26 February 2010


Written & Directed by: James Cameron
Full credits at IMDb

It’s wickedly subversive that the number one movie ever (not adjusted for inflation, thus meaningless) is about a marine who rejects the American Army and joins up with The Terrorists. Because, obviously, that’s what [Avatar]’s tall, blue tribesmen are; Cameron makes the allegories blatant, with American contractors harvesting an energy source from lands occupied by indigenous peoples unimpressed by the occupiers’ school-building efforts. (Well, there are parallels to the American Indian genocide, too, natch.) When the Earthlings destroy the Na’vis’ “Hometree” (groan), it evokes the felling of the Twin Towers, driving home the suggestion that the Americans are “terrorists,” too.

Keep reading my discussion with Benjamin Sutton at The L Magazine

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