To be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a good M. Night Shyamalan film – his past few films have not been all that great in my opinion. So, going into this one – I was really hoping to be dazzled. Though, I wasn’t – it was a bit disappointing.
Basically, it’s about a boy who is supposed to be a kind of “protector” of the people (aka The Avatar). Though, when faced with the responsibility and the duties of his role he is reluctant to pursue it – being a hero is a lot of responsibility which involves having a life of solitude without having any ties such as family and friends. And, to the boy this life of solitude is just not the kind of life he wants to live.
So, the movie is really about a hero who doesen’t want to be a hero. Though, with the current situation of the war in the story he is faced with the dilemma of being a hero and protecting the people. Otherwise, there will be no protector for the people.
In a way, some of the themes of this film is a bit similar the themes of other films such as “The Matrix” – there’s a prophecy that someone is going to protect the people. The theme in this film is no different.
There are some battle type scenes in the movie as the hero (aka The Avatar) and his army (consisting of another boy and a girl – brother and sister) work together to gather up villages of people to fight the existing regime.
(Note: The battle scenes are a bit corny looking. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but let’s just say it reminds me of watching kung-fu in slow motion – it’s a bit weird looking).
Though, this film really didn’t do it for me – it just didn’t feel like it came together. The storyline wasn’t really well executed and a lot of the scenes were not really played out well especially the battle scenes – I just didn’t find myself entertained.
Now, it could just be me. Maybe some who enjoy this genre may have differing opinions. Though, I do enjoy fantasy adventure type of movies from time to time such as this one.
Overall, I can’t really recommend this film – I just didn’t find myself entertained. The storyline was not very well executed and the scenes just didn’t play out well for me. I was really hoping this movie would be good, though it was rather disappointing.
If you’re contemplating seeing this movie, I’d say it’s best to pass on it.
(Note: For all the fans of the film, these are just my thoughts – it just didn’t do it for me).
Happy movie watching!
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