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AVATAR (2009): The Thing I Missed…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to re-watch Avatar (2009), writer/director James Cameron’s action/adventure/fantasy about a paraplegic Marine dispatched on a unique mission to the moon Pandora.

Perhaps even more so than the impressive special effects Avatar is most known for, I particularly remember how strongly Cameron’s film reminded me of how easily evil wins when those who oppose it do nothing. And post second viewing, I can confirm that said message still rings clearly for me today. I mean, it is a recurrent theme in the human experience.

There is one other thing that stood out ever so clearly to me this time around. And it’s something that barely registered back in 2009, Zoe Saldana’s emotional performance as Neytiri. The visuals must have been too stunning for me to notice her contribution the first time around. But, as they say, better late than never, right? I certainly have a brand new respect for Saldana as an actor now.

As cliché as some feel the Avatar story is, for me, the thought never crossed my mind as I took in the movie. Perhaps I was too engaged with all the arresting audio-visual events happening before my eyes at the time. Whatever the case, I’m glad Avatar exists, and I was here to watch, even if Avatar may not end up in my list of top ten favourite movies.

I’m sure that by now, several of you have already re-watched Avatar and the follow-up Avatar – The Way of Water. And based on what many have said, both films are as impressive and epic as James Cameron movies are known to be. I’ll likely agree with this sentiment when I finally see The Way of Water before this month ends. I wonder what I’ll miss and only notice when I watch it again several years later. 

Did you also rewatch Avatar before the new release? And if so, how do you feel upon second viewing? Perhaps you also missed something the first time around.

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AVATAR – THE WAY OF WATER (2022): New Trailer From James Cameron, Starring Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi…

Director James Cameron is properly back with the finished sequel to Avatar (2009).

Avatar – The Way of Water is set more than ten years after the events of the first film. Planet Pandora is under attack once more. And Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), plus his new-found family must do everything possible to keep each other safe.

Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi are among the key cast.

To watch or not to watch Avatar – The Way of Water? Doesn’t that sound like the silliest question to ask a movie enthusiast? The answer is both yes and no. The former is true because all James Cameron movies are an event. A truth that arguably applies to him more than most.

Even though I may not be in the mood to watch a film about a family fighting for survival by the time this is released, I would be doing myself a disservice as a dedicated movie enthusiast by not watching it. Especially considering how impressive I found Avatar to be.

The reason the above question is not the silliest is this: No one thing is ever really loved by all, and that is the way of the human.

I’m curious, how highly anticipated is Avatar – The Way of Water for you? I haven’t been as excited as I ought to be because of all the release delays over the years. Yet, something tells me that will all change once the opening credits begin.

Jemaine Clement, Bailey Bass, Edie Falco, Joel David Moore, Chloe Coleman, Jack Champion, Cliff Curtis, Jamie Flatters, CCH Pounder, Britain Dalton, Matt Gerald and Trinity Jo-Li Bliss also star.

Avatar – The Way of Water Release Dates: December 16th, 2022 (US & UK)…

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FRACTURED (2019): The Things I Liked…

Fractured (2019), Same Worthington, Netflix
Fractured (2019), Same Worthington, Netflix

Directed by Brad Anderson, new Netflix thriller Fractured follows a father (Sam Worthington) who’s desperate to find his wife and daughter after he takes them to a hospital following an accident; only for the hospital to deny hours later that they’d ever seen his family. 

Also starring Lily Rabe and Stephen Tobolowsky, without giving anything away, the best thing to say about Anderson’s film is that it’s dark and the compelling premise does deliver by the end on the trailers promise. Part of what made Fractured interesting to watch and also a tad frustrating is that throughout the film, there are clues provided that made me think that finally I know exactly what’s going on – but then something else equally convincing happens and forces to re-view my conclusions.

Overall, I  enjoyed Anderson’s film more after things picked up past the half way point. I just wish that it didn’t bring out my impatience during the first half as I longed for the story pick up and give me more clues so I could figure things out. 

Random fact, I’m guilty of enjoying the simultaneously chilling and moving end credit music so much that I definitely kept rewinding so I could write this entire review as it played in the background.

Watch Fractured if you’re curious. It gets better as the story goes on and Worthington is good.

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FRACTURED (2019): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky…

Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix
Fractured (2019), Sam Worthington, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Fractured (2019).

Fractured is a new thriller starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky and directed by Brad Anderson.

Imagine this… while on a cross country drive with your wife and daughter, your daughter falls and breaks her arm at a highway rest area. You rush to the hospital, get her seen by a doctor, after which she and your wife go downstairs for an MRI.

You then fall asleep in the lobby and wake up only to find that the hospital has no record or knowledge of your wife and daughter having been checked in…

I love a good mystery and in this case, I just can’t wait to find out who’s ‘mad.’ The hospital or the potentially grief-stricken father? Also, the mother… I’m not quite know about her yet.

Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh, Lauren Cochrane, Stephanie Sy, Derek James Trapp, Natalie Malaika, Dennis Scullard, Will Woytowich and Megan Best also star

Fractured Release Dates: October 11th, 2019 (US) / Internet…

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THE TITAN (2018): It’s…

The Titan (2018), Sam Worthington

Starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson, The Titan is a sci-fi film about a military family who agree to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

My experience of director Lennart Ruff’s film, similarly to other recent Netflix films I’ve seen can be characterised by disappointment. What intrigued me most about the film in the first place was the subject matter, definitely more so  than the actors. Sadly though, when the thing I’d been waiting for all along, namely the physical manifestation of the genetic evolution began to show in Worthington’s character’s body, instead of thinking ‘wow that’s pretty impressive,’ I instead found it and the film as a whole to be very basic. Perhaps a higher budget could have helped. To that I say, ‘sure’ as long as a sizeable chunk of the money went into producing a more well thought out story that is actually exciting.

Is it possible that I’ve just been expecting too much from Netflix movies? Is that my real problem? I’m certainly starting to think so. On the other hand, who can blame me really when the first Netflix movie I ever saw was Cary Joji Fukunaga’s memorable and rather impressive Beasts Of No Nation (2015)?

Watch The Titan if you must but only if you you absolutely must.

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THE TITAN (2018): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson…

The Titan (2018), Sam Worthington
The Titan (2018), Sam Worthington

In director Lennart Ruff’s TitanSam Worthington is part of a military family that agrees to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.

Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson also star…

I’ve never been an early adopter where new technology is concerned – and genetic evolution / space exploration is likely no exception. Fingers crossed that this movie will be as entertaining as its quite promising trailer. I’ve been waiting for another surprise sci-fi hit ever since the excellence that was Ex Machina (2014).

Titan Release Dates: March 30th, 2018 (US); April 13th, 2018 (UK)…

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HUNTER’S PRAYER (2017): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Martin Compston, Odeya Rush…

Hunter's Prayer (2017), Sam Worthington
Hunter’s Prayer (2017), Sam Worthington

Starring Sam Worthington, Odeya Rush and Matin Compston, Hunter’s Prayer is an action / thriller about an assassin (worthington) who helps a young woman seek revenge…

I want this movie to be good. But I think my want for the film to be great is greater than my belief that it will be. As always, I want very much to be wrong.

Hunter’s Prayer Release Dates: June 9th, 2017 (US)…

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THE SHACK (2016): New Trailer From Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw…

The Shack (2016), Sam Worthington
The Shack (2016), Sam Worthington

Starring Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw, Octavia Spencer and Radha Mitchell; director Stuart Hazeldine’s The Shack tells the story of a grieving man who’s invited to meet with God…

Going by this trailer, it looks as though Spencer is playing God herself. Wanting to find out how that plays out is reason enough for me to watch.

I also definitely want to see the film’s depiction of heaven. If you’ve read the book by William P. Young on which this movie is based, I likely already have a very good idea.

The Shack Release Dates: March 3rd, 2017 (US)…

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