Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr


James Cameron’s Avatar delivers on all the hype.  This has to be one of the most visually pleasing movies I have seen.  Cameron has found a way to use 3D without losing color or picture quality.  This movie takes special effects to another level in the same way Star Wars did when it was released.  The movie is close to 3 hours long, but it didn’t feel long, because Cameron keeps you engaged throughout the entire film.

The story is a familiar one.  One man is asked to infiltrate the enemy and spy on them, so they can use the information to destroy them.  Somewhere along the way the man switches his loyalty and begins to fight for the other side.  It is a story of justice.  One side is being oppressed and they have inferior weapons, but they manage to overcome.  There are some new twists to this story.  Jake Sully, the main character, is a paraplegic.  He is given the full use of his body through the Avatar.  This brings an interesting aspect to the film.

The movie is trying to make a statement about how we treat the earth.  It is set in the future and the earth no longer has anything green, because humans have destroyed everything.  The new planet they are exploring has a native people who are one with the earth.  Many fantasy movies have an underlying message.  C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both write from a Christian background and perspective.  I do not know anything about Cameron and his background, but I do not believe the movie contains a Christian message.  I think as Christians we should be good stewards of the earth, and a lot of times we fail at this.  This movie treats the earth as not only something to respect, but something to worship.  This is a message that is becoming popular, but it is in no way Christian.  Although I disagree with this message, it is like many things in film, it can be ignored.

I would recommend you go see this movie in the theater.  The special affects and 3D will not be as impressive on your home theater system.  This movie is not for everyone.  You must enjoy fantasy movies and you have to be willing to set in a theater for 3 hours.  If you liked The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, then you will probably enjoy Avatar.

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