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Movie Review

Avatar

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking.

Reviewed by: Daniel Thompson
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Primary Audience:
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Thriller, IMAX 3D
Genre:
Teens, Adults
Length:
2 hr. 46 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
December 18, 2009 (wide—3,300+ theaters)
DVD: April 22, 2010
August 27, 2010 (limited re-release with 8 min. added)
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Featuring: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Dr. Grace Augustine), Stephen Lang (Colonel Miles Quaritch), Joel Moore (Norm Spellman), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon), Laz Alonso (Tsu’tey), Wes Studi (Eytukan), CCH Pounder (Moat), more »
Director: James Cameron
Producer: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment, Giant Studios, Ingenious Film Partners, Lightstorm Entertainment, Brooke Breton, James Cameron, Jon Landau, Josh McLaglen, Janace Tashjian, Peter M. Tobyansen, Colin Wilson
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

“An all new world awaits”

Expectations for James Cameron’s “Avatar” have been through the roof for several reasons. Claimed to be more than ten years in the making, Director Cameron came out at this year’s Comic Con and made the statement that the film would be a ‘game-changer’ for movies from a technological standpoint. Also, rumors circulated that it’s the most expensive film ever made, with budget projections anywhere from 250 to 500 million dollars. Add to that Cameron, the director of the highest grossing film of all time, “Titanic.” The fact that he only directs a film every ten years or so adds to a hype machine that’s already at full power. Unfortunately, while “Avatar” dazzles on a technical level, it falls woefully short on a dramatic one.

On Pandora, a planet light years from Earth, there is a substance called unobtainium that is so valuable that humans have traveled to Pandora to retrieve it. The Pandora natives are called the Na’vi, and a group of them are living directly on top of the biggest unobtainium deposit on the planet. Parker Selfridge (Giovanni Ribisi giving the best performance of the film) is in charge of removing the Na’vi from the area and retrieving the unobtainium. Militarily, war crazy Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) thinks the best course of action is to remove the Na’vi by force. Conversely, scientist Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) suggests a more diplomatic solution. She has developed a method that takes human DNA and creates Na’vi avatars that are basically humans in Na’vi bodies. Augustine feels that if these avatars can earn the trust of the natives, they can talk them into moving off of the wanted land. One of the avatars is former marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who successfully infiltrates the Na’vi population and is able to learn their ways.

While this sounds quite dense, it’s actually quite the opposite. The plot for “Avatar” is a basic one that’s been injected with a few new elements, as well as some Sci-Fi jargon. It boils down to Jake originally learning from the Na’vi solely to make them move, only to find out that he has a connection with the people, realizing that it’s the humans who are really in the way. He is specifically drawn to their way of life, love of nature, and their belief in the deity Eywa, who is in charge of balancing nature.

From a technical aspect, “Avatar” soars. Created specifically for 3D viewing, the world of Pandora comes to life. Rich colors and creative creatures fill the screen and wow the eye. The Na’vi were created through extensive motion capture and green screen filming. For the most part they look real, aside from a few moments where they come into contact with humans or make sudden movements. It’s only then that they look animated. But overall the film, which is 60% computer generated, looks and feels like the real thing, and for this Cameron and crew should be applauded.

It’s a shame that the movie itself didn’t nearly live up to the visual effects. Several big problems keep “Avatar” from being the epic masterpiece that Cameron envisioned. While the performances are mostly good across the board, they suffer greatly from the script. It’s not a good sign when there is loud laughter in the theater during emotional moments in a movie. Some of the lines are downright absurd and create some of the worst dialog this side of a George Lucas film. Also, the length of the film was an issue to me and seemed to be with almost everyone in the sold out theater. Clocking in at almost three hours, the visuals only take the film so far before things start to get tedious. Several people left early. While there is definitely an epic feel to “Avatar,” the characters just don’t resonate enough emotionally to sustain the film over the entire running time. While a massive battle scene at the end is quite a sight to behold, it’s just too little too late.

The content in “Avatar” fits safely within the PG-13 rating and does not push any boundaries. The language is heavy, but fairly standard for a movie involving the military. God’s name is misused a number of times as well as some other profanities. The violence is heavy in some parts of the film, but mostly bloodless. The Na’vi wear very little clothing, and while their bodies do resemble that of humans, there’s nothing graphic, explicit, or even really sexual about their appearance. Also, the Na’vi religion is very naturalistic, as their god Eywa is basically mother nature, and this is lauded in the film.

Special Effects in movies have come quite a long way, and “Avatar” is another giant step forward from a visual perspective, but a disappointment otherwise. While other epic films like “The Lord of the Rings” or “Star Wars” films have indelible characters and great story to go along with the effects, “Avatar” does not. If you must go, you’re better off paying the extra money to see it in 3D, as the visuals alone are almost worth the price of admission. But if you’re looking for some substance with your style, don’t believe the hype and steer clear of “Avatar.”

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate

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Positive
Positive—Excellent movie, well worth the wait. The special effects are mind-boggling, but even more so is director James Cameron’s imagination… The world he’s created has incredible detail and is very fleshed out. It’s full of wonderfully creative images, from the plants to the bizarre and often colorful creatures that inhabit the planet Pandora. The motion capture is brilliant; I will never complain about its use again, as long as it’s done like this. Finally, it’s able to convey the same emotions as an actor on-screen. The storytelling is quite good for the most part, but thin in places—the film’s crucial flaw. Some characters are underdeveloped, but it’s mostly decent and certainly doesn’t ruin the experience. Content-wise, there’s some iffy stuff.

The violence isn’t too bad. If your kids can handle the latter two Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Star Wars-Episode III or comic book movies like “Iron Man,” they ought to be able to handle this. It’s bloodless, and all violence is reserved for the final act—only one character dies prior to this event, and it’s only shortly prior. Some important characters die, though, more than in most sci-fi action/adventure movies, so that might be unsettling to youngsters.

The sexual content is not as bad as the rating might lead you to believe. Two of the alien Na’vi are seen kissing; they then lie down, and are moments later said to be “mated for life.” Nothing is seen; it’s shorter and subtler than the scene in Iron Man. The revealing clothing worn by the Na’vi may also be seen as a concern. The biggest problem is the profanity—there’s plenty of it, and the primary offender is the s-word. A couple of uses of God’s name in vain as well. Overall, though, “Avatar” is quite an experience. I highly recommend it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Matt Triponey, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I realize that some of the scenes were completely against scripture. There is no mother earth, and their way of praying was not correct. However, that said, this movie was very well made, was a good escape for the day, and the special effects were marvelous. If someone was offended by the lack of bible in this movie, I could understand that, but sometimes a little fantasy does not hurt anyone. I went with my hubby and my 2 older children, and we all enjoyed a day in another world.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Teri, age 51 (USA)
Positive—…Great sci-fi adventure, not for little ones, for sure; the visuals are WOW! and the storytelling made me shed a tear or two, it has action and a very touching love story, I won’t spoil anything!! you must watch it by yourself. In my childhood and early teens there were movies which impressed so much my imagination and led me to be fascinated with science fiction; STAR WARS, E.T., FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, JURASSIC PARK… now I could add “Avatar” in the list… I liked, I didn’t find nothing anti religious, although some swearing words, for me it just a good sci-fi fantasy, in fact there are far worse movies which directly attack Christianity.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Daniel, age 31 (Panama)
Positive—I saw this tonight with my husband, and we both enjoyed it. I was offended by 2 things… -They use the Lord’s name in vain a lot, I lost count at how many times. -The way the tribe people prayed was a bit weird, and I didn’t like it. That being said, I did like this film despite those issues. The effects were awesome, and the storyline was very good. Also, being physically disabled, I appreciate the fact that even though one of the characters was also disabled, it was shown in a positive light. I really liked that this movie was about defending those that you love, at least that was part of the message to me. You will enjoy this movie if you like action flicks. It’s one of the best (effects wise) that I have seen this year, and I am glad that we saw it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sarah, age 26 (USA)
Positive—I thought this was a technical marvel, the first big screen movie to make intelligent use of the new “real D” technology. The story is simple but effective with some excellent set pieces. I disagree with this reviewer over the issue of dramatic thrust, as the film kept me gripped throughout. The viewer gets a real sense that this beautiful world of Pandora is in danger, and the death defying feats that Jake is put through are nothing short of thrilling. The main issue of concern for Christian audiences is the New Age spirituality that underpins the film (I’m surprised the reviewer didn’t pick up on this.). The concept of a collective cosmic consciousness is strongly emphasized amongst the Na’vi and their deity is basically the “Gaia” of New Age spirituality. This should sound alarm bells in the mind of discerning Christian’s. Having said that, the basic ecological of the film is (I believe) a positive one. The virtue of self-sacrifice is also powerfully extolled in the movie, making this an ultimately uplifting and exhilarating experience.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Ben Tabberer, age 30 (United Kingdom)
Positive—After having viewed this movie in its entirety twice, both in 3-D and normal, I must say it is one of the best if not the best new movie I have seen this year. It is an aesthetically beautiful movie and truly moved me. While there is much with which I disagree in regard to theology and ideology, one must remember that this is not a “Christian” film. I would not recommend taking children to see this movie—it is rated PG-13 for a reason.

Though some have said that the script and story are poorly done, I would disagree. I admit the story is predictable, but I never felt cheated or disinterested in this movie. The second time through simply revealed aspects I had previously missed. The characters are not forgettable or cheesy, and they gained my heart or my disdain as the writers and directors intended. Honestly, I cried multiple times throughout the movie, and I am not led easily to tears by films.

I have heard some say the film is “anti-American” or against the Iraq war, but I do not think that is the case. The film deals with issues of humanity. The messages in the film were actually very good for me to consider, as the story caused me to view anew the issues of genocide, the massacres of the Native Americans, racism, and cultural snobbery. I did struggle watching the scenes where their naturalistic religion was portrayed, as this is certainly against Scripture, but it is similar to real life in that sense—it caused me to think instead of real cultures where the truth and love of Christ are so needed, and yet we must consider the culture of the people and see them as Christ sees them. It broke my heart to think about what has been done throughout history and is still being done in the name of progress, out of selfish greed, and even in the name of Christ when other peoples and cultures are viewed as being of lesser worth and “barbaric” because of how they live.

I loved the movie. And I’m going to buy it when it comes out on DVD. “Avatar” receives two thumbs up from this viewer.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Aleisha, age 24 (USA)
Positive—First, I would like to say that I am a firm believer in Christ, as a born again Christian. Secondly, I am also a science fiction fan. I was anticipating “Avatar” from the time the first teaser came out, and now, after having seen it I was not disappointed. “Avatar” is an exceptional film from a CGI standpoint. James Cameron felt that he could make the film, but only after seeing what Peter Jackson and WETA did in The Lord of the Rings with Gollum. For me, this is the only film SINCE The Lord of the Rings trilogy that I felt had the same life-like qualities. You, as the viewer (especially with 3D), become a part of the story. You feel the elation of the characters, the grief, the beauty, and the life that you are viewing. Pandora is a beautiful imaginary planet, teeming with exotic and yet somehow familiar flora and fauna. James Cameron takes every single person in the audience on their own tour of this alien world… From a moral standpoint, there were some issues. There was cursing, mostly the S word and occasionally both B words, and taking the Lord’s name in vain. The latter was more offensive to me, in being a Christian.

The Na’vi are a fierce, beautiful, and yes, somewhat primitive race. They wear primarily what native tribes used to wear: loincloths for everyone, and for the women, feathered necklaces or beaded belts on top. From a woman’s standpoint, though, I was probably more offended in The New World or even the new Indiana Jones (the ancient Mayans and their loincloths), since those were actual people dressed like that. The Na’vi do not share complete physiological similarities with humans, and for me, at least, it was not intrusive. But everyone will have to judge that for themselves …There is a minor scene of sensuality between a male and female Na’vi, which I took to mean as a wedding bond (it is mentioned that they are now mates for life, and like the eagle, will only ever take one mate).

And then comes what makes or breaks the film for a Christian viewer. The religious aspect of the Na’vi. They believe in (essentially) Mother Earth. This is very close to Native Tribe religion here in the Americas, where the people are connected to everything around them (Mother Earth, trees, plants, certain animals, each other, etc.). Having read a very poignant book by Crying Wind (a member of the Kickapoo tribe who became a Christian), I understand how this religion is supposed to work. But it doesn’t, not truly, for those who believe in it (I would recommend reading Crying Wind’s books). Mother Earth does not exist, and there is no almighty connection to the planet on which we live (because of the sin committed first by Eve, then by Adam, we are severed from a friendly relationship with our planet, the animals who live here, and our fellow man).

I understand James Cameron’s desire to create someplace where everything is in harmony, but that will not happen, at least not until Jesus comes to claim his throne here. Now, I do keep up with current reviews on this film, and I know some see this film as dissing the War on Terror. My sister (who is an older Christian and went with me) discussed the context of the film. We both agreed that it was closer to Neo-Nazism, and that the head ex-military mercenary had characteristics of Hitler. But the clincher was that the trouble stemmed from a greedy corporate man… et, tu Wall Street?

I also felt that this film was a warning, to not let what happened in the 15th and 16th centuries happen again the future, yes, but also to tell people to be good stewards. The earth IS only beautiful so long as people care about what happens on it, that is a known fact. I have believed this for a while and care, so I was not offended. Overall, I think this film has good morals: be good stewards and don’t let greedy corporations or mercenaries prevent good people from acting. But if you go, view it as I viewed it please: it is still science fiction/fantasy. Think of it like an alternate planet earth (if Star Trek can do it… ) and then you should be able to enjoy the film, if nothing else than for the CGI. Age recommendations: 18 and up
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Caitlin, age 20 (USA)
Positive—This is going to be the new way to see a movie! James Cameron outdid himself in this one. The old style 3D used to make me nauseous, but this was outstanding! If one doesn’t mind allowing themselves to be immersed into the story and the concept, they will have an excellent movie viewing experience. The colors, imagery, the story, the concept and the outworld beauty will be nothing like one would see except in an art magazine or gallery. Thing is, what some might refer to as “pagan” seemed to be more spiritual in my perspective. The belief of “Mother Earth” has been a part of, and still is in many cultures, ever since man felt there was something bigger than him. It is something I didn’t have a problem with, even as a believer in Jesus Christ. After all, what is so wrong about having a “connection” with everything and everyone in your world? But that is just me. Having some kind of connection with our world, rather than stripping it of resources makes more sense. Even as a believers, shouldn’t we work for a connection with our world and each other? As far as their connection to their world and the living things around them, well, you’ll see why they need their tails. If only making a connection were so easy for us. That is why I saw nothing offensive Biblically.

The native peoples in this are shown to not wear much in clothing, just loincloths and well placed ornamental feathers. As far as “sexual” content, when the two main characters do get together, it is meant for life, and “not the moment”. What one sees is very brief, no nudity or grabbing. They choose each other, and have to show their worthiness to one another. Everything, and everyone has a place, a part to be, on their world. The “invaders” are the typical corporate/military who do not have a problem with eliminating the native “humanoids”/species just for a certain mineral. They have no concept of, or a belief of any kind it seems. The money and gains they take are their “god”. They have a belief in their own superiority, as opposed to “fly-bitten tree monkeys”. There are though, a few who “didn’t sign up” for what the “invaders” are going to do. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it makes more of a “sense” to me to desire, to have a connection in some way with the people around me, as well as the ground I walk on. I would rather believe in something good, connect with what I can, than to not. After all, were it not for God, for Jesus that we do have ground to walk on? Water to drink? Air to breathe? We go by faith only on what we believe. Not one of us “knows”, we may declare we do, proclaim we do, but, none of us really, really know. Any who have a belief in something bigger than they can see, hear or sense is going by faith. None of us will really know until our death.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jesse Combs, age 56 (USA)
Positive—I went with a bunch of our kids (ages 12-17) from church, yes, there was swearing, cussing whatever unfortunately. We loved it though. We didn’t take it all too seriously. Most sci-fi or fantasy flicks can’t be taken too seriously, and I tell the kids that. It’s just a movie but wow, this one was an amazing, imaginative one. It was long, but it flew by, no one in our theater left and no one laughed at inappropriate times. I recommend it!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kimberly Johnson, age 49 (USA)
Positive—While the movie makes strong strides toward the cosmic humanism category in that God is in all, all is one, everything and everyone is connected together, coming from Hollywood… this should not be a surprise to anyone. The real reason for seeing the movie is the special effects, vivid colors, and imaginative universe… in 3D. If you go see the move… see it in 3D. The storyline is extremely predictive and the movie, I believe, would receive a lot higher reviews if the profanity is left out. My wife and two sons loved the movie and we discussed the nature of “worship” of the tribe and compared it to how some people actually think in the real world. If language is a reason not to go see the movie, then don’t go see it. But if you know what you believe, why you believe it, and how this movie departs from the Christian faith, then the special effects will surprise you if you see it… BUT… you have to see it in 3D or you’ll waste your money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Terry, age 44 (USA)
Positive—“Life is but a dream.” James Cameron finally delivers, giving us action that’s not over the top violent, just enough romance without nudity (though the Na’vi are scantily clad) and a script that isn’t overrun with profanity… but there is some. The plot is not complicated, another planet has something earth’s humanity wants so we send our military to get it. With a “give it to us or we’ll take it” attitude, it makes some of earth’s humanity (“sky people” in the film) appear the same as our real spiritual enemy who comes “to kill, steal, and destroy”. The only peaceful solution is to get a section the Na’vi inhabitants to move away from their massive sacred tree so the military can destroy it and get the valuable “unobtainium” from beneath the ground below it. Having figured out a way to become like them, the military sends Sully, a disabled vet, to infiltrate their tribe and try to get them to move. An interesting part of the plot is, Sully must be asleep within a chamber in his reality to become awakened as a Na’vi on their planet. When he awakens as a human, his Na’vi counterpart (which is not disabled) is lifeless. Sully sympathizes with the Na’vi and decides he likes their way of life better than being human. It doesn’t hurt that he falls for the female Na’vi through whom he tries to connect with their race. (Sounds a bit like “Dances With Wolves”)

Ultimately he runs out of negotiating time and the military attack and in 3D, we are treated to some of the best mostly air battle sequences on film. From a Christian standpoint, the main problem with the film’s point of view is that the Na’vi worship their tree as their source of life and with what you become a part of after death. This is where you can teach your children how that is the polar opposite of Christianity. Man was not created by or for the sake of earth. The earth was created for man … Gen. 1:26—“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” “Avatar” is pure fiction. If you understand that going in, you will be treated to a beautiful introduction to the finally nearly perfected art of 3D in motion pictures. James Cameron has set the bar and it will be pretty difficult to top it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jeff Leslie, age 52 (USA)
Positive—Everyone else has addressed the language, the “National Graphic” style nudity and new age religious aspects of this movie. I wanted to call out several aspects of the movie that I haven’t seen discussed. The New Age religions today are totally and completely void of relationship. Those that worship the Earth do so with no reciprocity. The Earth doesn’t communicate back to its adherents. James Cameron took Earth worship to a new extreme by creating a planet and race that lived in harmony that had real communication. To me, this is a point to use in discussing the movie for evangelical purposes. Cameron himself is so desperate for relationship that he creates a world where it actually happens. We are all longing to communicate with “The Divine,” yet all of the religions man engages in are one way—except Christianity. God has communicated with us many ways—through nature, through the Scripture, through His Son and through the Spirit. We don’t need to find a world where we can plug in, ala the Matrix, in order to commune with God. We can “plug in” by accepting Jesus Christ as our personal savior and then be filled with His Holy Spirit.

Next, I think the movie shows a false view of the skeptical nature of science. The scientist character, Grace Augustine, is open to Eywa, the Na’Vi’s deity, not simply because she respects their culture, but because she believes herself. That’s very uncommon in today’s scientific circles where science tends to mock those of faith. What’s even more strange about her to me is her name. St. Augustine is considered, at least by the Catholic Church, to be the “Doctor of Grace”, so in the movie “Dr Grace Augustine” is a pretty strong allusion to this great defender of the faith. I’m not sure why Cameron chose that name, because at first glance, there is nothing distinctly Christian about “Avatar,” in fact, I would say it’s distinctly non-Christian. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s anti-Christian, because the movie doesn’t bash the Faith, so much as it bashes out-of-control capitalism. The religious themes are all naturalism and pantheism, so the main scientist’s name, while distinctly Christian, doesn’t fit unless Cameron is trying to get some message across to believers. If anything, that message would be that capitalism, without compassion, is ungodly. If that’s his message, then anyone of faith can agree with that.

All of that being said, if you look deeper, there is Christian message in “Avatar”, although I doubt it is intended. Jake Sully has to be “born again”, as Na’Vi before he starts making decisions that are righteous. When the movie starts, his goal is to help the corporation, via the military, accomplish its goals. By the time he fully commits to the Na’Vi, his goals change to protect and nurture. He has to commit several acts of faith before that transformation occurs, but I won’t spoil what those are. While some have said they thought the plot was too basic and there wasn’t much development, I think “Avatar” is much deeper than just a good effects movie. Like an onion, once you start peeling back the layers, you might find some very interesting nuggets.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kevin, age 40 (USA)
Positive—I cannot believe this movie only has 2.5 stars on moviemaking quality. This was one of the most visually astounding and quality movies I have ever seen. The 3D experience immerses you in the movie. It seems folks leaving Negative reviews here have the expectation that a PG-13 movie will have nothing bad in it, and something out of the very secular California movie studios won’t be Christ-centered.

Language: There’s language. Nothing terrible, but there’s language to be expected in a PG-13 movie. It is not as bad as war movies or some crude comedies. While they could have done without it (ANY movie can do without language), I wasn’t overly offended by the language. There were a couple times where I thought it COMPLETELY unnecessary, however I can walk down the street and think the same thing. I’d say it’s light for what other PG-13 movies contain.

Violence: It’s a story of the local people having their village taken over by a military force that wants natural resources. They fight back. There’s going to be violence. Spears, knives, bullets, bombs. Nothing terribly graphic though. I’d say Violence is pretty light for what PG-13 could’ve been.

Sensuality: Need to realize there’s a lot of “skin” in here, albeit graphically generated. Everything remains covered but think about remote African tribes here: loin cloths, etc. There was also one suggestible scene, I’ll address it below. I’d say this is average for a PG-13 movie. As a movie from the secular world, I had no expectations for Christ-centered ANYTHING in it. And this is the case. Once more: think about remote tribes. They worship the earth, as does the characters in this movie. They hold the belief that all life is intertwined, trees talk to each other, etc. Not unheard of in remote tribes at all. One plus I saw is this movie did promote the “mate for life”. “Mating” was implied between the two characters, but only after the main character was accepted, they accepted each other, and they became mates for life. Once more, in remote tribes: there’s no walk-down-the-aisle ceremony, either.

Again, visually astounding. The 3D totally immerses you into the movie. I don’t ever remember having such recollection of the movie the next day as I do today, because of that. I would definitely see this film again. Please note it’s PG-13, it’s not a cartoon for kids, and it’s not something for those easily offended. ALL of the above (Being true to how remote tribes’ belief systems usually are, how they dress, act, fight, etc) made this a totally believable movie. The only thing far fetched is the science of the humans (This is a different planet, the humans use tech we aren’t even close to nowadays, and perhaps will never acquire). The ONLY bad point I could really have against the movie is the length. It’s a long one, once you factor in waiting for the movie to start and whatnot, count on 3 hours.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Zac, age 20
Positive—This movie was fantastic. Sure, there is the aforementioned foul language and sensuality, but for someone to give this movie a negative review because of that, or because these “aliens” have their own belief system is just ludicrous. You knew going in that this wasn’t “The Life and Times of Christ”. Oh, and that it was rated PG-13.

It boggles my mind how you folks can get so wound up when no one forced you to see this movie and you knew of its rating, etc. beforehand. I also can’t wrap my head around the fact that someone praised every aspect of this movie, yet gave it a negative review because the 3D effects made them dizzy afterward. Let’s get our reviews straight please. That’s like me saying I just ate the best steak I’ve ever had… but it was terrible because my fork was bent. To Mr. Roberts: I can’t wait to see your new movie coming out. I mean, I’m assuming you have some epic creation in the works with all the bashing you gave this film. Lighten up! Can such bitterness truly give you a satisfying life? There comes a point when negative comments are just that: Negative. There is nothing positive in your hearts. I suppose Star Wars plagiarized Star Trek, in your mind. To use a word that severe, I think perhaps the definition should first be learned. Lastly, how this movie can have a 2 1/2 star rating in moviemaking quality blows my mind. At this moment, this movie is the PEAK of quality. Let’s be realistic.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Aaron, age 30 (USA)
Positive—This was the best movie I have ever seen in my life. Unbelievable. I tried to see this movie through the lens of the bible. There are the “sky people” the “bad” world, where people have lost their “mother” (They have forsaken their God. They have traded Yahweh for what feels good and take whatever they want.). Then there are the people that live in Pandora—where everything is beautiful and connected—the ones, who in their “world” are born twice. Once from their mother’s womb and twice when they connect to their God and become part of their kingdom… a unity among all “believers”—in this movie, she is female. Yes, this was a fantasy movie, with all kinds of action and twists and turns ~ lots of what we would call “nature worship” and the like. But permit me to turn it around and use it as a “word picture” if you will. When we are born again, we connect with God. We surrender to him. He takes our old body, and His power goes into a brand new one. We become a new creation. I saw glimpses of this throughout the movie.

The world we live in takes so much for granted. We take what we want, no matter whose lives are destroyed in the doing. So long as it “feels” right. That is what happened in the story. One man decides to be different. To take a chance and become one of the community on Pandora. He gives his life—including the chance to walk again in his world—to make a difference—to do the right thing—to be part of the people of their kingdom. Ultimately, he is born the second time—when he gives up the old man and takes on the new man. There, he can walk and run and is restored completely.

Note how his heart changes from the beginning of the story to the end. I gave this movie 4.5 because the language was unnecessary and spoiled it. It did however show the terseness of the sky people and how corrupt they had become. BUT, totally unnecessary all the same.

The tribal people could have worn more clothing. There is a scene where he chooses a woman for his “paired mate” and they entwine in embrace. It is implied that their choosing each other in intimacy, sealed them to each other as a mated pair… as in, there is no wedding in that culture, but the mutual choosing and “mating” as put in the movie, is their form of matrimony. There was nothing explicit, but it was implied. Personally, a kiss and embrace and a scene change would have told the story just as well, without showing the entwining so to speak.

I find that you can take this as a silly movie, or you can dig deeper and see it as your own story. Living in the world and living under the covering of the great YWH, and knowing that we are new creations in Him. The old things have passed away and he has made all things new. This is not a movie for children, and I believe that 13 and above would be okay with it.

I do however, ALWAYS encourage parents to PREVIEW a movie FIRST, before letting kids of any age view it. Claire
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Claire, age 40 (USA)
Positive—My wife and I wanted to see this movie and we saw lots of Negative reviews but decided to go anyway. First off the 3-D is AMAZING. I am usually not that big of a fan of 3D but this movie is perfect it was made for 3D rather then making a movie as 2D then adding a few 3D elements as a gimmick. WOW the visuals on Pandora are amazing the trees when they walk on them they glow and at night many plants glow like night lights its just beautiful.

Yes, the Na’vi worship Mother Earth or I guess to them Mother pandora. But its a movie. And I guess if you wanted to you can take the war against the Na’vi as some have as a symbol of the war in Iraq and how we need to leave Iraq alone. I don’t see it as such but then again I enjoy movies. I don’t go to the movie and sit there for 2 hours thinking how this is moral or not moral. Now I don’t like language in a movie and I wont see nudity in a movie. This movie has some strong language but I have heard worse from PG movies and Die hard 4 movie. It could have been easily done without and no one would have missed it.

The Na’vi do wear very little clothing but its just what you would see from Native Americans or other tribes in the world. I went to the movie with the mindset its just a movie its an escape from reality for 3 hours to just enjoy. If your going to go see it see it in 3D that’s the way to see it. Again I must give James Cameron and crew props for the amazing visual effects and the realism that it looks. The movie of course has no Christian theme to it but still the movie is amazing.

There are no major plot twists but its still a great movie I get bored at movies normally anything much over 2 hours but I was happy sitting there this movie at almost 3 hours. My wife enjoyed it as well. We loved the effects and she normally does not like 3D because it gives her a headache, but she said this movie did not bother her at all and she enjoyed it just as much as I did. This is a great movie and I recommend it.

I would love to see this type of movie making quality on a christian film. That saddens me sometimes that Hollywood can make a visually stunning movie and then great movies like star wars and Star trek but yet Christian companies can not. Final thought. SEE THE MOVE IN 3D. Just enjoy the movie for what it is and forget the mother earth stuff in it. Sure I would love to see the Na’vi be Jesus Followers but maybe they need to make a movie of someone coming to teach them about Jesus in the next film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jason, age 33 (USA)
Positive—This film was a masterpiece, both visually and in terms of plot. It was affecting, it was relevant, and it was simply beautiful and heartbreaking to watch. Throughout the entire thing I was involved, and felt as though I were present in the film, observing and participating in the issues the characters found themselves in.

Though this film clearly takes place in a sci-fi future, it had extremely poignant ties to our world’s history—the destruction and assimilation of many cultures, aboriginal and not. For those who believe this is not relevant to Christians, lest we forget many peoples have been killed and destroyed in terrible ways in the name of our Lord.

I would like to address a few things that a lot of people seem to find negative from a Christian standpoint. First, is the nature of the “Mother Earth” deity. More specifically, Eywa. I would like to point out that “Eywah” is an anagram of “Yaweh”. This in and of itself leads me to interpret this Na’vi culture as one that knows God (if we’re looking at this in a non-alternate world way), loves God, and believes full-heartedly in God. I saw nothing wrong with their method of prayer—in fact, it reminded me of speaking in tongues, which is a Biblical practice. They shared a relationship with their God—is this not what we strive for as followers of Christ?

The “nudity” was not nudity. I find it an outdated colonialist view that their tribal wear was offensive. There are many followers of God on other continents who wear their tribal clothing similar to that of the Na’vi. The Na’vi were not immodest. They were reverent of the land, and they were reverent of their bodies. I am also a painter, and the aesthetic of the Na’vi people was striking. If you are hesitant to see this film because of this talk of “nudity”, I suggest you go see it anyway. The body is not ugly, it is something to be celebrated, which is why God made our bodies, and I suppose in this movie’s world, the Na’vi’s bodies, the way that they are.

But even more than all of this, I would urge you to see the film for its relevance to our society today. This entire film is about the love of others and of the earth. Though God created the earth and all that is contained within to serve man, Christ also said that we must love, that love is the greatest commandment of all.

It is not difficult to look at this as fiction, as alternate, and it should not be difficult to see God in stories such as these. If you are offended by the imagery and “magical” elements in “Avatar”, then you shouldn’t be watching “Shrek” or any other Disney movie, either. The last time I checked they don’t mention magical genies in the Bible, and yet we allow our children to watch “Aladdin,” do we not?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Joy, age 19 (Canada)
Positive—Hero’s tale, told eloquently, with wonderful wildlife and an especially beautiful understanding of male and female energy. I laughed, I cried, I cried while laughing and laughed while crying. If I get a chance I’ll see it in 3D, but there was so much, at so many levels, I don’t feel like I missed anything essential.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Tom Jeffries, age 61 (USA)
Positive—I went to see this movie just because of James Cameron. The movie far surpassed my expectations and helped increase my knowledge of God. It helped me realize how our body is this vessel for our soul, and, in this movie, the soul was easily transferred into another body, just as God will give us a new body in heaven.

I am tired of people giving Satan credit for this movie. Our God is big enough to make anything positive and good for the kingdom. Use this movie to teach older kids and believers about God and the wrong about the nature worship. We are in this world, not of it.

Yes, they use the Lord’s name in vain and, also, are partially nude, but last I checked, nobody got aroused from it, I wouldn’t have even noticed if I hadn’t read the reviews about the clothing. We are not using the Lord’s name in vain, and paying for the movie is not supporting it. If Jesus paid to go inside of a gathering and people used God’s name in vain would Jesus be supporting it? No! I feel strongly that if the enemy has his nose in what God is doing in us, we should have our noses in what he is doing and use it against him. Use this movie to glorify God, not Satan.

There are very godly actors and actresses who were a part of this movie. It is what you make of it, and I choose to give God credit and worship. Thank you God for giving actors and actresses the amazing talents you do. Thank you for the special effects and creativity you have given to editors, animators, and James Cameron. I pray you will use this movie to open believer’s minds to how great Heaven will really be and so much more beautiful than the forests than even in this movie. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ryan D, age 19 (USA)
Positive—This film was a great way of showing the consequences of economic exploitation that occurs daily in a capitalistic society and how they affect the indigenous culture. The only offensive aspect was that the conquerors while being accurate are extremely hostile and violent in order to extract the raw resources. There is also a sensual scene between the two main characters without them being married. I also like how it relates to the extraction of oil in the Middle East and “Operation Shock and Awe.” Audiences should keep in mind that exploitation occurs everyday with American brand names. So just remember that your pair of Wranglers are made in Guatemala by young women with no other jobs to choose from are being paid a few dollars a week.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Ronnie, age 21 (USA)
Positive—As I was watching this movie, I kept trying to figure out why Cameron chose ‘Sully’ to describe his Messiah/Savior figure. One thing I was certain of was, that he just didn’t randomly choose some meaningless name for our main hero—for a movie of THIS magnitude. (Recall his movie 'Terminator', the savior/character “John Connor” (J.C.) Then it finally hit me: (Jake) Sully is very similar sounding to ‘Soleil’ (‘So-Lay’), meaning (in French) ‘Sun’ or in our case, ‘Son’! He is the Chosen Son of Eywa (Yahweh)! (…and it’s obvious Eywa did ‘Choose’ Jake, by way of those floating ‘pure-spirit’ globs). And then there’s that “Rebirth/Born Again” scene at the end…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Steve, age 44 (USA)
Positive—The spirit of the “Avatar” movie was good. There is one scene that I had to close my eyes, because I don’t believe in lust of the eyes. The same scene (for me) fit the bible, but can be viewed as unbiblical by others depending on what character you judge and their motives. There were many interesting life issues brought up that reflect historical reality. Some of the aliens reminded me of cultures in other parts of the world in their choice of dress. I feel in my culture that the choice of dress would be not modest at all. This tribal choice of clothing may cause others to stumble in their walk with the Lord. If that is not the person’s issue, then I would give the movie a score of Good (except the one scene brought the score down to Better than Average). I would rate it Average if the barely clothed aliens causes lust of the mind and heart through the eyes. So, give or take the nakedness stuff, I give it an overall rating of Better than average. I am not rating it average because the spirit of the movie and the reflection of real life was really good and many interesting view points were expressed.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Sara D, age 31 (USA)
Positive—This film is a ground breaker technically, hats off to the film crew—the 3-D wow effect is awesome, made me think about the wow factor when we get to heaven. The theme is pro nature, with a good stewardship message. Anti corporate greed, and sadly anti American military (which was uncalled for and could have been handled better in order to honour those that give Mr. Cameron the freedom to make his films). Loved the… you have to be born twice message—some really good loving and caring principles. Have never done this before, but will go and see it again—after I’ve seen “The Book of Eli.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lynn, age 55 (Canada)
Positive—Avatar is worth seeing in 3D for the graphics of the alien forests. It is good entertainment. I don’t find the religious overtones of the pagan worship of the Mother Goddess offensive. I think the “animals are my brothers and sisters” may be Native North American philosophy. The science stretches the imagination. The search for exoplanets is current science. Pandora is supposed to be revolving around a Jupiter-like planet with a metallic hydrogen core emitting magnetic fluxes causing the obtanium (Neodimium?) Hallelujah Mountains (Huangshan lookalike mts.) to float. Has anyone done the math to see if it is possible? There’s no mention of what technology was used to transport people from Earth to Pandora. That makes Pandora more of a mythical place.

The Na’vi religion looks a cute nature worship via a neurological connection. We never do see two Na’vi plugging their pigtails together. Not much explanation or discussion online of the poisonous (hydrogen sulfide) atmosphere. See James Cameron’s deep ocean diving documentary (2004?). There are creatures that can metabolize hydrogen sulfide via symbiotic relationship with bacteria. So do the Na’vi have bacterial filled organs to breath hydrogen sulphide? There’s stories of people getting depressed after seeing the movie. I wonder why? I went home and listened to Julie True’s song “You are Here Lord”…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Keith B., age 55 (Australia)
Positive—This movie is probably the best movie I will ever see. Everything about this movie was awesome. Unbelievable experience from a movie! I was left astounded from it for a while.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Matthew, age 24 (USA)
Positive—I really enjoyed this movie, being a science fiction fan. The visuals were stunning, but I won’t say much about that. The plot was no brain-bender, being pretty straightforward without much in the way of surprises. But it was incredibly watchable. Yeah, there were a lot of doo-doo words, but I think it’s standard fare for a movie with so many soldiers in a hostile environment. So for this PG-13 flick, the strong language was justified. (At least from a thematic point of view.) Still not necessary, of course.

Another thing I noticed about this movie was the fact that unlike so many other humanoid aliens in movies (I’m looking at you, Star Trek), the Na`vi had more than just ridges on their foreheads to distinguish them from “us.” Not only are they 9 feet tall, they are blue, rather than a human shade of brown, and have feline features without looking too “catlike”—not to mention the nerve cord they braid into their long hair.

Which brings me to the next point. They are NOT having sexual experiences with this neural “extension cord.” I believe anyone who immediately assumes that is just sick-minded. Their (literal) connection to the beasts of burden, flying creatures, and whatever else they use as a mount, is a form of symbiosis. The way the Na`vi and the flora / fauna of Pandora can interconnect, shows me that there is a single Creator that designed them with the apparatus to do so. (Exactly the way some Earth creatures co-exist—like those parasite-eating birds and the large animals they live on.) I can easily dismiss the whole nature worship thing with a reminder that, yeah, there are people groups on our planet that deify their local landmarks, their heroes, and the powers of natural phenomena (thunder, lightning, volcanoes, etc.) and that this will always exist.

People, and groups of people, who don’t give glory to the Creator of the universe will always end up giving glory to the wonders of Nature… because they’ve never met its Author. I don’t get why people are so offended at the portrayal of an alien race [albeit based on both archetypes—and stereotypes—of tribal peoples] who don’t follow the Most High God. History, and human nature, will demonstrate that sentient beings (humans, Na`vi, etc.) will choose to settle for less than the majesty of Almighty God.

The humans in the movie are portrayed as selfish. (I think we can stop complaining, because we actually are this way.) They want the “unobtanium” at any cost, consumed by corporate greed. The only military personnel actively represented are all MERCENARIES, which is mentioned at the beginning of the movie. (They aren’t EVER specified as American, either.) Would anyone still be offended if the soldiers are just guns-for-hire, and not intended to represent G.I. Joes from your hometown? I think people are seeing the Devil under every rock, and looking for a chance to be offended by something that doesn’t apply to them.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—JT, age 22 (USA)
Positive—I thought the reviewer was a little harsh in giving “Avatar” an Offensive rating. Yes, it’s unfortunate, but there you are, a really big movie about contemporary (or futuristic) times will have this sort of thing. Realize it, and prepare yourself and family, if you want to see a film experience of your life. You, too, can be captivated by the movie’s visuals, which, even without 3-D, alas, are impressive. Still, it was incredibly beautiful, and the story was particularly clever, I thought.

For entertainment, you cannot beat a good idea, creative approach, excellent visuals, AND here is the key: a story true to the ideals of right and wrong. “Avatar” seemed, to me, to make abundantly clear what is really right and what is really evil; in doing so, “Avatar” championed what is best in people, including being able to give one’s life to protect the innocent and the good.

In the story, the Na’vi are an aboriginal, extra-terrestrial tribe of humanoids who lived in harmony with their planet, acknowledged a supreme being, and followed the precepts of their faith. They understood, hospitality and welcomed people when their faith asked it of them, even people from their “enemy camp”. The humans were invading their home world to get what they wanted—“unobtainiam”—and demonstrated every motivation from pure greed or war-mongering to pure altruism and much in between. The humans were not religious people, but some of them were very moral in terms of wishing to respect the beliefs of the indigenous Na’vi. The main character, Jake, was particularly interesting and transparent in his approach. The director took his time developing Jake’s relationship with the female Na’vi character, Neytira. It was almost as good as the real thing. No wonder Jake was so interested in getting back into his Avatar!

One really interesting concept from the movie was the ability of the Na’vi, and Jake as an Avatar, to physically connect with animals and plants on their world. As Christians desire to “abide with God”, they abided with their deity in a real way. This connecting with “God” changed Jake—what could be a better conversation starter with someone you want to introduce to the real Lord of the universe? That the two main characters expressed their love was done in such a way that it was irreproachable morally speaking.

I tried to muster disapproval, but could not, possibly because this was part of the computer-generated animation—it was really clean. Some lessons learned from this movie were that might does NOT make right, God answers prayers, kindness and honesty matter, and courage and faithfulness are valuable virtues. A GREAT movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Maria, age 51 (USA)
Neutral—Okay, so I am not sure exactly where I stand on this film. As a Christian the use of God’s name in vain is bad, but lets face the facts here. Cameron did not make this to be a Christian film. It is what it is, so to speak. It is military in some nature, and, yes, depending on the military issues, there is good and bad. I am a U.S. Air Force Veteran, so I do understand the concept here. It was not unusual in any way for the language to be off in that setting. It is in real life. There are some who are bad and some who are good. It is also a corporate setting. These thugs were not the military but hired guns, they were mercenaries in every way. So don’t get confused on that fact.

Now it does have a real comparison to the nature goddess. So again, let’s face the fact that this is not a christian movie. It was not meant to be. So as I took my sons to this I explained that the faith portrayal here was not what we believe and why.

It is my opinion that this movie is good. That as a christian it is your responsibility to explain the differences in faith. It is well done, but a little more could have been put into the plot line. more to the storyline. I feel if you stay in the dark on issues of other faith you will have no defense in which to defend and support your own. So learn, love, live and tell the world the TRUTH. But do it in love.

Don’t expect Hollywood to create Christian movies only… (they won’t.) (food for thought… in the movies the lion which and the wardrobe… just exactly what was up with the animals of make believe? And how about St. Nick. he was portrayed as a person with abilities of magic or whatever. the bow. the potion etc.… think about it all.

Fantasy is Fantasy. Compare it with real life and then do what you must to explain the truth to people. This movie was good… and it uses a lesson to teach what we do and don’t believe. Use it as a tool.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—David, age 41 (USA)
Positive—Okay, if anyone made it all the way to the bottom of this page… , I need to ask you to open your minds for a moment. The one big objection I’d have to this movie is that the Nav’i worship another god (and that this god is shown by the film to actually exist, in the story). But I’ve looked deeply into this film, and I think there are some gems for Christians. Yes, there are similarities to Buddhism, which does have some brands of wisdom, but there are also similarities to Christianity/Judaism. As my mother pointed out, there may be different worlds out there, and who’s to say how God would appear to the beings in them? Notice that the name Ey’wa is basically “Yahweh” mixed up. I also discovered that the word “Na’vi” in Hebrew means “prophet”. A Na’vi is a visionary or someone who communicates directly with God. Its pleural “Nevi’im” refers to the prophetic books of the Bible including Judges, Kings, and Isaiah (directly quoted from IMDB Avatar movie trivia).

The gorgeous lovemaking scene very strongly resembles the Song of Solomon: man and woman in nature, celebrating each other, as well as God’s Creation. And consider the powerful words of the song during the credits: has anyone noticed that they also resemble Solomon’s Song in one particular way? They portray something that mainly describes a romantic relationship, but also reflects our relationship with God. Note these phrases: “Now I live through you and you through me”… “Your love shines a way into paradise, so I offer my life as a sacrifice”… “Teach me how to see all that’s beautiful”… “Now I give my heart to you, I surrender”… I’ve listened to that song many times, and each time, more than anything else, I’m rejuvenated in Christ’s love for us. It’s He who I think of.

I do hesitate to recommend this film to influential, non-Christian minds. But as Christians, I think there’s definitely something to appreciate.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jennifer, age 26 (USA)
Positive—Once you get past the not so nuanced play against the capitalistic mindset, the movie is really a remarkable feat. You have seen movies where the computer generated characters are a bit wobbly and fake looking, but this movie almost has it down to a believable point. As a matter of fact, since the alien race is supposed to be much like the Native Americans, expect to see some implied nudity. Past all of that, the movie, in my opinion, ranks as one of the best sci-fi action movies. And I suspect AVATAR is really the first of a new kind of film where computer generated characters and scenes will dominate. I even suspect in the near future, live actors will give way to computer generated actors.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rodericke, age 42 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—Imagine “Dances with Wolves” set in a galaxy far, far away, and you will have the basic plot of “Avatar”… except that in this case the natives win in the end. There is the physically and spiritually damaged veteran, the noble and admirable native culture, and the evil and exploitative military-industrial complex. It’s all there—and all very predictable.

The CGI is definitely cutting edge; however, I was never “drawn in” to the alien world. It’s great 3-D, but one doesn’t lose sight of the fact that it’s just great 3-D. Still, a lot of imagination is clearly in evidence, even from a 2-D perspective. The commentator who mentioned the two-way aspect of the nature worship depicted was spot-on. Probably all the deceived Gaia worshipers out there wish their god was as responsive as good ol’ Pandora. Unfortunately, the only true God is not found in trees or any other aspect of the created universe, and those who seek Him there will be gravely disappointed. Because of the over-the-top animism portrayed in the film, I must give it a neutral rating—great visuals, terrible theology. Just know in advance what you’ll be getting if you decide to go see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chris, age 46 (USA)
Neutral—“Pocahontas” meets the ultra-libs’ view of the Vietnam war meets “Aliens” meets “Dances With Wolves,” delivered with astoundingly effective visual effects. A visual and visceral feast of brilliance and expense in service of a typically loony, idiotic liberal worldview.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jeremy Klein, age 54 (USA)
Neutral—I saw this film and was wowed by the visual effects, the colors, the various plant and animal life displayed, etc. There was quite a bit of swearing in the film and subtle nudity. I did think the Na’vi having to “link” up with the animal creatures was odd, even slightly disturbing. Also when they showed them chanting while in some hypnotic state to assist in the transfer of Grace to her Na’vi host, was a bit unsettling.

The main plot that depicts the humans being focused on financial gain at whatever means necessary was typical of unregenerate man (someone that is not born again). The movie displayed the attitude man has projected on to people and cultures deemed to be inferior for centuries. From the Roman Empire crushing all in it’s path, to the eradication of the Mayan, Aztec, American Indians, to the slave trade to the Holocaust. I believe that this film in regards to man’s indifference to other races and cultures; was right on. I was very pleased about the Na’vi’s sheer will and determination to defeat their attackers. I would tell people to use caution when deciding to view this movie; the profanity, subtle nudity and violence can be a detractor from the message that the movie is attempting to convey.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chaka, age 35 (USA)
Neutral—I loved the special effects and found Pandora, even though it is fictional, to be beautiful. The length did not bother me, but the script could of been better. The religious theme behind the story concerns me. For those who are seekers, it will lead them toward Gaia worshiping. There is a huge cultist movement going on, replacing the “Trekkies” with what they call themselves, the Avatards. To those who have a hard time believing this, one “Avatar” site, in just three weeks since the first showing, has over 3000 users and a movement called The Na’Vi Movement. There is also a lot of unsaved people who are having a hard time with depression due to what they see as a life and planet that they will never see. Those who are Christians and have seen the movie, choose an “Avatar” site and help those who are hurting, bringing Christ to them. in love. We all know that what He has prepared for us is more then any imagination, or film, can ever portray. They need to know this too and turn to Him who is the true God. God Bless!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Alan, age 56 (USA)
Neutral—“Avatar” is a three hour spectacle that defies description. Much has been written about the film’s technical aspects—for that reason alone, the movie is worth seeing.

From a moral standpoint, it appears to be a classic fight of good versus evil. However, were we to probe its outer shell, we would discover a message of underlying racism. The movie patronizes Native American and indigenous people, and exudes White guilt. Like “The Last Samurai,” it is a white man who saves the native population, becoming its leader. “Avatar” thus suggests that in the end only white civilization can aid indigenous people: a subtle racism that many Westerners share. We are given to believing that the Na’Vi lack flaws, and that their way of life is the paragon of excellence. Indeed, the Na’Vi embody the concept of the “other” with their blue skin and catlike appearance. They are foreign, enigmatic, and yet also sacred and holy. This is unambiguously patronizing.

Furthermore, the plot is highly unoriginal.

My biggest complaint about the movie, however, would have to be its main actor: Sam Worthington. Mr. Worthington vacillates between an Australian and American accent, leaving the viewer irritated and uncomfortable. James Cameron should have hired a more talented actor.

This review should not keep you from watching the movie. Rather, enter the film with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and keep in mind its subtle racism.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Cornelius C, age 22 (Canada)
Neutral—The writers must have borrowed the basic story from Al Gore but the film is way to creative for him to have been too involved. The computer graphics are very good, however, you’re essentially paying for a two hour and forty-five minute ad telling us how bad we humans are compared to the fictional race depicted. Earth worship, the ancient religion of witchcraft, is very favorably shown, of course. Wait for the DVD, so you don’t waste your money and help Hollywood’s stats. Why can’t they make a great film like this without an agenda, which is here immediately obvious to anyone with open eyes?
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Bob C, age 46 (USA)
Neutral—First off, I want to say that the special effects for this movie was simply amazing. From the landscape, the sky, the trees, the animals, the natives, everything down to the blades of grass on the ground, looked so realistic, it’s hard to imagine that they were computer generated. Artistically, the film was excellent and the special effects were definitely top notch in quality. If special effects alone is your thing, then you are in for a real treat should you decide to see this movie.

That being said, from a moral standpoint, I just want to caution Christian moviegoers that this is not a Christian film, but in all fairness to the film’s creators and producers, it never made such a claim, so one cannot argue that there was any hint of false advertising on their part. The questionable content of this film lies with the religion of the natives of the film called the Na’vi who inhabit a distant planet that people from Earth have named Pandora. Resembling Native American Indians down to the dress, hairstyles, face paint, and weaponry, the Na’vi worship a Mother Nature like deity known as Eywa that inhabits all aspects of the planet. Everything from the plants to the animals to the Na’vi are connected to each other by this deity and if one tries to harm any living thing on the planet, it affects the other inhabitants in a negative way.

Christians may also note that another aspect of the film that might be objectionable is when the Na’vi connect with the horse-like and bird-like native animals that they use for transportation. There is both a physical connection between the end of the hair of the natives and an appendage that can be found on the animals’ bodies as well as a spiritual connection as noted by the animals’ eyes widening and behavior changing when the hair and appendage are joined.

This movie is rated PG-13, so Christian parents should make it a point to talk to their preteen and teenage children about the spiritual aspects of this film before making a decision to see the movie.

Use this opportunity to educate them about the sovereignty of God over all living things both on this planet and in the universe and of the importance of recognizing that there is one and only one God in existence and that He is the sole creator, architect, guardian and overseer of all living things. If you are an adult and are new to the Christian faith, I would recommend not seeing this film since it might cause you to backtrack or stumble in your walk with Christ. Christians who are planning to see this film and are mature in their faith should pray for spiritual covering before seeing the film and use it as an opportunity for a teachable moment to discuss the different elements of the film from a Christian perspective.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Les, age 39 (USA)
Neutral—Before judging this movie morally I think the viewer has to ask themselves how would they view life on other planets and their relationship to God. The movie heavily focuses in on the creatures the Na’vi who have a religion that focuses in one a goddess who is creator and connector of all. Not so different from God, the Na’vis seek closeness with this goddess through her creation, through closeness with each other, and through prayer. The culture of the Na’vi is community based, with 2 leaders-a male leading the government and military and a female leading the church. Most humans in this movie are symbols for military, science and corporations-ultimately the routes made by people to gain power, knowledge and so forth… a handful of humans in the movie move their consciousness between their bodies and a Na’vi body made from them. They do this as an attempt to develop inter“national” relations between humans and the Na’vi, and to make sharing each others culture easier… the main character is a solider who replaces his brother (a scientist) for this job (and does it for money and for medical treatment of his disability). He has various motives for making connections with the Na’vi people (and they allow him in because of a sign of sorts left on him by the goddess).

The Na’vi teaches the humans how they are blind in how they live for themselves, taking without considerations… and don’t see that the goddess brings all things together. There is much criticism of the philosophy “progress for progresses sake.” The Na’vi are capable of connecting their brain to other creatures, the forestry, their ancestors and etc. ultimately all corruptions of humans are revealed. Also, throughout the film, 2 humans attempt to become a Na’vi permanently and to do this they must stand in judgment before the goddess, and if they fail they die. So as a viewer one could take several stances on this culture/religion introduced in the movie.

I say that one has to question themselves on what they would think of other life because if the viewer decides not to approach this idea then all they can do is watch the film and judge it based it on current life. Of course this stance will make the movie appear as a “dances with wolves” sort. Criticizing American military and perhaps comparing the Na’vi to the Iraqi people-or it could just be western society in comparison to all 3rd world nations. Bloodlust, greed and ignorance being the face of American or western society. The religion of the Na’vi would therefore have connection to pagan beliefs in comparison to western society. The goddess would appear as a direct contrast from the biblical God because she is female and the deity of the “pagans”.

Also the female priestess would seem to make this connections stronger because we know, Biblically, women are asked not to preach. However if one decides to consider “what if” the existence of these people they could come to different conclusions. the Na’vi are a different species and things such as gender could have completely different meaning then they do to us. But if they existed they would be God’s creation. God being a “female” for them could have much different meaning then our idea of female-especially if they lack an “Adam and Eve” history like we do. The deity is a single deity, through whom all things were made and through whom they seek to worship and all worship without question. It could bring about the possibility that if a species such as the Na’vi existed perhaps they are without sin and so can have such a direct connection with the one God through whom all things are created. This idea brings about a complicated mess of other ideas… all of which are “what ifs”… that can be very deep and spiritual especially when one seeks biblical truth on such a subject… however because of it’s complexity it has it’s dangers…

An interesting idea to consider-life on other planets… one that can bring about both sinful or spiritual discussions… ultimately though the viewer should recognize it is a fantasy and a story told by individuals who have their faults. It’s not real. And though the idea of considering life on other planets is a fun one, and one that can induce biblical discussions… it’s really up to the viewer how they wish to take the film, and so I judged it as neutral.

Unlike many movies this movie doesn’t really 100% full out attack any biblical ideas (very ambiguous), so I have a hard time calling it offensive based on that. However the vagueness of the Na’vi religion and how this fake religion is elevated so much-added with a lot of violence, bloodlust, and curse words makes it offensive in my opinion. However the CG is beautiful, and the artwork behind the film is wonderful. I would not recommend anyone under the age of 18 seeing this film because of the complexity of the moral issues it introduces. However I would recommend anyone over that age seeing it, and discussing it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Megan, age 21 (USA)
Neutral—Really people …I read all the comments and reviews. Let’s be realistic, if we only want to see movies that have no swearing in it or some form of sex (which was actually pretty well done as far as I’m concerned—no obscene scenes or sounds or even suggestions—unless your imagination takes you there), or no violence…then go and watch “Finding Nemo” or something…and even there some will find some form of violence or something. Yes sure, for us as Christians/Followers of Jesus is should always be a concern when His name is used in vain, but unfortunately that is also how Hollywood seems to make movies now a days. As far as the spirituality aspect goes …I have heard so many different versions and views from different people, and sure there is a strong new age vibe going on the whole time, BUT it is a fantasy movie (and I love sci-fi/fantasy) and we should see it as that.

I have also heard interesting Christian view for the movie and some people were actually challenged to get to know the Holy Spirit better and become more in tune with Fathers’ voice. I also noted that 99% of the comments/reviews were made by people living in the USA …Really people…Get over it, the world does not revolve around America and the world is not against the USA. Why should every movie and everything always mean something against the US Army or the Bush administration or something political? It’s a fantasy movie for crying out loud—entertainment. Anyway. Over all… Really good movie!! Will probably buy it when it comes out on Blueray (Hope fully in 3-D). So, if your in the mood for a get away from reality moment and good entertainment and AWESOME graphics and scenes…GO AND SEE “Avatar” IN 3D!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ulrich, age 32 (South Africa)
Neutral—A great technical achievement and visually stunning, tho the 3-D did give me a mild headache. But, in the end, it’s just a high-tech re-make of “Dances with Wolves.” Bad white people, good Indians, technology = bad, living with Nature = good. Been there, done that.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Bill A, age 63 (USA)
Neutral—I liked this movie. I believe that James Cameron outdid himself with the movie “Avatar.” It is much better than his 1996 hit, “Titanic.” I agree with the reviewer that the dialogue could use some work, but the film was incredibly well done (cinematically speaking). All the special effects were in sync with the rest of the movie. Other than the dialog, my other gripe is the sensuality and the profanity, which could’ve been eliminated, or at least, mitigated. The violence wasn’t too terribly graphic.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Shannon H., age 28 (USA)
Neutral—“Avatar,” honestly, was an extremely well made movie. The special effects were fantastic, the acting was good, and James Cameron is a fantastic storyteller. Morally wise, the film had several obscenities, scantily clad alien natives, a lot of war style violence, but no blood and gore, and the aliens worship Mother Nature. Also, Jake Sully, the main character sides with the aliens and kills his own people with no sign of remorse or guilt. This is not what ruined the film for me. I did not care for the political pandering James Cameron felt he had to put in the movie. There were eco-friendly plugs, a blatant smearing toward US military (our veterans in particular) and to big business. This, in my humble opinion, was very obvious, and Cameron did not even try to be subtle. I have read comparisons to “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last Samurai,” but this came off more like a remake of “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.”

All in all, if you like good sci-fi movies, this is for you, but if you don’t want to get preached at, then this is not for you.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Jacob Airey, age 22 (USA)
Negative
Negative—“Avatar” is a highly glorified rehashing of pagan environmentalism and the reverence of mother earth (Gaia)… all in dazzling and mind blowing 3D IMAX Even the goddess mother of the planet they worship is called Eywa… something way too close to Gaia, our Greek name for mother earth. There is a little sexuality and some foul language. Nothing too explicit. Some violence and frightening creatures. Yet this theme of worshiping the goddess earth is highly prevalent. All things are attributed to this mother earth and as a play on the Native American story Cameron once again manages to portray the white man and his advances as vile and loathsome. To some degree the Na’vi, protecting their environment and being courageous is beautiful and virtuous… something we should likewise do. Seeing as we have been entrusted to be stewards of the earth. Yet Cameron insisted on blending in this nauseating pagan theology of Gaia worship at every turn. Thumbs up on the visuals. Thumbs down on the propaganda.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Gary, age 23 (USA)
Negative—“Avatar” is the “carnal mind” feeding the fantasies of the Utopians; it is fun, very fun, and it grips you from the beginning straight on through to its pantheistic hand-holding conclusion. Many of the same people that did not respect the masterful accomplishment of “Star Wars” will downplay the accomplishment of “Avatar” to transport the groping hearts of people to believe in a kind, but neutral, universe that is obviously quite violent in nature, but reveals the grace of God through life on the earth and the “Image of God,” though terribly deformed, to make its way through yielded souls to make a difference.

For the movie “trippers” “Avatar” is the real deal, but like all lies, in the end it will never manifest peace; only the grace of God through Jesus Christ can do that.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Setterman, age 60 (USA)
Negative—Went to see the movie with my son after hearing great things about it from family members and friends. The story is really interesting and the special effects are incredible however I would warn people with light/motion sensitivity or epilepsy to stay away from the 3D version of this movie. The 3D glasses get you so immersed in the movie that when it was over I felt dizzy, had difficulty walking, and developed a massive headache. This has never happened to me before, and I’m almost 40 years old. After searching the Web, I found out that many other viewers experienced the same thing, and in some cases it triggered a seizure. So if you see it stick to 2D only.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jon, age 36 (USA)
Negative—I have seen many films. I am also a filmmaker and have written for professional filmmakers. I am also a devout Christian. I was hoping for great things from Cameron but instead saw Avatar, the most evil film I have ever seen. Made so evil by the fact that most people, even Christians don’t have a clue. But isn’t that the way of evil? What were Cameron’s motives? Like with Titanic, he wanted to popularize nudity. He used art in “Titanic” to do it and used animation to do it here. Those creatures had full upper nudity. Let’s not fool ourselves. Mr. Cameron was intent on softening our society to nudity in movies. He has had at least 3 wives and many women. He wants no one to judge him on that. And now he has Christians everywhere helping him. It is sad and sick.

James Cameron also wanted to promote the worship of Mother Earth. This is his stated purpose. Gaia worship is a fast growing religion. This movie will be the call for many youth children to get on board. Watch 10 years from now. It is an intentionally evil and massively destructive movie. Don’t be fooled. This was all intentional. There are many other factors, but this was pure evil in attractive loincloths. And I’m not even naïve.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Dr J, age 29 (Canada)
Negative—Waste of money! If I wanted to get this kind of liberal propaganda, I could just pick up one of the kid’s school books or turn on CNN. The best part of the movie was when I found out my wife was wearing sunglasses instead of the 3D glasses for the first half of the movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Brian, age 47 (USA)
Negative—This in 3D is incredible greatest eye experience in moves ever. But the crowd’s don’t comprehend the point of this move is the destruction of what truth. Gaia Worship is what at the heart of this move. Gaia Worship the modern vision of Pagan Religion and the Green movement,Global warming all related to each other. “Avatar”'s planet Pandora is always called mother their God. Also, Liberal overtones like the military bad. Also they have the military calling the Avatar peoples terrorist which is another liberal way of saying in the real world the military calls good people terrorist. The move used the term shock and awe and we know that term related to President Bush. Those that don’t understand the truth of scripture lack knowledge to see truth and a lie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Dan, age 50 (USA)
Negative—Quite frankly one of the most offensive movies I’ve seen. The excessive use of the “GD” word and the extremely over the top excessiveness of the “mother nature” thing was ridiculous. I’m more shocked by people who claim to be believers actually endorsing this movie. I took two of my sons age 17 and 11 to see this and we were all offended by the language. Twenty years ago, this movie would have been rated 'R'. My advice to anyone who claims to be a true follower of Christ is to NOT waste your money on this movie. I wish I had my money back so I could give it to my church instead.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—David, age 47 (USA)
Negative—I must say that I was very disappointed in this movie. Everyone in our church has posted on Facebook that this was the movie to see, that it was awesome. When I kept hearing God’s name used in vain, it almost brought me to tears. Since when is this Okay for Christians? Since when is seeing cat/human like characters mate with humans Okay? The chanting really scared me! I was not sure what they were worshiping, but it scared me. I have to say I was very disturbed. The visual effects, I guess I could say, were Okay, but it was very hard for me to concentrate on that when all I wanted to do was cry. Sorry… I will not give this movie a good review.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—S Fullington, age 34 (USA)
Negative—Okay, so this is a non-Christian film maker’s vision. When a movie relies on its visual effects to win the day, something is wrong. Yes, there were some cool stunning visual effects. Not enough though to save this movie from its anti-military, pro-mother earth, circle of life message. The plot/story was just plain dumb. I would not recommend this movie to anyone solely based on its poor story line. Lame lines and the feeling I’d seen it before didn’t help me like the movie. Yes, there were glimpses of nudity too. You know you’ve seen a bad movie when you compare it to “Titanic” and rethink what a masterpiece that was compared to this tripe.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—scichicx, age 36 (USA)
Negative—Cinematographically speaking, this was the most stunning film I have ever seen. It was a beautifully performed epic myth. Spiritually speaking it was very bad. It had a strong blend of Native American spirituality, earth mother goddess ideas, and eastern mysticism. Added to that is the whole alien concept, blending of alien and human DNA, and alien/human love. Having read Alien Encounters: the Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon by Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman, I found that last part particularly chilling. All of these strongly negative elements are beautifully packaged in a very appealing format, that is likely to capture the imaginations of our culture.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laura S, age 40 (USA)
Negative—I’ll say it bluntly. This has to be one of the most amazing visual and artistic movie I have seen in a very long time. Also one of the most entertaining. A little over two hours long, not once did I glance at my watch to check and see what time it was. It was thought provoking, and one really wanted to cheer the main character on. That aside, there were some things I thought that could most certainly have been excluded from the film. First off is the swearing. It’s pretty mild, but it’s still there, and most of it is coming from the main character. The other thing is that there is a scene between the main character and another, and they are shall I say, slightly “entwined?” ***SPOILER*** The main character chooses a girl out of the tribe, and it is implied that they had sex together. ***END SPOILER***

There is also the fact that the natives are basically wearing nothing. Strategically placed jewelry and loincloths prevent you from seeing much, but the backsides of some of the natives are shown repeatedly. There is a “deity” that the natives worship, and they “connect” with her by attaching their tails to a “mother tree.” A lot of Native American beliefs seem to influence this. Another thing some might think offensive is that to connect to an animal they want to control, they also have to connect their tails to the creature, and then they will know each other’s thoughts. It is very similar to Lyra’s daemon in the Golden Compass in the fact that they are connected and know each other’s thoughts.

There is also quite a bit of violence between the natives and the military; but the bad side is clearly bad and the good clearly good. The main character is immensely loyal to the natives, and will die to protect them All in all, wow. The color is stunning, the acting brilliant, and the spirituality behind the film just a bit disturbing. You may want to use this as a great discussion with teens and tweens; the main character at one point says “that his mother god has been dead for a long time” when talking to a native. I can only gather from the comment that the character has felt like God has not been around to help on earth.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Anna Marie, age 19 (USA)
Negative—So many are missing the subtle, dangerous and truly offensive undercurrents of this movie: Military (which protects us and lays down their lives for us every day) is “bad”. America is “bad”. Of course, it would be wrong to take over a loving, caring civilization for minerals or elements (America does not do that, but did recently try to eliminate an evil dictator). When we are fighting terror, and cultures that cut off people’s heads for not being the same religion, our military is very, very good. This movie vilifies our heroes, and it sickened me to imagine one of these dear ones seeing this horrific movie. As far as the Pagan, New Age message, this was also dangerous and a very strong message. I wish I could plead with parents not to take their children to see these things that will stay with them for a long, long time. Stick with “Blind Side”. Goodness is good.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Nancy, age 56 (USA)
Negative—I was actually very excited to see this film and took my 14 year old son. The 3D technology was truly amazing and overall the filmography was stunning. That’s where my praise stops. This was “Dances With Wolves”! A guy gets thrust in with a race of “people”, sympathizes with them, shifts loyalty, sees his people as the evil force, tries to convince them to leave, the leader and people refuse… And the New Age spiritism was overwhelming. They paint the humans as ruthless barbarians with no respect for life and stereotype them consistent with the movie industry.

Although the naked aliens were digital, they were very sensual and I was uncomfortable next to my son. The scene where they “bond” was brief, but in very poor taste. Shots at the Bush administration with “shock and awe” and “fight terrorism with terrorism showed another on of the directors propaganda messages. And the story line was completely forecasted. Also, way too long.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Mike, age 42 (USA)
Negative—This movie had excellent graphics; very visually appealing! The jungle and animals are amazing and so lifelike! Besides that, there are not many positives.

This movie was based on “evil humans” trying to destroy everything in sight due to greed. There was a lot of spirit-ism and animism, with evil satanic chanting in a few parts. I could sense the presence of darkness, though the movie tries to portray this connection with nature as positive. Somehow the powers of nature bring the main character back to life again.

God is the one we should worship and pray to, not nature. There was also a lot of swearing in the movie—something that I’d rather not hear or have my husband hear.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sylvia, age 26 (USA)
Negative—I went to see “Avatar” solely on the recommendation of my son (with whom I saw the movie in 3D, the effects of which I thought were somewhat annoying), who loves sci-fi and fantasy fiction like “Lord of the Rings”. I had no knowledge of any pre-release hype other than seeing a couple of ads for it on the TV.

It appears that Mr. Cameron, whom I noticed as credited with the script, was shooting for the stars with stunning CG graphics and attention to detail. It seems that he mostly succeeded on that count. He failed noticeably on other counts. Needless to say, I’ve never heard anything about Cameron being any sort of Christian, so I had no expectation that this movie would have any positive value for the Christian audience. If big blue native humanoids that run naked worship a big fluffy tree, sitting and swaying in unison while the priestess attempts to work magic on dead or mostly dead bodies, I am not surprised. When the ONE TRUE GOD of the universe’s name is used in vain, and some alien species animism is held up as preferable or even true, I am not surprised. When Mr. Cameron pushes a wide variety of current liberal political, social and theological buttons (too numerous to mention) I am not surprised. When he plagiarizes plot ideas from “Dances with Wolves,” I am not surprised. These, of course, are always disappointments for Christians.

I think he was slamming Christianity when he refers to floating mountains as the “Hallelujah” mountains. Oh, and the mountains float, but inexplicably, you don’t, so don’t you fall off, it’s a long way down. What surprises me is that Mr. Cameron spends 10 years attending to detail in his story line for believability’s and consistency’s sake and misses the titanic boat. It’s 21st century straining at gnats and swallowing camels. The characters are all hackneyed and typecast. In this respect, the storyline is trite and predictable. There is a tremendous amount of wishful thinking going on here.

If Cameron wanted to write something more compelling from a social perspective, he should have plagiarized more from “Dances with Wolves,” where at the end, you know that the natives are going to lose everything despite their best efforts, and it really is a tragedy. But Cameron wants his cake. So his storyline is highly inconsistent, even stupid, on any scale of believability.

I liked the one inventive idea that we humans are portrayed as the space aliens that invade and plunder some distant garden of Eden, as it were. Usually we’re being invaded, not invading. But he should know that when one intelligent life form has the technology to cross galaxies at warp factor 10, Mr. Sulu speed, in suspended animation, just to obtain “unobtainium” (give me a break, puleeease!), create spitting image duplicates (avatar—Hindu concept) of the hostile local intelligent life form that is still at the Stone Age level of technology that are then used to infiltrate them, etc., etc., then the local Stone Age tribe hasn’t one chance in a trillion against the space aliens, Gaia or no Gaia, especially in war.

A more realistic plot would have us space aliens orbiting Pandora in the comfort and safety of our massive space ships, and we would just beam down trillions of robots ranging in size from microscopic to space shuttle and let the machines exterminate the pesky locals. This is the trend in American warfare; the “boots on the ground” concept will soon be obsolete if technology continues its current path. That’s how nasty bureaucrats would do it now and in the whatever future century Cameron envisions. Tragic, but believable.

And, oh yes, the victorious Na’vi need to know that graciously sending space alien survivors back to their planet spells certain doom for you. They’ll be back, if your unobtainium is really that unobtainable elsewhere, and this time they won’t be using guns and rockets and stupid looking helicopters.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Alan Roberts, age 60 (USA)
Negative—This is a terrible film. People who write “It was great, but they used the Lord’s name in vain all the time, so I can’t recommend it” are missing the boat. It’s a dumb story, as well as rehashed, thinly veiled, anti-American liberal propaganda, from Cameron, who, remember, produced a documentary that questioned the bodily resurrection of Jesus (“The Lost Tomb of Jesus”). More than that, it’s just not compelling. I was completely bored for the last hour. The comments about the language are true, but trust me, it’s not a good film by any stretch for intelligent adults. Lots of better choices out there.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Bill, age 30 (USA)
Negative—Madness. Sheer and utter madness. Like so many others who stood in line to see the special effects, I was not disappointed by them. Truly groundbreaking. What was NOT groundbreaking was the mindlessly insidious storyline. I saw the film twice. Once in a regular theater and once in IMAX. However, the 2nd time through I was no longer dazzled by the special effects, I was nauseated by the fact that people were cheering as American Marines were being stampeded, shot, stabbed, machine gunned and catapulted to their deaths. This was a direct result of complete and utter manipulation by the filmmaker. And it shows how easily we can be seduced by subliminal images on the screen.

Everyone knows the story by now, so I won’t bother rehashing that, suffice it to say that there are only 4 “good humans” in the entire film. The rest of us puny human beings are ruthless killing machines without conscience or remorse. On the other side of the spectrum we have the Lovely Blue Aliens. Who are caring and nurturing, compassionate and tail wagging, kind and small waisted. The whole story is a sick manipulation, done with superb visuals. James Cameron is brilliant. However, at the end of the day he is still nothing more than a guy making billions of dollars by creating hatred for America, the military and anyone involved in any corporation anywhere. What he seems unable to grasp is the fact that the billions he is making, come from and are protected by, the very things he is vilifying.

There is finally, the sheer stupidity of the storyline. Nothing makes any real sense. Why would a horse need 6 legs? Why would a bug spin in circles continuously? Why would huge mountains float in the air while the water on them falls down from them? Why do aliens have pony tails with feelers in them? Are they born with long hair? Who braids it? Does it grow like regular hair? Do they have to cut it monthly and if so, what happens to the feelers? On and on the goofiness of the story unravels the more you consider it.

As a Christian, the pantheistic world view is so convoluted and inconsistent that it makes one wonder how anyone would ever fall for it. As a Christian I know that when I die I will go to be with my Lord. As an alien Na’vi, you go nowhere. You simply turn into a dandelion/jelly fish that floats around in a big mother tree. A big “tree” by the way that can be bulldozed down by a strong wind or a bigger tractor. Their “Mother” tree, we’re told never “takes sides.” That is until the Blue Folks are losing. Then she sends out her hammerhead-rhinos, skinless doggies, and flying dragons to wreak havoc. So what was “she” waiting for? A more dramatic moment? My God always takes sides. Always cares. And He cannot be bulldozed down by any alien thing or machine. He can even stand up to a half billion dollar film with mind blowing 3D effects.

In short, there should be a disclaimer on this film when you sit down in the theater which reads, “As you put on your 3D glasses, please remove your brain and set it in the cup holder beside you. The movie will be much more enjoyable that way.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Russell Sterger, age 53 (USA)
Negative—Holy cow. James Cameron has taken the whole 3D movie experience to a new level with “Avatar”. Some movies use 3D as a gimmick to lure an audience in and toss props toward them in order to wow the crowd. “Avatar” doesn’t rely on such cheap tricks. Nothing pops out of the screen or in your face, instead, it’s as if the screen itself becomes a window into a whole new world and you are actually sitting there, experiencing it in person. The colors pop and the images will stun and amaze you. The new world itself becomes a colorful and breath-taking character alongside the blue people. What you see is nothing short but pure special effects art at it’s finest.

But what bothers me about “Avatar”, is NOT what you see, it’s all the underlying messages that are not-so-hidden, but all wrapped up in a crowd-pleasing, science fiction, action-adventure epic story. What Cameron does for Gaia worship is what Narnia does for Christianity. It takes all the basic elements of doctrine and presents it in an entertaining package in hopes to convert unsuspecting viewers. In fact, I haven’t seen propaganda this bold for tree-hugging, earth-goddess, re-incarnating, neo-pagan, Gaia-pushing pack-of-lies since FERNGULLY THE RAIN FORREST tried to indoctrinate our children. You TRULY have to divorce yourself from reality in order to enjoy this film, but I kept shaking my head and almost laughed out loud every time I saw another lie unfold.

The worst was saved for last when the body of a dying human had to be brought to the tree of prayers and have his spirit transport into the spirit of the tree, through the eye of the earth-goddess, and re-incarnated into the body of the blue alien, while the other aliens engage in a prayer, trance-like chant and dance that I am assuming will awaken the great mother. It likened a scene from a demonic voo-doo worship experience mixed with Wiccan theology. One guess where THAT comes from.

I can see where minorities are calling this film raciest as well. My daughter and I noticed that all the blue aliens were represented by actors who were very obviously African-American. While the color of their skin was changed to blue, it was still very apparent that this was representing a racial division between evil white Americans and helpless African American’s being run out of their land. Some might say this represents the Native American Indians, and it would be hard to argue against them, but the speech pattern and characteristics were more African-American, as that is who Cameron hired to play the major parts. I can also see where military families might be offended by the hateful light in which the villains of this story are presented in. Why ARE the hate-filled villains who are killing innocents with such a demonic, unsettling evil glee, ALL WEARING American Military uniforms? I’m trying to teach my daughters that our Military soldiers are HEROES, and here Cameron makes them look like possessed crazed evil killers. What is it with him and his hatred of our military? Is he trying to make a political statement? If he is, I am not impressed. Now I can accept the fact that some movies present a good-cop/bad-cop storyline, and this could be another example, since some of the military personnel refused to follow orders and chose to defend the blue race, the GOOD people of this story. (Talk about making evil good and good evil). I could also complain about the numerous times God’s name was taken in vain, but what else do you expect from a Godless, neo-pagan tree-hugger like Cameron? I give this film 2 grades…. Visual Effects: A+ Hidden Agenda: F -
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Scott Green, age 40 (USA)
Negative—Just saw “Avatar”. I have very strong feelings about this movie, to say the least. Never have I left a movie with such a vivid aweness of the spiritual warfare raging in our society, fighting for the minds of our youth. Promoted in this movie is a strong animistic and somewhat pantheistic worldview suggesting that our world is a living being with which we must communicate, love, and protect. However, our affections and attention should not lie with what is created, but with the One who created it. I do not want to serve a god who is the life force of our planet, but a God who, by the very breath of His mouth, spoke the world into being; I do not want to serve a God who is intricately one with His creation, but a God who is so far above His creation that we cannot even think about comprehending Him, but whose love is so great and so wide that He would behold His dying creation, empty Himself of His infinity, join His creation, and sacrifice Himself for their salvation; I don’t want to serve a God whose life force is partially made up by me, but a God who, being infinitely above me, will have a personal relationship with me; I don’t want to serve a God who must be told danger is approaching, but a God that knows everything that will happen and has the power to do anything He wants to do; I don’t want to serve a God whose thoughts can be understood, but a God who is completely incomprehensible, yet eminently knowable; I don’t want to serve a God who dwells in all things, but a God who is the creator and sustainer of all things; I don’t want to serve a mindless force, but a God who has had a plan for eternity future from eternity past; I don’t want to serve a God who does not feel, but a God who is intensely compassionate, graceful, merciful, wrathful, jealous, just, loving, and caring.

I am so thankful that this God I want to serve is the God I do serve! I think this movie is one of the most profound expressions of the direction our world is heading. The thought of connection and indeed “oneness” with our environment is a very prominent movement in our society. This way of thinking has become the love of our modern world.

If you don’t embrace saving the environment and indeed “mother earth,” you are labeled a self-centered, wasteful, hater of all things good. It even rears it’s ugly head in our advertising, garnering sales with campaigns stating companies have “gone green.” It is obvious this is not a movie without agenda. Coupled in this movie with the strange and incorrect worldview were some of the most amazing computer graphics ever created. However, despite the visual feast never once during this movie was I spiritually edified in any way. Amidst the unwholesome language and innuendo lay one of the most spiritually oppressive scenes I have ever seen in a movie.

As the 12 food blue natives surrounded and chanted to their mother earth tree, I felt a physical weight on my chest. My response way to recite scripture to myself and pray to my God—the one and true God, giving Him praise. When this scene was over, I felt that weight lift off of my chest.

From a movie making standpoint, “Avatar” is brilliant. The story is intriguing, imaginative, and creative. It is extremely well directed, acted, and edited. And the visual effects are absolutely stunning, to say the least. Astoundingly good. However, to the Christian viewer must go a word of warning, that this is not just an entertaining movie, but a film that carries a message contrary to Christianity. Sure there are themes of redemption, healing, and salvation—which are all great Christian things, and very present in this movie—but their object is completely skewed. The redemption and savior in this movie is not the true God, but a pantheistic life force.

We must remember that the true savior and the one who gives life is Jesus Christ—who became man and dwelt among us, was obedient to the point of death on a cross, was bruised for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, was indeed raised from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the father having been given the name that is about every other name—the name to which one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess “Jesus Christ is Lord!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jason Clark, age 22 (USA)
Negative—OK, I like everyone, was stunned by the special effects of this film. They really are very good (and I didn’t watch the 3D version). The sci-fi idea of mind melding with a genetically modified alien body is also very clever (although I thought “Surrogates” did it better). The actual story exposition is Okay, too, although there is nothing original here. This film is basically a sci-fi remake of “Dances with Wolves” or “The Last Samurai”. Seriously—for Pandora substitute America, for Pandorans substitute native Americans, for Humans substitute “evil and mercenary European colonists”…can we guess where this is going?

From a Christian viewpoint, there isn’t much nudity, sex or swearing and none of it is gratuitous. The violence is more confusing than offensive (the battle scenes are far too fast—I quickly lost track of what was going on).

The real problem is much worse, because it is far, far more dangerous, especially for impressionable young minds. The subliminal message of “Avatar” is very pro neo-pagan and anti-christian in its political stance and morality. The pandorans are healthy, vibrant and innocent worshipers of “the mother goddess”, whose living embodiment is a great big tree. They lead balanced, healthy lives with total respect for the world they live in and the animal life therein. Nothing bad ever seems to happen and everyone loves everyone else (except for the human protagonist, for dramatic purposes). In contrast, the evil humans are sneaky, greedy, grasping and have lost their connection to their roots. It’s not a question of the Pandorans merely being alien either. We are told Humans have destroyed their “mother.” Yes, they really are saying that.

The message is a total love for a peasant life close to nature (which actually is usually dangerous, unhealthy and frequently short) and a despisement of everything modern man has made and achieved. This is a film that is little short of being unapologetically anti-Human. Watching “Avatar” is an exercise in despising oneself, and not in a healthy way either.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Martin Bourne, age 48 (United Kingdom)
Negative—Great movie-making, but… “Avatar” is quite likely Cameron’s take on how the Old Testament might play out allegorically in Science Fiction and fantasy terms, but reversed in message. That is, if it were at all credible for the not-fully-human enemies of some metaphorical space-faring “Israel” to have the righteousness and might of the true god on their side, this fable shows how the futuristic “Israel” is to be defeated. The humans in the movie who historically represent the one race proclaimed to harbor the true children of God, claim to have superior means and values. They are presented as a rapacious menace from the point of view of their story enemies, a fantastical, figurative version of biblical Anak’s otherworldly children, the Na’vi, giants of renown and heroes of Cameron’s myth-making process.

Since the movie is from the alien POV, there is by definition no need for any hint of a divine hand or presence behind this particular metaphorical Israel. Not surprisingly, these aliens would each rather cling to alien ways than surrender to the RDA no matter how superior the humans claim to be with all manner of civilizational and technological blessings, quasi-covenantal advantages which figuratively stand for the blessings of the figurative Israeli God. And the human host has traveled afar from a blighted land, on a mission to secure their prosperity…

Before anyone cites the themes of corporate greed and militarism ruining resources and ecology as the true overarching story justifying the betrayals to follow: just be aware that such issues as thematically presented in a fantasy this, serious and valid as they are in real life, are likely offered only as weak distractions from the real body of conflict, which is about whose people really has the rights to the fruits of the putative promised land of Pandora.

As in the Old Testament, these rights are manifested in the movie by the results of both physical and spiritual contest, with battlefield consequences every bit as “providential”. In one sense, lame Jake Sully stands figuratively for one of the biblical spies sent into enemy cities to scout for weaknesses. As in the Book of Joshua, Spy Sully must get to swim before he meets and comes to live with an alien female in the enemy city, but from thereon most else in the original biblical narrative is reversed.

Sully’s figurative “Israeli spy” is turned by the aliens into committing treason against his own nation by no less than pagan alien females, a clear reverse of the biblical story of pagan alien women turning against their own tribes in favor of Israel. In another sense, Sully also stands for those biblical faithless Israelis who turned away from their own nation due to the wicked influence of… those same pagan alien women.

Remember, in this fantasy version might and right is on the side of the figurative Canaanites, and the master of this world isn’t about to let its nonhuman giant breeds get slaughtered, even if it is a non-Earth setting. The Na’vi princess Neytiri stands for a scheming Moabite sex-princess type who in this revisionist case did not get speared by a zealous Sully/ figurative zealous Phinehas.

The Na’vi princess is also a figurative Rahab, taking the place of the Biblically fearful prostitute who helped Joshua’s two spies seal the fate of biblical Jericho. It is in this last sense that her human turncoat lover Sully figures in reverse as one of the two spies, the other one figured in the reverse by Sully’s scientist-diplomat partner. Others in the treasonous of scientists and soldiers also figuratively represent, although not in reverse, the feckless group of spies in Moses’ time, who counseled reasonably yet faithlessly against invading the promised land.

The figurative aliens of Jericho (Na’vi) come out to fight, a reversal of the tale of the Biblically wretched inhabitants who waited fearfully until the figurative Wall (HomeTree) fell and led to their complete destruction. Or not, in this case. It’s all premium revisionist thinking from the POV of vanquished ancient pagans, you see. The Eywa-as-Gaia stuff does get to fill in wondrously for divine favor in reverse of the biblical narrative. As noted in other Christian blogs, the Na’vi Hometree may also symbolize the Canaanite Tree of Life associated with the Canaanite goddess Asherah, part of a fertility religion which Hebrew prophets repeatedly warned against.

There is no reversed Balaam sorcerer figure in the movie but We do have a figurative plural talking donkey in fighting trim in the form of the riding and flying beasts, particularly the dragon Toruk, creatures which can do more than just talk back for they can actually mind-meld to plan battle tactics on the fly.

OTOH maybe they are just nasty creatures that just happened to be so, like… snakes in the desert. We don’t see the figurative Jewish troopers (RDA Marines) circle seven times before attempting to drop the daisycutter bomb which is figurative for the Ark and the mighty physical powers of the true God, even though the resulting blast would surely have been as cinematically shocking and awesome as the biblical blaring of trumpets and the massed shouting of a Jewish host.

Yet the figurative Ark (bomb) symbolizes the god who failed his people, retold from the POV of the pagan victors as a mere tool of the invaders to be deployed as needed but inutile when needed most, which is what counts in this alternate-future-history story.

The only thing cooler from a defeated OT pagan’s point of view would be to see a figurative Moabite sex-princess preemptively skewer a figurative Joshua (Marine Colonel Quaritch) in his camp and so stop the invasion cold before it begins.

But the “Avatar”'s makers do need funds to spread their counter-biblical message, and so said spearing of figurative Joshua happens only after a titanically exciting battle plays out on the screen to draw the needed paying audience.

Most of the fighting takes place in the air over the alien planet but this displaced context does serve to obscure what the contest does symbolize—the fantastic reversal of biblical Israel’s conquest of the pagan tribes of the Promised Land. If ever the “ghosts” of those pagan tribes of old could have a hand in casting a modern fantasy of triumph instead of defeat, movies like this would be the result. In a way Cameron produces as if he were speaking for all vanquished pagans, as if voicing their wishes from beyond the grave for what could have been—but wasn’t and shall never be.

Great movie-making, though.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Benjamin, age 45 (USA)
Negative—I have read most of the negative reviews and I believe that the mother earth worship is nothing to the nudity in this movie. Yes the avatars are aliens, and that is how my 16-year-old justified loving the movie. But the bodies are female, human female and I didn’t like staring at breasts. I didn’t like my husband staring at them either. With the army of people that worked on this movie you would think that someone would have been like the child in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It was offensive. Uncomfortably so.

I would have enjoyed this movie so much more had I not been teased the entire time as to what I saw or thought I saw. Our American society is sinking into the moral abyss of France where women walk around at the pool and think nothing of not having a top to their bathing suit. There is no way in the world that Jake Sully could have resisted the Na’vi princess’ sensual body for three months, no way.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rhonda, age 51 (USA)
Negative—After months of hype and all the great comments I heard on the movie my family and I went out and bought the film. Big mistake! I just watched this movie with my family. The movie making quality was fantastic! The story was just Okay. I was very disappointed in the bad language. There were at least 5 GD’s in this movie. I do not tolerate that at all. I give it a thumbs down!!!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
Kim Holt, age 40 (USA)
Negative—A COMPLETE waste of movie-making talent and special affects. I would have saved my time and money, if I knew what this movie would be all about. This movie does not portray any real Christian value at all. Rather, it shows the pagan beliefs of mother earth and how our life energy returns to the earth when we die and blah blah blah blah. It also expresses how mankind is just an evil part of nature that is not in balance with everything else—that mankind just rapes the land for greed; basically the main ideals behind every hard-core environmentalist, tree-hugger. Just watch “Pocahontas,” it is the same type of movie with a futuristic look.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Troy Mendez, age 35 (USA)
Negative—I saw “Avatar” a few months ago, and I’ve honestly never seen any other movies that made me so earnestly desire a refund. First, what I liked: Yes, from a technical standpoint, it is quite an achievement. The visuals in it are quite beautiful, many of the performances were good, what I could remember of the score was good, and the sets were nice.

However, “Avatar” was easily the worst movie I’ve seen last year. It’s bad for a number of reasons:

1. Its length. It’s hard enough to sit through a 3-hour film, but made even harder by other problems with the movie I shall list.

2. Poor writing. The writing is poor mainly because it has literally all been done before. The plot rips off too many movies to count—most notably “Dances with Wolves,” “Pocahontas,” and “Ferngully,” just with a sci-fi theme. It, also, somewhat rips off “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” I think.

The characters are all one-dimensional stereotypes, especially the villains: A stereotypical greedy corporate guy who wants to annihilate the Na’vi’s habitat purely for profit (The rare mineral he’s looking for has such a silly and unoriginal name, I’m not going to mention it here, it sounds like something out of a parody movie), a stereotypical brutal and racist American military officer, and his equally stereotypical evil, sadistic redneck troops. The film’s attempt at messages have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, I’ve seen religious-based films which aren’t as preachy as “Avatar.”

3. However, the main reason why I hated “Avatar” was because it is extremely offensive in many different ways. As an American who supports our troops overseas, I was offended at how the military officer and his troops (at least 90% of whom were white, and all of whom were clearly Americans) were all, almost without exception, portrayed as horrible, pure-evil monsters who just love slaughtering innocent creatures purely for the fun of it. I kept half-expecting to see a scene of them torturing puppies and kittens while laughing like Dr. Evil. Their use of terms like “savages,” “terrorists,” and “Pre-emptive strike” imply that the filmmakers apparently believe our troops in the Middle East are all exactly like this (again, their message has no subtlety).

Also, as a Christian…, I was very much offended at how blatantly the film promotes Neo-Paganism. The way the Na’vi worship the plants and animals and the “Life Energy” behind them was an obvious parallel to Neo-Pagan “Gaia” worship. A scene near the film’s climax in which they try and help transfer a human’s spirit into a Na’vi body permanently (don’t ask, long story) honestly made me feel like I was sitting in on a cult meeting.

To put it into perspective, let’s look at another, better movie from last year, “The Princess and the Frog.” That movie’s gotten some flak for featuring voodoo, but at least there, voodoo was mainly shown as evil and something to be avoided. In contrast, the Na’vi’s Neo-Pagan earth worship in “Avatar” is portrayed as being beautiful and noble. If Christians want to keep their kids from being drawn into the occult, THAT’s the movie to watch out for.

I cannot believe that Cameron is planning a sequel to this repulsive movie; my only comfort is that rather than sweeping the Oscars, as Cameron had obviously hoped, it only won one or two rather unimpressive awards. Christians, and conservative Americans, stay away from “Avatar” at all costs.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Adam, age 26 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—First, I would like to point out that people make movies like this to make money. Having said that, “Avatar” was the greatest movie I have ever seen as of this date. I got to the theater fifteen minutes before the show, and ended up sitting on the far right in the very front row during a 3D showing, so I figured the experience would be ruined. WRONG!!! “Avatar”'s language was subtle, the sexuality was subtle, the violence was nothing worse than explosions and a single impaling. WITH NO BLOOD!!!

The film is well written, well directed, well animated, and an entirely believable scenario, as it takes place nearly 150 years from now. As a youth, you may not respect my opinion, as I am thoroughly subjective… and you would be right to do so. Having said that, again, I am going to see it again tomorrow to get a better seat. This movie may be the best movie I have ever seen …period.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ethan, age 17 (USA)
Positive—When I first heard about “Avatar” I thought it sounded childish and nerdy. But, after seeing the previews for it and hearing how good it was supposed to be, I decided to go see the 3d version. I was completely blown away! The visual effects were great. The CGI was amazing. The movie would have been great without 3d, but seeing it in 3d made it much better and was totally worth the extra bucks. The content in the movie was completely within the PG-13 rating; the violence for the most part was not bloody. The story was good and was not too over complicated for a science fiction movie. It was a long movie, but it was interesting enough to keep me interested for the entire film. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Madison, age 15 (USA)
Negative—This movie was very, very strange. The graphics were not so bad, but, other than that, it was pretty silly. The way that the blue avatar people worshiped there “Eywa” or whatever was somewhat offensive. I say this movie is just a waste of time and money. And it was ridiculously long!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Cecilia, age 16 (USA)
Negative—This movie was very offensive, especially to Christians. First of all the native people had (pretty much) no clothes on …seriously, it was weird. And it wasn’t like… “oh, they’re just creatures, who cares if they are naked or not…” they looked enough like humans to tell if they were naked. The people all worship a tree and all hold on to each other while they chant to it. It’s totally against colonization and makes army people look like crazy, evil, insane people. The whole purpose, I guess, was to say how horribly evil colonization was/is. But, actually, I didn’t feel bad for anyone… the whole “colonization being bad” theme was just stupid and unrealistic. The special affects were really good though… and the science fiction idea was pretty cool. Other than that, the movie was pretty dumb. Don’t waste your money or time on seeing the blue Na’vi… (something) people.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Katie, age 15 (USA)
Positive—Give me a break, “Avatar” is easily 2009’s best film as well as one of the best films of the decade. The two hours and forty minutes fly by at an unbelievable pace and by the end of the film you care completely about the characters, all of which are extraordinarily well developed. The dialog, quite truthfully, can be rather bumpy at times but no where near bad enough that anyone in the theater was laughing, let alone recalling memories of George Lucas. The film totally sails on both a technical and emotional level, perfectly blending special effects and storytelling into a masterful whole. The film is easily one of the most epic since Lord of the Rings and has the best CGI work I have ever seen. If there is one film to see this year, it’s “Avatar”, the film manages to create a world, culture and indigenous people successfully as well as totally immerse you into the experience (the 3D also being the best I’ve ever seen). “Avatar” is another masterpiece from one of the greatest living film makers working today.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Joshua (Undergraduate), age 16 (USA)
Negative—I walked into “Avatar” with a group of friends and low expectations. Only low, because while I was sure it would be a technical masterpiece, fantastic special effects often cover up for poor storytelling, and leave out a heart altogether. This is exactly the case. There was no real emotional connection to the characters, some of the worst dialog I’ve ever heard, plot contrivances and the obvious political agenda. Don’t get me wrong, the visuals were amazing, and negative subtext will not prevent me from watching a movie. But while I was prepared for the environmentalist propaganda, I was not at all prepared for the barrage of New Age philosophy and naturalism. Other discerning viewers may also want to note the language in the film (also used to cover up poor dialog) and a surprising amount of sexual content and/or partial nudity due to tribal clothing. Visually, “Avatar” is one of the most pleasing I’ve ever seen, so if that’s all you’re looking for, then this is the right movie for you. Just be sure to note all the unnecessary content.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Ben, age 17 (USA)
Positive—“Avatar” is easily one of the best made films that i’ve seen in a while. It is a must see for anyone 12 and up. The PG-13 rating fits because of some violence and language but a 12 year, in my opinion, is old enough. The Na’vi people are mostly naked but you don’t see anything and it isn’t shown in a sexual way. Two Na’vi kiss and afterward say they are “mated for life”. This movie is not offensive to Christians, at least I didn’t feel offended in any way. The CGI effects were amazing.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Nathan K., age 16 (USA)
Positive—All I have to say is marvelous. This movie was one of the most mind blowing movies I have seen in my entire life. Everything about it was enthralling. In many action scenes my hands were sweating and my heart was racing. The animation is definitely the best I have ever seen for a film. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone 12+.

There were however some objectionable parts in the movie, including a “alien love scene”. Nothing is necessarily shown as far as “reproductive organs” etc.… but the general idea was given. This love scene was showing them becoming partners rather than adultery which you might think. In their culture, much like in the old testament, they became betrothed by taking each-other in that manor. It was more implied than shown. There were a few objectionable words such as my saviors name being taken in vain and a few other cuss words. The violence should be tolerable for anyone 10-12+. Other than those objectionables this movie is definitely an amazing, epic, and spectacular film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Walter, age 15 (Canada)
Positive—Is “Avatar” any good? Is it worth paying a few extra bucks to see it in 3-D? Does it have anything offensive in it? These questions are probably running through your head right now and you know what, I have the answers. Is “Avatar” any good? Well, that’s a question I’m debating over. The special effects were amazing but the story was a little too predictable. While the acting was fine, it sometimes felt a little too dramatic like the whole love scene halfway through the movie.

Is “Avatar” really worth paying for 3-D? Well, no. While their are some moments in the movie that are cool seeing in 3-D, you can see it in 2-D and have the same experience without paying extra money to see it. Does it have anything offensive in it? Well, the language in it is pretty heavy at times, but most of the language in the movie is used by the colonel. Their is a ton of action/violence in this movie but most of it is during the last thirty minutes of the movie. There is one part where Jake and Neytiri have sex but its is implied and barley shown.

Would I recommend “Avatar” to anyone.? Well, to anybody who loves action movies, of course, but people who like a movie that has a better story I’m not sure. This is what you would call a movie that you have mixed feelings about.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Langston, age 12 (USA)
Positive—Before I start, I would like to say I greatly enjoyed this film and plan on viewing it again soon. I have three main points to make. The first is about the film quality including script. The second is about positive morals. The last is about things I find offensive.

To begin, I noticed no “choppy” moments in the dialog. I found the plot gripping and not at all slow. The three hours of the movie flew by and left me wanting more. Mind that I was not viewing this film with a critic’s eye, but had positive expectations. I was not disappointed. The special effects were absolutely AMAZING. I am surprised at how real they looked. Contrary to what some said, I didn’t notice anything too odd when the Na’Vi were in contact with humans.

Some positive morals include that all life is important. This was portrayed as the main character (Jake Sully) defending the indigenous people as well as the plant life. Now, I am by no means an extreme “save the environment” type of person. I do, however, believe that we should protect God’s creation that He entrusted to us. That would include the environment. Another is the classic “good triumphs over evil” theme. In my mind, this movie doesn’t portray all humans as the bad guys. In fact, some humans fight on the side of the Na’Vi. I won’t spoil the movie with details though.

My final point is as already stated: the offensive parts. The first and foremost I would like to state is the Na’Vi’s deity, Eywa or something very similar. This deity is basically a “nature goddess.” It controls the animals and is responsible for the flow of life.

On a side note, I did like that the movie mentions an explanation for the ability to share these memories and the like with the Na’Vi. Anyway, needless to say, this isn’t supportive of the Lord.

Another mildly offensive part was the mating scene. It really didn’t show anything and was portrayed as a life-long commitment and not a lustful moment. It was only mildly sensual and less so than many other films. I have heard others mention the lack of cloths on the Na’Vi, but I have also heard them say that it isn’t portrayed in a sexual manner, and I would agree with them there. I didn’t find it very offensive at all. Even though they have a humanoid appearance, it isn’t sensual. There are two parts where it shows humans clad in a net of leaves, but it doesn’t show much at all and isn’t meant to portray ANYTHING sexual.

The language isn’t very bad at all. I noticed a few “SH” words, a few “D” words and a Holy “SH” word combo. I have heard people mention the people using the Lord’s name in vain, but I didn’t notice it. Again, I wasn’t viewing this movie with much of a critic’s eye.

The violence was not graphic and made for good action scenes.

In conclusion, this film has a WONDERFUL plot and various climatic points. The positive morals aren’t all that drastic or obvious, but they are there. The main offensive part is the Na’Vi’s deity. This is in occurrence throughout the movie. However, I don’t think it is any worse, in fact less so, than what is shown in other movies, i.e., sex, drugs, gore, violence, heavy blaspheme, strong profanity, etc. It was a bit weird at times though. Anyway, I greatly enjoyed this movie as far as entertainment goes and didn’t find it very objectionable.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Hayden, age 14 (USA)
Neutral—I saw this movie just recently and I thought it would be bad because I heard other peoples thoughts about it. I loved the plot. I didn’t like how “Jake” fought against his “race.” There was a lot of violence. And the natives believed in spirits so there was a little “ceremony” where they worshiped the spirits. I loved how Jake got to “get his life back.” The language was a Big problem. There was a lot of swearing and curse words like: the s--- word and the b----words and they kept on saying dam—God. This movie was a great movie the graphics where so real and I would see this movie again. I would just be a little cautious.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—lily, age 14 (USA)
Positive—Me and my mom went to see this movie and were blown away!!! When we got out we both agreed that James Cameron had done it again!!!… It is my favorite movie of all time!! It was the best!! I recommend it to anyone, the language was pretty bad. Me and my mom counted like 5 “GD” words, which really stinks, since it was such a great movie. My mom and I are both going to see it again with my dad and sister.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Braden, age 13 (USA)
Negative—While this movie is spectacular in terms of the setting and special effects, it is pure anti-christian, liberal propaganda. Any educated Christian who is able to make connections between biblical truth and political issues (as we all should be able to) will see that this movie’s weak plot is intended by the secular film industry to do nothing more than bash on our fighting men in our military, criticize America’s foreign policy, elevate “mother nature” and the environment to a position of superiority over humans and God, and promote Pantheism and other pagan teachings. Please do not contribute your money to this propaganda effort and if you must see it, watch with caution lest you be deceived or subconsciously convinced of the blatantly leftist, anti-Christian undertones.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Tyler, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I went to see “Avatar” for the first time about two days ago with my friend and my Dad. My original expectations were about as high as thy could get and all I can say is that I was BLOWN AWAY. However there are already plenty of people talking about the visual portion of this movie so ill spare you what you’ve already heard and say it was astounding CONFLICTS Religion 1. Before going in I heard that it had a very Naturalistic or Tree-Huggerish point of view especially in regards to their native “god” called Eywa. However when I went to see this movie one of the ideas presented was the idea that the whole planet was connected through a bio-electrical “root system” that worked like a huge database which stored memories, thoughts etc. When the Natives gathered to “worship” they connected with special trees that as described by them 'connected them with Eywa and as by the humans lets them plug themselves into the bio-electric database. It was clear that the humans didn’t totally understand the whole “database” idea but the logic was sound enough, and I thought it was a perfect way to portray God in such a secular world.

Those who liked the Naturalistic part (which was there) could take that, those who wanted to ignore any religion at all could focus on the “bio-electric” part, and those who wanted to find God could focus on the idea that neither the naturalistic or highly advanced and secularized humans of that time, had a clear answer (kinda sound like today.) Violence 2. Throughout the film there was plenty of action so you wont be disappointed by that fact, I wouldn’t recommend it to any audience under the age of 13 or 14 because 1. Its pretty intense 2. GENERALLY when your younger than that you have a far more impressible and still developing your own beliefs, and all of the intense action sequences and the Naturalistic (which, to me, wasn’t that offensive however it WAS present) could have a negative affect on them. Moral Values 3. The entirety of the film is based on a paraplegic, ex-marine inhabiting the body of an Avatar in order to gain the trust of the natives and get them to move without a fight.

However ***LIGHT SPOILER*** there is a plot twist where the Military Leader present on the planet bribes him to acquire any information on their culture, warfare etc. that would give them an advantage “when things [got] ugly,” and in return, he would arrange for him to get his legs repaired (they have that sort of technology). ***SPOILERS END***

The film is based on his struggle between what he believes is right, what he wants and what multiple factions of people are telling him to do. I’m not going to say what eventually happens but I can say that I was NOT disappointed and I plan on seeing it again in 3D tomorrow with my same friend as well as 4 or 5 more. Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars You’ll like this movie depending on your perspective. But I do HIGHLY recommend
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kwinn, age 15 (USA)
Neutral—I saw “Avatar” this past week with my grandparents, mom, and younger sister and thought it was, overall, a good movie. The visual effects were amazing, as I had read they would be. I most loved the planet upon which it takes place, called Pandora, which was teeming with all kinds of colorful and exotic plants and creatures. Overall, the story and plot was good and kept my interest throughout the nearly 3-hour movie. If you like action/sci-fi movies, you will definitely enjoy this one. We saw the movie in 3-D, but I don’t think I would recommend it. My grandma said she got nauseous 30 minutes into the movie, and I ended up with a massive headache for the rest of the day. Also, I peered above the 3-D glasses a few times throughout the movie and the colors were so much more brilliant without them! The colors would be worth it alone to see the movie again just because the 3-D glasses were tinted and darkened the colors. So in a way, I feel that we missed out by seeing it in 3-D.

As other reviewers have said, there is a lot of swearing in this movie. God’s name is used in vain countless times throughout the film, as well as plenty of other swear words. There was also a lot of reference to Eywa, the god of the Na’vi people who live on Pandora. I had read this in other reviews ahead of time, but I was actually disturbed by this more than I thought I would be. Towards the end of the film, as one of the characters is dying, she claims to see Eywa, saying “She really is real.” Basically, there was a lot more reference to this god than I had expected, or would have liked. “Avatar” is an interesting blend of sci-fi, romance, and action/adventure. If you like any of those genres and don’t mind some swearing, you will probably enjoy this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sara, age 16 (USA)
Positive—Wow, the movie was thrilling and vividly stunning! The characters were likable (the good ones) and seemed very real. 3D is definitely the best way to see “Avatar”!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Emily, age 11 (USA)
Positive—…A word to parents: this film is one of the best I have ever watched, even though I am 16 I have strong convictions about explicit scenes, but this movie is very light and the romance is even sweet and touching. and I as a Christian think that violence (as long as it is not over done) is really Okay, for heavens sake the bible is a violent book that God knew would be read young children I don’t think he was worried that he might give kids mental issues if they were to read it. I still would not recommend this film for anyone under 13, it is an awesome movie!!—much better than Titanic, as far as “sex and sensuality” goes. This is my FAV-movie of the year at least next come “The Bourne…” movies, “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” and “Glory Road.” Great directing and script!!!… BTW I saw this movie in the Imax, and it is much better than the regular theater.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Richard Nahigian, age 16 (USA)
Positive—This movie, “Avatar,” was a disappointment to me for 4 reasons…
1. The Na’vi tribe wore little to no clothing. The woman wore tiny coverings to conceal their 'areas', and itty-bitty loincloths.
2. This film had some offensive language in it, and the Lord’s name was used in vain quite a lot.
3. The Na’vi tribe worshiped a god called Ewaya, and a lot of rituals were done.
4. Jake and a Na’vi woman mated together, though it was not really shown, only implied.
Otherwise, if you like sci-fi movies, this is the one for you! The battle scenes are intense yet good! A lot of good morals were in “Avatar”, like when one person gives up their life to save another. I liked this movie, and would recommend it to 12 and above ages.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Catherine Jarrell, age 12 (USA)
Neutral—“Avatar” is a really great movie. And even though we didn’t get to see it in 3D, it still kept us on the edge of our feet. The only problem is that the movie plot isn’t very original, and the movie is long, so the plot kind of drags a little.

Also, in a more biblical point of view, the Na’vi is wears small amounts of clothing often, but it isn’t very sexual, and that also applies to (***spoiler alert***) when the two main characters are sharing intimate moments in the forest.

The script also has some profanity and multiple uses of God’s name in vain. But still, the movie isn’t any thing to worry about, and is a very good source of entertainment.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Camille Conner, age 13 (USA)
Positive—This was a really good movie! That’s all I’m gonna say. True, there was a “scene,” and there was a lot of worshiping, like what almost sounded to me like mother earth. It was a well thought out plot. I really enjoyed it. I thought that it was going to be a little bit unbelievable, but in the end… I really liked it. Anyone over about 12 or 13, I think this is a must see.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Emily, age 14 (USA)
Positive—Avatar is,in my opinion, one of the best movies ever made. It has a tremendous story line, great acting,and a positive attitude. I would recommend this movie for people between 13 and up, due to brief sensuality, language and violence.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Erik Daniel, age 15 (USA)
Positive—…Avatar’s a good movie. To me, there are two big themes in this new Cameron gem. The first is solely dealing with Mother Nature and Earth worship, etc. I’ll talk a little more about that in a second. The second big theme to me (and much more redeeming one) was that of property rights. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Cherokees in the Trail of Tears when I was watching this movie. It is an almost identical scenario, except the natives win in this fictional flick. There seemed to be a lot of environmentalist propaganda thrown in, blurring the film’s bigger and brighter message. All the talk of Eywa (the Na’avi’s god, similar to Mother Earth) and the importance of the land got downright annoying at times, and having just read Little Women, was reminded of transcendentalism.

The most obnoxious scenes come when the Na’vi ritually sing to Eywa. It was like seeing a clear reference to evolutionism in a movie. It’s not all that offensive to me… just superbly annoying. So if you can get past the annoying environmentalism, you’re in for something nice.

As for property rights, again, I reference the Cherokees. Seeing as property is a human right (as defined by John Locke), don’t we have the right to defend it when it’s being unjustly confiscated? That is my impression, and as strange as it sounds, I was right along with the Na’avi, hoping that they would come out victorious against the expansionist humans. I felt myself wholeheartedly rooting for the Na’avi, because one of the most annoying things to me is injustice. The humans kill and destroy Na’avi land simply to get a profit, and I completely understand the Na’vi’s warlike feelings afterward. Their rights were being infringed.

That said, let’s get into the nitty-gritty objectionable issues. Aside from the Earth worship, there are a couple other issues. Violence is present (of course) so don’t take eight year-olds to see this one. Language is an even bigger issue. It’s pretty strong at times, with a couple instances of God’s name paired with d*mn, and a handful of other minor profanities…

Sex is also minor, but I want to talk a little about it. There’s a scene in which the girl (can’t remember or spell her name right now) mates with Sam Worthington’s character (can’t remember his either). For one thing, the scene is brief. For another thing, the scene feels overwhelmingly pure and innocent, as the two are essentially married, saying that they are “mated for life.” I think this scene shows how sex can be a beautiful thing, inside of marriage, and does not at all portray it like so many other action movies of today (“Iron Man,” “Star Trek,” etc.).

Since so people have mentioned nudity, let me just say that 1) yes, the loincloths don’t cover very much, but it’s all only partial nudity and not in the least sexual, and 2) the females have almost nothing covering their chests, but, sorry for being frank, there’s not much of their chests worth covering up.

So, in the end, I enjoyed it. The objectionable content (really the Earth worship and language) is annoying, but if you’re planning to see “Avatar,” chances are you’ve already seen that content multiple times as I have. The property rights message is huge and is definitely correct about fighting back. I don’t think it was Oscar quality. Yes, it had tons of gorgeous eye-candy, and a good story, but it just wasn’t a best picture. I’m glad “Hurt Locker” came out on top, if only for a better story and better acting.

I recommend this movie for almost everyone twelve and older if 1) you are mature enough to handle the sex scene, and 2) you aren’t completely turned off by the environmentalism. Even if you are turned off by that, however, I would urge you to watch the movie anyway, because there’s so many good things in it. The advantages outweigh the disadvantages. God bless
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joseph Hughey, age 16 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I am going to keep this short. The things that bothered me were the partial nudity, implied love making scene, violence (especially the squealing noises of pain), the cursing peppered throughout the movie and lastly and most offensive was the worship of Mother Earth, ancestry worship and the spirit world. I honestly could not wait to leave the theater. In fact, about half-way through the movie I left the room to see if there was another better movie playing but ended up coming back and sitting with my friends and texted/ played solitaire on my phone. I would not recommend this movie to anyone.
—Liz, age 29 (USA)
Negative—I have not watched the film “Avatar,” but from what I know about the film, it involves the killing of U.S. soldiers. The viewers are supposed to cheer when America’s soldiers are killed, and that in itself is a despicable notion.

I am proud to be an American, and I appreciate the sacrifices our military make overseas in order to protect our liberties and our way of life. I cannot but do as my conscience dictates, and I have extremely strong moral objections against cheering or lauding the callous murder of our servicemen in any situation—including a theater. I have only but to wonder what this does to our mortal enemies overseas, such as the Al-Qaeda. They must certainly grin and laud the depiction of our soldiers as evil, sinister individuals with unilateral motives who commit heinous crimes against humanity or an alien species.

Additionally, God stated that we are to reflect our Christianity and His work in us by being good examples. One way to achieve this goal is to be law-abiding citizens who refuse to side with evil and have an inherent abhorrence for evil. Please reconsider if you are about to watch this film. May God bless America and all of our brothers in Christ!
—Axel Garcia, age 18 (USA)
Negative—I love sci-fi and wanted to see this movie. Then I prayed. This is what God led me to, the definition of Avatar: av·a·tar /'ævə'tɑr, ævə·tɑr/ Pronunciation [av-uh-tahr] –noun 1. Hindu Mythology. the descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god.

Trust me, this was not my own thought or idea, I WANTED to see it. The title of a movie is always specially selected. Let the title speak for itself. I’m listening to the Lord and will not be seeing this movie. Listen to what he tells you.
—Deborah, age 39 (USA)
Negative—I have not seen this movie nor do I want to. I had a very uneasy feeling about it from the first time of seeing previews on it and now that the display of DVDs is set up in WalMart I feel a creepy feeling come over me every time and am very uneasy. Now I know. After hearing something mentioned on a radio program about Hindu Avatar I did some research and found this: http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/12/avatar-movie-similarities-with-hindu.html?showComment=1261469245396 after reading it now I know why I felt such unease. There is only ONE WAY to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ—in John 14:6, He says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.”

Someone told me this when I shared this about the movie with her: “I loved the story behind the movie. For me it showed two worlds coming together and looking beyond differences and love unites them!! I loved that part but am not watching it again due to the voodoo and animals and stuff behind!” I replied: “Isn’t that just the enemy’s ploy, though, to see the love uniting two worlds… and making it all sweet and innocent looking and behind it is evil?”
—Pamela, age 49 (USA)
Negative—I watched portions and had to walk away. The name of the Lord is taken in vain frequently. My children tell me welcome to the 21st century—but while some of what we listen to is not by choice, watching a movie is—if entertainment is more important than honoring God with your ears—than rent for the cinematography—but if you want to honor God with your ears. Don’t bother.
—Concerned Mom, age 44 (USA)
Negative—I tried watching this movie since some of my friends said that it was good, but I couldn’t stand all the swearing and the almost naked natives. It gets really boring half-way in, the parts with Eywa are not too bad as far as I saw. I don’t recommend this movie at all!
—David, age 14 (Canada)
Negative—…The movie entertains the death of a soldier, and it is also paganistic and sexist. It entertains the death of the troops by telling the audience of the world that the death of a American soldier (in particular) is not a bad thing; it but is a good thing (which seems satanic all unto itself, based off the fact that when our troops are dying, they die in a horrific way, and the movie is making that into entertainment) for the world.

The movie is sexist because the nude alien girl is a representation of the perfect female. The alien is the stereotype image that men want for the woman but can never find because in movie the alien girl: acts perfect, she has the perfect figure, she’s for some reason falls hopelessly in love with the new guy, and everything she does is perfect.

I don’t need to explain why the movie is paganistic.

Alright moving on!! Nancy, I agree with what you have said about the movie because above all else the anti-troop stuff in the movie is the most offensive to me…

Sylvia I agree with what you have said about the fact that you sensed something like an evil force coming out of the movie when you are watching that, because sometimes I experienced the same thing, as well, when I have watched TV shows and movies in the past…
—Jennifer, age 22 (USA)
Negative—This film has an underlying anti-God basis. It is incomprehensible to me whenever I hear someone say that it has a Christian theme. It is masked by a supposed Christian theme, but below is a man (the very director) who is against God.
—Haylee, age 17 (USA)