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Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience
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An ex-Marine finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a... View more >
intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking
Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver... View more >
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* Art Direction
* Visual Effects
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This is a must see movie on three counts. Artistically it is stunning. Technically I've seen it 4 times in 3D IMAX and still duck at the same spot when something flies at me. As a message for humanity, it is perfect. The story is set in 2157 and the message is: we didn't get it, but guess what, we still can here in the second decade of the 21st Century!
Excellent movie, best for 2009. Phenominal 3-D and IMAX!
After seeing this in 3D, I wanted to see it in IMAX 3D as well to compare the two experiences. My only choice was a local mini-MAX theater, with digital 3D projection.
While the sound in the IMAX theater trumped my previous experience, I found the 3D effects to be less effective. There were many times when the separation of the two images wasn't clean, like you could tell that you were supposed to be seeing something as seamless 3D, but instead you got a shadow of what it should have been.
We weren't dead-center in the auditorium, but we were in the center section, maybe 8-9 seats from center, about half-way back in the theater. Perhaps that had something to do with it?
When those issues weren't present, however, Avatar continues to be a visual stunner. This is the standard by which all other 3D movies for quite some time will be judged, and my guess is that many will pale in comparison.
I'm glad that I saw this movie in 3D, as it was intended to be viewed by director James Cameron. He put a lot of work into making it the experience it was, and it showed. I have no idea how this movie will be received when it comes to home video, because the visual impact will be much less on the typical home display, and the lack of 3D will also stunt its impact.
If you have the chance to see this movie in 3D in a theater, you should do so!