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James Cameron’s film, Avatar, is a very moving story about freedom and choices. Jake Sully, an ex-marine, travels to Pandora to fulfil his brother’s dream of being in an avatar body and researching the environment on Pandora. Jake goes through a lot of hard times and ends up having to choose between being human and destroying Pandora, or being one of the Na’vi and saving the girl he loves and her people. James Cameron has highlighted choices that we have to make in our world by presenting them in a different context. Watching the film makes a person really think about discrimination, humanity and the choices we make in our world because of how the humans have made the wrong choices in Avatar. James Cameron’s filming techniques were outstanding by the way he made the main themes stand out so much. Two scenes that can be compared and contrasted to show the main themes, hope and not giving up, are the destruction of the Tree of Souls and The Great Battle. In destroying of the tree of souls Neytiri and Jake are helpless and cannot go up against the big machines that are tearing the place down. The camera is angled down to show how small Jake and Neytiri are compared to the bulldozer. Even though Jake had finished the final stages of becoming a man with the Na’vi, he was still shifting back and forth between worlds, which made him even more useless in this situation. We know this because Jake says, “Everything is backward now, like out there is the real world and in here is the dream” This proves that Jake feels he is becoming one of the Na’vi but yet is still a human and cannot just leave that life yet. He is probably confused and cannot believe that the humans could be so selfish. The destruction of The Tree of Souls also shows viewers that the humans are really strong as they have the advantage of gun power and huge war machines. It looks like the Na’vi could easily lose the battle since they are only fighting with arrows. In this scene, James Cameron has...
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