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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-30 09:56
Subject: Crossing the valley
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We saw Avatar last night.

As far as the story goes, well, we've probably encountered it before more than once. It's not District 9.

But the SFX? Wow! Pandora is probably the most beautiful alien planet we've ever seen. Dangerous, yes, but lush and glorious, with believable creatures designed by Wayne Barlowe. (Well, believable if you bend the square cube law a bit, and given alien physiology leading to carbon fibre permeated bones, and an atmospheric composition comprising goodness knows what, flying creatures able to carry 10' aliens manage to carry it off.)

And those tall aliens? They're this side of the uncanny valley. They manage to be strange and yet not repellent, despite their blue skins, noses that are more like muzzles, and their inhuman height.

In total, this film will be earning back Cameron his investment, and it's going to be providing the technical tools for the next generation of SF films. I'd love to see this technology used to film C J Cherryh's Atevi.
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User: sphyg
Date: 2009-12-30 20:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did you see 2D or 3D? I thought it could've been shorter and less predictable ;)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-31 08:38 (UTC)
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Ah, 3D.

And yes, the story was pretty predictable.
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2009-12-31 00:55 (UTC)
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It's stated to be a low-grav world [1], which gives the square cube law leeway.

[1] Near the beginning when he meets the Colonel for the first time, pumping iron and saying low-grav worlds make you soft.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-31 08:40 (UTC)
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A good point - and I missed that one. I think Cameron spent a lot of time putting those little bits in - such as the carbon fibre bones - which permit some of the things he did.

On the other hand, if he'd spent more time emphasizing that stuff, it'd have been even longer.
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