The Last Airbender

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The Last Airbender

M Night Shyamalan (2010)

98min
PG Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

Premiere. A chosen one with mastery of the four elements is charged with keeping the peace between four nations. When he disappears while still a boy, one of these factions sees a chance to gain absolute power and wages war on the others. After 100 years, the chosen one is found and must find a way to restore harmony. Fantasy adventure based on the cartoon series, starring Noah Ringer and Dev Patel. Includes 5 News at 6pm.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Aug 2010
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