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NRB Film Review: The Last Airbender-Why Hollywood Doesn’t Need Politics To Make Us Despise Them

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Posted on July 7 2010 9:30 am

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M. Night Shyamalan has been due for a comeback film for many years. The Sixth Sense was so long ago I’m afraid to ask if anyone remembers it. Signs was a good film, though after several misses he made The Happening, which at least was a step up from The Village. Shyamalan’s latest adventure is the 3D film version of The Last Airbender. While this doesn’t seem like something that would be a good fit for Shyamalan, I went in with an open mind and 3D glasses in hand.

The film, based on the popular Nickelodeon show, is about four nations (Earth, Air, Wind, Fire) that are bound together by destiny. It all changed when the Fire Nation waged war on the others in a pursuit for global domination. One day, two members of the Water Nation, brother and sister Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), stumble upon a frozen water bubble. Katara, their nation’s last water shifter, decides to break the ice.

What they find is a child and dinosaur-like creature lying unconscious.  The child turns out to be Aang (Noah Ringer) who downplays his role as part of an ancient tribe after he realizes he had been frozen for a century. His entire family was killed by the war brought on by the Fire Nation. Aang turns out to be part of an extinct species, airbenders, which had long been outlawed. On top of that he is an Avatar, which is a shifter that can move all elements instead of just one and can also communicate with the spirit world.

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