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Avatar is a 2009 Science Fantasy film written and directed by James Cameron. The setting of the movie is sometime far into the future when humans on earth are mining a very precious mineral called unobtanium. This mineral can only be found on a lush moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri called Pandora. Pandora is bountifully blessed with weird, wonderful creatures and plants that breathe ammonia instead of oxygen. In the movie the humans are trying to take the wealth of this planet for themselves. In the movie you will get to know Jake Sully who joins the native population of Pandora as an Avatar and in a dramatic, yet mesmerizing battle he tries to avoid conquest by the invading extraterrestrials from Earth.

Plot Summary

When his brother is killed in a robbery, Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand. Jake using his avatar lead the tribe with the help of all natural animal finally protected the world of Pandora.

Relation to Class Themes

Avatar shows the use of technology to experience live in an alternate body. This is a big advantage that the humans have over the Na'vi because they can learn their culture and blend in. In a way, this type of technology is a body hack. Although Jake is actually paralyzed, he is able to walk while he is the "avatar." The technology completely changes his way of life and his thoughts.

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