for science fiction or fantasy, you’ll enjoy this film. The action drags a little in parts – especially at the beginning. After that, however, hang on to your seat! The 3D is so realistic that at times you’ll find yourself ducking or reaching out to feel a falling leaf or seed pod.

Avatar was nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including Best Director, Best Picture (drama), Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. It has also been nominated for nine Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, including Best Action Movie, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Makeup, Best Picture, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

The movie is rated PG-13, for language and violence, although it lacks real blood and gore. Really graphic violence is absent, so I feel that it would be fine for viewers younger than 13, other than the small amount of explicit language used.


Robert Sacchi on April 04, 2018:

A good review of the movie. I can see where it would be spectacular in 3D, Even on the small screen the effects are great. The makers did a great job of creating another world and its inhabitants.

Leona Puddle on March 17, 2016:

I love this movie. Jake looks like my boyfriend while I watch this movie I very miss him. He name is Song Jung Ki.

Samuels-laikoh on March 17, 2016:

This movie is amazing! I love the special effects.

Pnc on March 17, 2016:

I like song because meaning is so good and story is wonderful.

Zara I see you. on March 17, 2016:

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I like the song name I See You ''I pray in my heart that this dream never ends''. This movie is very exciting and Jake is so handsome. but I never watch this movie.

fah on March 17, 2016:

The movie is wonderful :)

Maiii on March 17, 2016:

I think that I love this movie.

"I see you."

Palm on March 17, 2016:

The best movie and amazing effect

Pao on March 17, 2016:

I like the song name 'I See You'.

shawn and julia on February 17, 2015:

We are two students and we are doing a home work on this movie can you help us pls pls pls boooobs

maria on April 01, 2013:

me ha ecantado esta pagina en ingles ya que los españoles nos cuenta encontrar paginas como estas se ha entendido todo muy facilmente

juanycris on September 27, 2011:

wow ,,, ang ganda ng movie po ... pinagaralan po namin to sa school ... i like this movie..

Kritika on August 29, 2011:

Wonderful movie i have ever seen

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 07, 2011:

thanks, Axle!

Axle on March 07, 2011:

thank u! for who post this article! u can really help other people ^^

Joe Loo on March 04, 2011:

I love this movie very much, watched over 3 times :D

The 3D was awesome. It's a great movie.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 01, 2011:

Chennai, I can't wait for Avatar II!

subburam chennai on February 16, 2011:

Every one must see the movie. The great JAMES CAMERON long live to create such a wonderful films.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 05, 2011:

I'm not sure about the HD version of Avatar. Have you asked at the video store?

Online Movies Megavideo on February 05, 2011:

Does any one tell me how can watch avatar in HD - quality i am searching for it but unable to find yet :( ? if you have any place for it so please share it here.

Thanks a bunch in advance:)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 20, 2010:

I'm psyched about a sequel, too!!

Avatar on December 20, 2010:

I thought avatar was a WONDERFUL movie.they so should so make

a 2nd one and a 3rd lol seriously.I so should give them a heads up

for having AMAZING special effects,costumes,acting,a wonderful dire

ctor.I wish I could so be an AVATAR!!!!!!!!it was that cool I thought

it was kinda sad when Tsu, tey had fallen off the plane and died

maybe he didn't die maybe he just got shot and fell of the plane

and how they slide off the GIANT leaves maybe he did that.In the

2nd one maybe they will find him and will get doctors.I hope that

they find him he was sweet when he wasn't upset sometimes lol.

It was sad watching all of the other avatars die though and the

animals and I liked watching the white ppl die though because

they were EVIL!!!:(I loved it when eway or what her name was

the very pure spirits when natirie yelled eway has heard you!!!:):)

And when the avatars had WON!!!!!:)YYYYAAAAYYYY:);)!!!!!!!!!!!

And how natirie had told Jake that(I see u and he said I see u

to"!:)so sweet!!!!!!!!!:):):)and it made me cry because I was so

freaking happy because they are such a cute couple and that she

was so much bigger than him lol:):0:plol!!!!:)and how he came to

life at the end and he opened his eyes and that's what got me

so excited and that why I watched that movie over and over and

over again!!!!!:):pSo they need to make a 2nd And 3rd one I can't

can't wait any longer so hurry up and make on lol:) jk but seriously

I can't wait any longer or I'm gonna die:):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol lol lol:)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 11, 2010:

I'm sure you're right, Cat!

surlyoldcat on November 05, 2010:

Was watching again on DVD, I think the rating is for, not the type of violence, but the intensity of said situations and combat. They will do that if the battle is a little too hard-edged.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 26, 2010:

Jchick, it was a little long!

J chick on October 06, 2010:

great movie overview have the movie rate it about 4/5 because the length

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2010:

Where is he??

odeh moses from benue state nigeria on August 17, 2010:

more about michael jackson is only known by his casket

the real thing is that the king of pop michael jackson is still alive believe it or not

odeh moses from benue state nigeria on August 17, 2010:

more about michael jackson is only known by his casket

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 29, 2010:

Hi, Salman! Thanks for stopping by!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 29, 2010:

Blogger, I loved Pocohontas. I wasn't wild about Titanic or Alice in Wonderland. I agree about Avatar's plot, but the visuals made up for it for me. Thanks for reading and commenting!

iBlogger on July 28, 2010:

You see, when I watch a movie, I like PLOT. Sorry. Avatar just doesn't do it for me. I saw it in 3D on the big screen. The effects were SO inferior to that in Alice in Wonderland. And I think that EVERYONE was reminded of the Natives and their invasion. Want to watch a movie with the same message, but a good story? Disney's Pocahontas is just for you!

I wasn't crazy about Titanic either. It came across like, "It's the most epic romance, truest of true loves! Oh, and by the way, they were on a boat and it sank." I couldn't get into Titanic. It's just like, okay, what ever. It's just not fair that they didn't make it more historical. The TITLE is Titanic!!!

All in all, I think that directors like Tim Burton deserve more than James Cameron. Tim Burton is just too awesome. Glad you enjoyed. One expensive movie! Good you didn't waste your money.

Salman on June 04, 2010:

The best movie ive seen so far in 2010

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 20, 2010:

Phoenix, if it weren't for the 3D special effects, I'd agree with you!

phoenixgbr on May 20, 2010:

THE most over-rated film I've seen in years

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 18, 2010:

Guy, the special effects carried the movie, IMO!

outdoorsguy from Tenn on May 16, 2010:

what to say.... LOL. I liked it. not wowed, or awed. and I really dont like Directors who slide in their personal political opinions into a non Politicial movie. that aside.

the effects were great. it did have some of the best CGI ive seen and it was fun. I have to admit Im not a fan of 3d. so I saw it the old fashioned way.

and I watched it sure I wasn't going to like it LOL

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2010:

Aw, Herbi - I wish you could have seen it on the big screen in 3D!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2010:

Best of luck to you in your career, Movielover!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on May 15, 2010:

You know habee - I had no desire to see this movie and my mom bought it and dropped it off to me the other day and of course I literally did not blink once through it. I was amazed and in love with it and so disappointed that I didn't get to see it in the theater. What a phenomenal movie. I may watch it again sometime this weekend before I have to give it back. Great hub!!!

movielover2010 on May 14, 2010:


Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 13, 2010:

Thanks, Runway! I appreciate that!

Runway from New York on May 12, 2010:

wow, that's fantastic!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 11, 2010:

Wow, Wayne! That's a HUGE...TV! lol

Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on May 10, 2010:

Well I've got a 42 inch...wait for it...wait for it.... TV screen, so that'll have to do!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 10, 2010:

Wayne, you'll probably enjoy the DVD, but it won't be the same as big-screen 3D!

Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on May 10, 2010:

Seen the movie, but unfortunately didn't see the 3D version at the cinema and I look forward to when it comes out in 3D on DVD soon!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 06, 2010:

Veterans Administration.

M A on May 05, 2010:

what is VA?

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 03, 2010:

Was it in 3D??

JMWjack18 on May 03, 2010:

At 1st I thought that they were making a big deal out of it but everybody at my school was talkin about it and u know, u don't want to be left out so I asked my dad if we could get it and we bought it and I watched it in my movie theater in my basement and I only saw like 30 minutes but it was awesome

I really enjoyed it

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Imaginerius, I can't wait for the sequel, either!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Joe!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Houa, thanks for the kind words!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

I certainly echo your hopes, Lonestar!

imagineriaus from Dubin, Ireland on April 29, 2010:

I am sure guys, all of you enjoyed the movie specially in 3D, it is one of the greatest movie from James Cameron, can't wait for the second one, I bought the BD as soon as it was in stores, you will find a registration code inside the pack so you can go online and register to have your own home tree and download something special for your desktop, enjoy guys


The movie addict

joertown on April 28, 2010:

Great hub! Thanks!

Houa Lor from Minnesota on April 28, 2010:

I LOVED this movie! I saw it in 3D and it was worth it. You've summarized it so well.

Rod Martin Jr from Cebu, Philippines on April 27, 2010:

I loved the movie and loved your hub. Brought back some great movie memories.

I might just point out that, though Pandora is a "distant" planet as you point out, this fictional world is in the very real "next-door neighboring" system, Alpha Centauri. This three-sun system is not visible from Georgia, but I've had the pleasure of seeing it after having moved to the Philippines. Maybe one day we'll have the technology to go there, and hopefully we will have learned the right lessons from James Cameron's beautiful movie.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 25, 2010:

Saeed, that's easy to find on the net! Thanks for reading!

saeed on April 25, 2010:

avatar is a wonderful movie i like it so much but i would like to know the real names of the actors and the avator names of the actors (movie names)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2010:

Your comments and readership are much appreciated!

GoRdon on March 08, 2010:

Glad you liked it. Read Boys On Film for something rather different to Avatar!

THANKS for your writing

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Thanks, MJ, and I agree with the "eye candy" statement.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Glad you enjoyed it, Lea, and thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 03, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Borge!

MJ's HubNotes on March 03, 2010:

This movie is what I call "eye candy". I always enjoy a well made sci-fi movie. Nice job on the the review.

lea95 on March 03, 2010:

this movie is really great

borge_009 from Philippines on March 02, 2010:

A movie that is worth watching......the effects are amazing....thanks for posting

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 28, 2010:

Glad you enjoyed it, Piglitza!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 28, 2010:

See, mtsi? Told ya!! lol

Piglitza from South Africa on February 25, 2010:

Movie was well worth the money. Enjoyed it thoroughly in 3D. Really amazing! Thanks for the review!

mtsi1098 on February 25, 2010:

Well I did go see this a week ago in 3D and it was fantastic...thanks again for the review

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 24, 2010:

Hi, Tony. I answered your question on one of your hubs. Thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 24, 2010:

Hi, James. Can you believe I can't get Hubby to watch this movie???

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 24, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Nike!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 24, 2010:

Thanks, Mick, for the kind words!

Tony Casey from Manchester U.K. on February 23, 2010:

Hi habee

I've Just been reading 'HubPages link exchanges' in the HubPages Knowledge Exchange forum. I thought link exchanging was frown on by HubPages but apparently not; so I have a number of Avatar hubs would you like to exchange links.

James on February 23, 2010:

I have to agree, I seen Avatar 2 times and the special effects blow me away each time.

moviemick on February 22, 2010:

This movie rocked, and this well analyzed summary reminded me just how much !

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2010:

Glad it helped, Maria!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2010:

Me, either, Fester! It was super!

Maria Fe Nicolau on February 21, 2010:

I'm so thankful with your analysis. This will surely give light to my student to do an extensive study of AVATAR as one of his favorite topics to discuss for his academic requirements.

Daniel Christian from Los Angeles, CA on February 21, 2010:

Great hub. Such a solid movie. Can't wait for the next installment!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2010:

Go see it, Daisy. It's still playing here!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2010:

Thanks, iPod, but you really need to see it in 3D, on the big screen!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2010:

Glad I could help, Jeppy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 20, 2010:

Funny, Greenheart - when I was watching Avatar, I actually thought about the Amazon and its indigenous people!

daisyjae from Canada on February 19, 2010:

I'm sorry I missed this movie in the theatres, I've heard so many good things about it.

iPodMovies on February 19, 2010:

I didn't get to see avatar in 3D but it was still a great movie. Agree with everything you said in this hub!

jeppy312 on February 19, 2010:

great point of view!

after watching it in the theather i really wanna watch it again > <

had to say that you're a great help with my hw :P

Greenheart from Cambridge on February 18, 2010:

Hi Habee.

What a great film.I would even say epic!

Apparently the film has been played to some Amazonian Indians

who have said that it is a reflection of what is happening to them.

We need to see it as more than a film i believe but as an important message.From indigenous peoples and from the earth

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

I agree, Nick - it was a bold move on Cameron's part. Good for him!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

Ezhut, glad you enjoyed it!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Jenelyn!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

Thanks, Michael. I appreciate your comment!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

Thanks, Ateenyi, for this extra info!

Nick17Pierce19 from Cambridge on February 17, 2010:

One of the best movies ever! I especially enjoyed the political commentary that James Cameron put on in this movie. It's really interesting to see how he's gone out and made a political stance even though it may jeopardize his chances at an oscar.

ezhuthukari from Kerala on February 17, 2010:

It was a spectacular movie! Liked the concept really well:-)Well-written summary habee!

Jenelyn puig on February 17, 2010:

it was amazing!!!!!!!!!

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