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The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender

M Night Shyamalan (2010)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director M Night Shyamalan's once glorious reputation is tarnished further by this tediously juvenile fantasy adventure in which the Fire Nation and its vengeful Prince Zuko (Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel) want to rule Air, Water and Earth. But will young avatar Aang (Noah Ringer) fulfil his destiny as controller of all four elements and return harmony to the universe? Based on a popular American anime series, this often incomprehensible, potted live-action update is so overloaded with CGI animation, the conversion almost feels redundant. A mix of hackneyed Tolkien fantasy, Brothers Grimm fairy tale and Old Testament cliché is evident in the heavily subplotted story, and the blanket banality is increased by Shyamalan's completely bland direction and wooden performances by his child stars. A few epic vistas and images are spectacular - notably the tsunami wall of water holding the Fire Nation's ships at bay - but most of the elemental "bending" is poorly conceived and unexciting, especially in the 3D repackaging.



Cast & Crew

Aang Noah Ringer
Prince Zuko Dev Patel
Katara Nicola Peltz
Sokka Jackson Rathbone
Uncle Iroh Shaun Toub
Cdr Zhao Aasif Mandvi
Fire Lord Ozai Cliff Curtis
Princess Yue Seychelle Gabriel
Director M Night Shyamalan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 13 Aug 2010


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