Skip to comments.Does 'Avatar' Contain Hidden Messages?
Posted on 12/25/2009 6:17:03 AM PST by RWB Patriot
Since it opened last week, James Cameron's much-anticipated film "Avatar" has won praise from movie critics and been a juggernaut at the box office. But some who have seen the film say that it contains hidden messages that are anti-war, pro-environment, and perhaps even racist.
For the benefit of those who haven't seen the film, a little nonspoiler background might be useful. The story is set in the year 2154 when Earth's inhabitants, having used up most of their natural resources through decades of living in excess, plan to use military force to conquer Pandora, a moon roughly the same size as Earth. Pandora, inhabited by a wise, peaceful, and nature-respecting people with blue skin called the Na'vi, is rich in a resource that the people of Earth desperately need. The earthlings send in a crew of special-forces mercenaries armed with guns, bombs, and other sophisticated weaponry to attack and conquer the Na'vi (who some think resemble American Indians and Africans), despite the fact that they represent no direct threat to the inhabitants of Earth. Since humans can't breathe in Pandora's atmosphere, the military employs mind-controlled avatars that resemble the Na'vi in every way to venture out from their landing craft and explore the landscape. Sympathizing with the Na'vi after becoming acquainted with them and their customs, one of the human-controlled avatars becomes a turncoat and helps lead the people of Pandora in the defense of their homeland.
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The line of the human in the avatar, Jake Sulley, praying to Ewah, alien mother of the world, “We killed our mother, please help us to protect you”.
The premise for his article is false..
Humans were exploiting a mineral on Pandora.
Guy probably hasn’t even seen the movie...
I’d say that’s pretty overt.
Bad, mean, pillaging, destructive Americans (er...Earthmen) invading and destroying peace loving peoples and taking their respources everywhere. Left swill and spin straight from Code Pink. Nothing hidden about it.
Ignoring history and making a lie and mockery of it for their own leftist/socialist/marxist politics which, in truth, are the real representation fo the very ills they project on the nation and people who have brought the most peace, prosperity, and freedom to mankind in recorded history.
This the same James Cameron who used how many supercomputers consuming how many kilowatts of power operated by how many animators driving how many cars to work in studios consuming how much heating, lighting, and cooling power to create a movie that was shown in how many theaters consuming how much power attended by how many people that drove how many cars to see said movie?
Oh, and I assume he'll be driven in a limo to accept his awards...
I’ve seen it and thought it fairly dripped with new age metaphysical symbolism. Virtually every conceivable greenie cliche was well represented from the evil capitalists to the noble savages. To say these messages were “hidden” is like calling Everest a hill.
That said, the anti-US and anti-Marine message of the film made me want to puke. The other people with me were unhappy with it also. It was definitely an anti-US soldier message, that the US Marines were gung-ho killers.
BTW, the entire army of nasties were all Caucasian except for a brief shot of one Afro-American and that came late in the killing spree. That always annoys me, esp. when the three major 'good guys' who join our hero in the fight are one each: Black, Hispanic and Caucasian.
Next time, just follow the example of the Colonial Marines.... “Nuke it above from obit”
I saw the movie. Not all that impressed.
It’s just one more “ White Men Are Evil “ Movie.
I say, "Starve the Beast, read a book from your local library instead!"
Especially if you play it backwards while chugging a beer.
Decided not to see it either after reading the true “plot”. But on another note, my sister went in Palm Beach and said that the audience applauded at the end...
This guy hasn’t seen the movie. The “messages” aren’t hidden at all. They’re right out in the open.
...humans have a "terrible history" of "entitlement" in which we "take what we need" from nature and indigenous peoples "and don't give back."
This Gaia nonsense is getting out of hand. Nature is not a person whom one can "give to" and "take from." There is no real economy or even reciprocity.
If this continues, I forsee human blood sacrifice in our future. I mean, we gotta give something back to Nature, right?
If a movie/TV show even has a hint of being anti American or anti Troops, I wont waste one minute on it.
I have too little free time to be bothered. Would rather play with the cat or watch old Tv shows on DVD.
It’s the only way to be sure.
“having used up most of their natural resources through decades of living in excess, plan to use military force to conquer Pandora”
Isn’t this similar to the premise in “Independence Day” as to why the aliens were invading earth?
I’m going to give this re-make of Fern Gully a pass.
Almost every great work of art is created to work on multiple levels, including an actual story or theme and a subtext. This movie falls into that category. Writer James Cameron shows old school racist colors as well as extreme hypocrisy way in this admittedly visually spectacular film.
1. White man saves primitive speciesPLEASE, James, not this pat Hollywood formula AGAIN. I know it makes money but give me a breakI threw up a little in my mouth when I saw this coming one more time.(p.s.Im white).
2. White man flips seamlessly between his white world and the more compelling primitive world (Cameron living vicariously through the Navi (NBA?), as he no doubt wishes that he, like many white libs, were black). OK man, got it, but the expiration date on that one was about 1989 and now its really starting to stink up the place.
3. I loved the makeup of the military defectorsa Latino dude, a handicapped white dude, two white academics, and a probable Lesbian. Man, I love that Democratic party! James, do you have any other paint by numbers coloring books you can share?
4. Closing scenes show almost every single bad human to be white men. Certainly no women, and few if any Latinos, Asians or Blacks. Hmmm.
5. Worst of all, the real story of the film is not the taking of the precious metal from the Navi, or about the taking of oil from Iraq, or about the stripping of the the rain forest. Its about the James Cameron mining our uncertainties about race in order to make an insane amount of money. This kind of maneuver will blow up your emotional Hometree whether you realize it or not, and most people will never how completely they have been manipulated by this film.
One more point regarding race while I’m on a roll — I’m perplexed as to why people of all colors continue to beat white people up over the issue of slavery. Folks, the slave trade TODAY as perpetrated by Arabs and Africans against native Africans is ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE larger than the slave trade in the colonial U.S. African governments have been selling their own people across the world for centuries. MANY, MANY more slaves ended up in South American vs. North American. Dont let your professors play you for a fool with their revisionist history as the world has been a nasty place for a long, long time and non-white faces have played a huge part in the nastiness.
I prefer to live in a post-racial world where I dont really give a damn about anyones race. I dont care if you are white, brown, green, black, purple or see-through, if youre a good person Im going to like you, and if not then Ill be seeing you later.
Thats my take. Happy Holidays and God Bless.