One of the best movies to come out this year, and perhaps the last decade in my view is James Cameron’s Avatar. Some folks have seen it in 2-D, others 3-D, and even others IMAX. Without a doubt, it is a sci-fi fantasy spectacle widely deserving it’s running time (a little over three hours) and all the hype leading up to it. Cameron’s first feature film since Titanic is a must see, even for the curious. Because of the different formats, I’ll even go far to say it is worthy of multiple viewings before it hits DVD and Blu-Ray. Folks, don’t procrastinate and wait for Blu-Ray. If you wait, you’ll kick yourself. It is not a perfect film, no film really is. But it is a visual feast of sight and sound; I also think the characters are fully fleshed out and the story really good, in spite of the influences of past movies.

Sam Worthington shows why Hollywood is tailoring him into leading man status; hard to think that the first time I saw the actor was mincemeat for a rabid giant crocodile in Rogue from a few years ago. (I actually liked that film, don’t let my side comment fool you). But last summer 2009 he stole Terminator 4 away from Christian Bale; in 2010 he’s the lead in the remake of 1981’s Clash Of The Titans. Titans, of course, considers stories and liberties taken with Greek mythology and fable. I know that’s what it is and where it comes from: myth and fiction. As a Christian, that sort of thing does not offend me. I know what is fiction, and what is truth. To me, the Bible is the truth. It is also true that every Christian’s walk with God is different. I’m far from perfect. But when I see a film like Avatar I know it’s science fiction.

So imagine my surprise when a small handful of reviewers critique Avatar, don’t like it all that much, and think it’s a slow moving piece of great visual effects yet chock full of New Age mumbo jumbo with strong far left undercurrents. I agree to disagree for the most part, but I found something even more disturbing than anything that the film itself can throw at the viewer, good or bad.

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