The movie has presented an anti-war concept portraying the soldiers as cruel and brutal people who only aim to chase the company dollar. All soldiers are males except for a female pilot, who rejects the violent actions against the native population of the Na’vi. Many critiques have not mentioned the topic of gender in the movie but it is worth mentioning. Jake Sully is the main character of the movie who is a Marine. Because of his protagonist status, and that of his avatar, he is shown to negotiate between the masculine corporate structure and the feminine sphere of nature and science.
The prominent scientist, played by Sigourney Weaver, is a biologist who is interested to have the samples from Pandora. Many critiques have attacked less relevantly on her cigarettes. She interacts with the natives to learn more about them in contrast to Sully, who approaches the world in his own naïve and playful way. A female Na’vi acts like his guide in the film who guides him through the world. Sully and his avatar are soon introduced to the tribe of the Na’vi and promptly become the most competent of them.
This plot is somewhat the reminiscent of the movies like “The last Samurai” and “Dances with Wolves”. (Wilhelm. 45) This kind of narrative is also considered to have the “white savior” theme, in which a dominant race member, often not recognized by his own type, proves himself to be the problem solver of the other kind. There is a scene when Sully is asked: “how does it feel to betray your own race? ” (Kurzweil) Towards the end of the movie, Sully decides to permanently change his species, which by some conservative critiques is symbolized as a myth to change race due to the white guilt.
In fact the digital characters of the Na’vi are played and voiced by Afro-American actors. The moderate point of view in the movie, symbolized by a pro-environmental and anti-technological viewpoint is personified in the illustration of the humans and the Na’vi. The use of technology by the humans is for destruction and violence. The avatars are also used to converse with the Na’vi and suppress them so that the humans can get the hold of their precious resources.
The Na’vi have a deep psychological connection with nature and are sensitive enough to link physically and mentally with other creatures, plants and with each other. The environmentalist expression is grasped and given a biological basis in the virtual world by Cameron (Jesser. 200). The Na’vi are capable of tapping into the network of sacred trees, which is found to develop a neural network to store memories, experiences and thoughts.
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Kurzweil, Ray. Ray Kurzweil’s Review of Avatar. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.singularityweblog.com/ray-kurzweil-reviews-avatar/. n.d. 8th May 2012.
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