Avatar takes place in the future on Pandora, a moon of a gas giant named Polyphemus, that is located over 4 light years from Earth. Pandora is being explored for certain resources that Earth needs since Earth's economy is bad.
Pandora is a lush, tropical planet filled with unique wildlife and is inhabited by a race of primitive humanoid beings called the Na'vi.
One Na'vi tribe occupies an area that is plentiful in Unobtainium that a private corporation wants to extract since the mineral would be of some use on Earth and is extremely valuable.
The company has also hired former members of the U.S. military to give logistical support and protection to the company's efforts. A U.S. Marine named Jake Sully travels to Pandora to take his dead brother Tony's place in which Jake assumes control of his brother's avatar in order to make contact with the Na'vi.
Jake Sully is paralyzed from the waist down as the result of an injury he sustained while participating in a combat mission on Earth. He is the only person who can successfully use his twin brother's avatar since Jake's genetic material is the same as Tony's.
After assuming the use of the avatar Jake begins the task to win the Na'vi's trust in hopes of convincing them to allow the Unobtainium to be mined. Sully does this so he can get an expensive operation done to receive a new set of legs that is promised to him by the Pandora Earth colony's Marine commander.
Upon interacting with the local Na'vi tribe Jake Sully begins to appreciate their way of life and goes so far as to befriend a Na'vi woman who is also the tribal chief's daughter.
Later Jake becomes torn between his duty as a Marine and the existence of the Na'vi that he has learned to know and love.
Where the movie goes bad isn't so much Jake's conflict as much as it is the movie's underlying plot.
In Avatar the primitive and simplistic lifestyle of the Na'vi and their quasi-Gaia worship of Pandora's ecology is held to be a moral virtue while the company representative and most of the military members are portrayed in the film in a negative light which demonstrates where Cameron's loyalties lie.
We see also see Cameron's political sympathies in one other film he made which was the highest grossing film of all time: Titanic.
Titanic not only generated lots of ticket sales, it is (not surprisingly) the apple of almost every Marxist's cinematic eye. The overall message in Titanic is, simply put, egalitarianism. No one is better than anyone else, we are all equal, wealth is bad, being poor is good and, while you are at it, don't think for yourself.
Now Cameron has weighed in (yet again) with another morally repulsive movie that, like Titanic, portrays self sacrifice as one's highest moral end.
This time Cameron gives a nod to the evil philosophy of environmentalism that calls for the destruction of human life by indirectly calling for people to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods to the needs of nature.
This message is embodied not only by Jake Sully's actions during most of the movie but also the Earth scientist's hypothesis that the ecosystem of Pandora is interconnected and should not be touched. The movie also ridicules criticism of economic development and also condemns utilizing a planet's resources.
A movie-goer could appreciate Avatar from an aesthetic perspective. But these elements are obviously secondary to the film's awful philosophical message and these points along make Avatar the worst movie of the year.
The movie itself is said to be one of the most expensive movies ever made. At a price tag of up to $300 to $400 million Avatar opened this weekend with opening day ticket sales of $27 million.
Not a great start but time will tell how audiences are receptive to it. It is my hope that audiences will take their dollars to see films other than Avatar and reject James Cameron's platform to propagandize for his subtle anti-human plot.