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Running Time 103 min
MPAA rating PG
Release Date Jul 1, 2010
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The Last Airbender

The four nations of Air, Water, Earth and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century later, there is still no end in sight to the destruction, then, an Avatar named Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers that he has the power to control the four elements. He joins forces with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance and harmony to their world.

Starring
Noah Ringer Aang
Dev Patel Prince Zuko
Nicola Peltz Katara
Jackson Rathbone Sokka
Shaun Toub Uncle Iroh
Aasif Mandvi Commander Zhao
Seychelle Gabriel Princess Yue
Cliff Curtis Fire Lord Ozai

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Sep 04, 2010 - alucard2010 on The Last Airbender
Harkens back to the fantasy films of the 80's

If you like the fantasy films of the 80's such as willow,you should like this. The complaints I have heard is it is different from the source material,and yes thats true. The plot is intact and its grounded in reality more than the cartoon,but thats a good thing also. The movie condenses 26 episodes into a 2 hour movie,so some things have got to give. Its amazing how no one complains about harry potter or lord of the rings. How dare they change things,how dare they add and take things out.I have heard so many petty complaints about this movie and all of them are without warrant. such as.. The names are pronounced wrong. (That is incorrect the names are pronounced right.) The acting and dialogue sucks. (It is a kids movie based on a kinds cartoon) I felt like i was 8 again, see it and relive your childhood. This movie has no blood,no bad language,no sex,and no nudity. Don't be a monkey and find out yourself and watch it,and make up your own mind.

Jul 09, 2010 - Alifeurd on The Last Airbender
Go & watch the show, pretend this didn't happen.

Instead of an Eastern themed, imaginative, structured & substance infused tale, we have received a white-washed, essence-drained, disaster. M. Night Shyamamalan presents to you, the Last Airbender.

Almost immediately, the story hurls you into a world the viewers don't understand with shoddy narration & an overwhelming lack of inner monologue as your only explanation. We are left with this fast-forward pace for the entirety of this flick, as if Shyamalan decided that the proper way to include all of the material from the TV series was to speed through every aspect of it. Instead of the characters & plot working together to give depth & create an interesting tale, the characters are only around to drive the plot. You never get a chance to care about the characters; they have have their roles, but are void of substance.

On that note, the charm & personality each of the characters had in the show was somehow lost in this presentation. This was the fault of both the actors & director. Without decent direction, an actor could still perform well if they are competent. The overall acting of the cast was mediocre at best. I choose not to say flat out horrible because Dev Patel & Shaun Toub gave personality to their characters, in fact being the only thing about this movie remotely interesting. Everyone else could have been doing face plants for the duration of the movie & I could have at least felt some kind of emotion permeating from their bruises. My personal favorite from the show, Sokka, went from being a strategic genius as well as the quick-witted comic relief to a hollow, wide-eyed (in a literal sense), pessimist. Yes, most of these actors are kids & yes, this is a movie geared towards children, but that does not excuse the fact that the characters just droll onward from beginning to end.

The Last Airbender is the megaphone of ineptitude & Shyamalan was the crazed man standing atop his directorial soap box yet again, screaming wildly at the audience for an hour & 40 minutes. We are left with a cluttered mess of ideas, special effects & extremely unflattering close-ups.

Usually I would suggest die-hard fans of a show to go see the big-screened adaptations of their affection, because they will usually still find some semblance of beauty in it, or at least the pleasant remembrance of their initial experience. I'm just going to say that this would be a painful affair for them.

Jul 06, 2010 - Tharrah on The Last Airbender

Usually I would say that people who are familiar with the source material of a movie like this are really going to enjoy the movie, while others may not entirely get what is going on. For this movie, I reverse that sentiment. I wish I didn't know what was supposed to be happening, because this was a terrible movie, and by knowing the source material I think I was able to be more upset than those who didn't.

Now mispronouncing words and names from written text is one thing, because it is open to some interpretation. When you are redoing a cartoon, where there are existing voice actors and words are already pronounced one way (like the main character's name) you don't have that same excuse.

An top of that stupidity, the acting was all around horrible. I don't know if Shyamalan actually held auditions or just plucked kids from a Jr High school, because this was incredibly pathetic. The whole tone of the story was completely ruined by these actors. The main character is supposed to be jovial person frequently wanting to ignore his mission at the sight of a new animal to ride, or games to play. They turned him into some brooding, flat, and generally boring character.

I feel like most of the hard work for telling this story was taken care of in the source material. You know how characters behave, how words are said, how places look. It's not up to someone interpreting an author's words. Despite that, they manage to completely mess this up!

I had read numerous reviews telling me that the 3D they used in this movie actually made it worse, so I opted for the regular experience, and I am glad I saved that money.

Jul 06, 2010 - AnDroo.Napoli on The Last Airbender
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Man... It's just as bad as Percy Jackson but with like 80x the budget. Proving once again, you can throw all the right things in a pot, stir it, and pour it out but it doesn't mean you'll get anything worth while out of the process...

The actors in this all look like they are reading queue cards, and their lines come out dry and lifeless. I don't know if it's because the directer had such a hard time with the actors being mostly children or what, but it's really painful, especially when M.Night's strength is close-ups. Seeing a head 16 feet tall really accentuates how poorly these actors really act. (And how fake fake contacts can look)

The series sounds really interesting as it had been explained to me in the week leading up to the movie(and after), but I got NONE of what my friends were explaining to me out of the actual film. As a movie it BARELY stands on its own merit. Some of the visuals are nice, but would have been better enjoyed as say, a desktop wallpaper. And the only saving grace really was the "Fire Bender's" storyline.

All in all, really not worth seeing. I fear this will go the way of the Golden Compass and just end as "Part 1" in a saga that never continues.

Jul 04, 2010 - Salvadordolly on The Last Airbender
so lost, didn't get it

I was unfamilar with the story line and I really didn't get what was going on. Still not sure. Nice special effects, though, and I like the Tai Chi. Part 11 is coming up.

Jul 03, 2010 - Errol on The Last Airbender
Not that bad

From reading other reviews, I expected this movie to be a waste of time. After seeing it though, I have no idea why so many people thought it was terrible. The movie accurately followed the cartoon's storyline. A few of the actors chosen to play the characters disappointed me however. Overall, I believe the director did a great job compressing the entire Book 1 of the cartoon into the 103 minute movie

Jul 02, 2010 - moviefanatic08 on The Last Airbender
burn 10 dollars instead

if you liked the show and want to keep its high standards dont see this movie. it sucked so much and was really excruciating to sit through. the movie left so much out, horrible acting, characters not developed, no action, and they just throw you right in the middle of everything so it made no sense to those who have never seen the show. and the ones who had seen the show knew how much better it was. m. night just destroyed another movie; im just mad he had to ruin the last airbender. please save your money... this isnt even a renter

well i feel i should say one positive thing.. Dev Patel played a good prince zuko and was the only good thing about the movie. everything else was junk

Jul 02, 2010 - TigerMan13 on The Last Airbender
Best movie I've seen since Avatar!!!

I'm a HUGE fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and when I saw that they were making a movie, I just HAD to see it. I'm glad that I got to see it today, the day it came out. I really liked the effects. The only thing is they pronounced some names wrong, and Uncle Iroh, Zuko, and Ozai looked worng, and Katara was missing her hair-loopies.

(Hair-loopies: Sokka trademark)

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