I have recently watched The enjoyable epic science fiction film Avatar again. It stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver and was directed, written, produced, and co-edited by James Cameron. Avatar is is set in 2154, where humans have depleted Earth’s natural resources, leading to a severe energy crisis. So they set out to look for other viable energy sources on other planets. Then The Resources Development Administration (RDA for short) discovers a valuable mineral called Unobtanium on a densely forested habitable moon named Pandora which is orbiting the gas giant Polyphemus in the Alpha Centauri star system which could solve all the Earth’s energy needs. The look of Pandora was inspired by the Artist Roger Dean.
However Pandora’s atmosphere is poisonous to humans, and it is inhabited by the Na’vi, 10-foot tall (3.0 m), blue-skinned, sapient humanoids who live in harmony with nature and worship a mother goddess called Eywa. So To explore Pandora’s biosphere, scientists create Na’vi-human hybrids called “avatars”, genetically engineered Na’vi bodies with the mind of a remotely located and genetically matched human which are used to interact with the natives of Pandora.
Jake Sully, a paraplegic former Marine, arrived on Pandora to replace his deceased identical twin brother as an operator of one of the Avatars. The Resources Development is headed by Selfridge, and Colonel Miles Quaritch, head of RDA’s private security force, wants Jake to secretly gather information about the Na’vi. So Jake joins Dr. Grace Augustine, head of the Avatar Program, and fellow scientist Dr. Norm Spellman while they collect biological data. However Jake becomes seperated when his avatar is attacked by an indigenous carnivorous predator called a thanator and flees into the forest. Luckily he is rescued by Neytiri, a female Na’vi. Who after Witnessing an auspicious sign, takes him to her clan, whereupon Neytiri’s mother Mo’at, the clan’s spiritual leader, orders her daughter to initiate Jake into their society. Jake discover that Hometree stands on grounds containing the richest deposit of unobtanium in the area. Over the following three months, Jake grows to sympathize with the natives. After Jake is initiated into the tribe, he and Neytiri choose each other as mates.
Sadly though The continuing expansion of the mining colony starts to threaten the peaceful existence of the Na’vi and things come to a head when the military under Col. Quaritch threaten to destroy a sacred Na’vi site called Hometree and when Jake discovers what the Quaritch and the military intend to do he Is horrified. Grace’s argues that destroying Hometree could damage the biological neural network native to Pandora, but this falls on deaf ears. So Selfridge gives Jake and Grace one hour to convince the Na’vi to evacuate hometree and the Na’vi, discover that Jake has been collecting information for the military so the Na’vi imprison Jake and Grace. Quaritch’s men destroy Hometree, killing Neytiri’s father (the clan chief) and many others. Mo’at frees Jake and Grace, but they are detached from their avatars and imprisoned by Quaritch’s forces. However Pilot Trudy Chacón, disgusted by Quaritch’s brutality rescues them both.
Jake, keen to redeem himself and regain the Na’vi’s trust, tames a fierce dragon-like predator feared and honored by the Na’vi. Jake finds the refugees at the sacred Tree of Souls. Supported by the new chief Tsu’tey, who acts as Jake’s translator, Jake tries to pursuade the Na’vi to give him one more chance. Jake manages to unite the clans and shows them how to battle against the Resources Development Association. Fairly soon all hell breaks loose as the Na’avi try to regain control of Pandora and evict the human invaders and stop them from taking all of Pandora’s valuable resources for themselves without considering the needs of the Na’avi or the health of the planet.