Avatar: The Path of Water

James Cameron’s obsession with water did not start with the secret of the abyss or with titanic. Nor with its impressive documentaries on the mysteries of the underwater world such as The Bismarck, Ghosts of the Abyss either Creatures of the abyss. it all started with Piranha II: Vampires of the Sea, the terrifying sequel to the classic exploitation Directed by Joe Dante.

That 1981 film with cheap special effects and lousy performances is far from Terminator, the masterpiece of cyberpunk that would be praised by the great Andrei Tarkovsky. The sequel to this film would be much bigger in budget and special effects, but it would not be as impressive as its predecessor and the saga would be ruined with a series of bland and horrifying installments, taken over by other directors. On the other hand, Aliensthe sequel to the science fiction classic directed by Ridley Scott, would move away from horror to focus on action, and the result would be tremendously effective.

However, Cameron, a lover of the technological aspect of cinema, succumbed like his colleague George Lucas, to the desire to impress his audience with titanic Y Avatar. These two films became the most expensive in history and would be products overloaded with special effects, but lacking the warmth and emotion of his early works. In any case, the recreation of the sinking of the ocean liner and the story about blue beings tormented by invading humans, would turn out to be the highest grossing films of all time.

The sequel to Avatar it took James Cameron more than thirteen years. In the process, 20th Century Fox studios were bought by Disney and finally, under the auspices of the mouse house, his movie came to light. Not only that. Cameron has promised three more installments, scheduled for 2024, 2026 and 2028, respectively, and at a collective cost of more than $1 trillion. Gone is the director of low-budget films like piranha II and the first part of Terminator.

Yes Cartman, the character from the animated series South Park, referred to Avatar as “Dance with Smurfs” (referring to the Western Kevin Costner’s revisionist and the blue creatures created by the Belgian Peyo), Avatar: The path of water, It can well be assumed as “The Snorkerls: Fast and Furious”.

Cameron’s new work cost more than $350 million and is a stunning visual treat, full of glitter and color. More than a movie, the sequel to Avatar It feels like a three-plus hour introduction to a next-generation video game, without the interactive experience that ultimately differentiates a video game from a feature film.

The problem with the path of water lies in the fact that it is a beautiful but empty package. Gone is the story that explored themes such as empathy, colonialism and racism. Likewise, the classic “hero’s journey” expertly developed by Cameron in his “Dances with Smurfs” is now replaced with a larger, longer, uncut patchwork quilt (note the cynical reference to the Smurfs movie). South Park), which presents numerous logical problems, which are hidden behind a waste of visual effects and an exaltation of the importance of the “family”, in the same way that Toretto has done in a recalcitrant way and without many arguments, in the nine parts of the saga of Fast and Furious.

3D images of the path of water They become highly immersive, but, paradoxically, the vacant stares of the characters and the hyper-realistic movements do not allow us to get involved with what is happening on the screen. The same as The Hobbitmoviegoers will prefer a 2D version that feels more human and not the product of a machine (note the cynical reference to Terminator).

This brings us to the script, which seems to be the product of an algorithm and indiscriminately combines Cameron’s greatest hits with films like Free Willy, FernGully Y Aquaman (note the cynical reference to the series entourage), not to mention again Fast and Furious. In the first act, Sully (Sam Worthington turned into a Michael Biehn model T-3000), lives with his partner Neytiri (Zoe Saldana more overacted than ever) and with a “family” made up of Kiri (Sigourney Weaver unrecognizable), the daughter with mystical powers; Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), his father’s favorite and eldest son; Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), the wayward boy; and Tuk (Trinity Bliss), the cute girl of the clan. Together with them we find Spider (Jack Champion), a human scion son of the evil Quaritch, adopted by the Na’vi and with the appearance of Anakin Skywalker combined with the protagonist of the forgotten series. Patota and the young savage.

Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang, far from the threat he embodied in Do not breathe) and his group of Marines (similar to the group of Aliens), have become Na’vi and have enlisted the support of General Frances Ardmore (a wasted Eddie Falco) to return to Pandora and fulfill the mission of hunting down and eliminating the renegade Sully, whom Quaritch hates more than Gargamel hates. The Smurfs.

Gone was Unobtanium, the substance that humans extract from Pandora as a source of energy, which is not mentioned (probably the story was very similar to the premises of Black Panther and his vibranium or Strange world and his pando). This time the thing is personal!

Sully, upon learning that Quaritch and his squad are coming for him, decides to leave his tribe and migrate with his family to the beaches where the Metkayina clan lives. Led by Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) and his wife Ronal (Kate Winslet), this group of differently built, aquamarine snorkelers resembles a hippy surfing commune living in harmony with the sea. The Metkayina have established a strong bond with a species of “whales” much more intelligent and sensitive than us measly humans. These humans are represented by an evil hunter (Brendan Cowell) and a petty marine biologist (Jemaine Clement), who kill “whales” to extract from them a mysterious substance that prevents aging.

Anyone who has seen more than ten movies in their life will anticipate what is coming. The humans are going to interrupt the way of life of the Metkayina, who will have to defend themselves; Lo’ak, the rebellious boy, will establish a great friendship with a renegade whale; Spider will question his loyalty; Kiri’s mystical powers will be of great help in the end; Sully and Quaritch will go head to head like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Paxton in True Lies; and one of the family members will die tragically in the midst of a maritime hecatomb very similar to that of titanic. In The path of the water the concept of spoilers does not apply.

Cameron’s film impresses with its 3D images, but the characters, with dialogues taken from Hanna-Barbera animated series, lack any dimension. The action scenes and the chases do not have the viscerality obtained by Cameron in his two Terminator and in Aliens. But yes, the cloying corniness of Titanic, along with the sweetened music of James Horner (and The Weekend replacing Celine Dion), it is more than present.

But there is no reason to fear. Everyone wants to see this new movie and the result is going to be another mega-blockbuster. Martin Scorsese should stop bashing Marvel movies and focus his eyes on this expensive virtual amusement park with movie-movie pretensions.

Avatar: The Path of Water