Premiere of James Cameron's Avatar
a movie variant by Steve Payne
says: what if Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" had
never been made, and instead Avatar reprised the subtextual themes of
imperialism and colonial violence explored in Joseph Conrad's 1902 novel
"Heart of Darkness"? Please note that the opinions expressed in
this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
December 10: on this day
in 2009 the movie "Avatar" premiered in cinema theatres across
North America. Loosely based on the narrative of Joseph Conrad's novella
"Heart of Darkness", the action/adventure of this blockbuster
movie is relocated on the Earth-like planet of Pandora, set one hundred
and fifty years in the future. Click
to watch the trailer of Avatar.
And instead of genocidal Belgians murdering Africans for elephant tusks
in the Congo, James Cameron's movie places "the haters" in
conflict with the Na'vi, but these n-words are a blue-skinned species of
sapient humanoids with feline characteristics.
"Killing the indigenous population looks
bad, but if there's one thing the shareholders hate more than bad press,
it's a bad quarterly statement" ~ Parker Selfridge
Much like Conrad's novel, the underlying drivers are unchanged,
predicated upon the pursuit of "unobtanium", a precious metal
worth $20 million per kilogram. In a dramatic scene, the "Home
Tree" of the Na'vi is destroyed to the music of Wagner - because it
is located directly on top of a huge location of unobtanium.
to watch the scene from "Apocalype Now".
"Imagine all that chowder!" ~ Parker
Selfridge"Imagine all that chowder!" justifies Parker
Selfridge, the insane corporate administrator for the RDA mining
operation and a character clearly based on Conrad's rogue trader, Kurtz.
Selfridge is not the only character suspected of "getting lost
in the woods". Reprising the tragic role of Conrad's hero Marlow,
Jake Sulley is a US marine sent to Pandora to locate his renegade
brother, Tommy. Suspected of "going native", the climax
reveals that Tommy (pictured) has actually mutated into a Na'vi by
transmigrating his human soul into an Avatar.
says, considerable amounts of source material have been repurposed
from the source article on Wikipedia.
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