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The Last Airbender (2010)

Director:
M. Night Shyamalan
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Fantasy/Adventure
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Luftens siste mester
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
M. Night Shyamalan
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Sam Mercer
Scott Aversano
Screenwriter:
M. Night Shyamalan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Aang Noah Ringer
Prince Zuko Dev Patel
Katara Nicola Peltz
Sokka Jackson Rathbone
Iroh Shaun Toub
Commander Zhao Aasif Mandvi
Princess Yue Seychelle Gabriel
Fire Lord Ozai Cliff Curtis

 

Review

M. Night Shyamalan first gained recognition as a filmmaker because his films (notably The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs) had edge and nerve, written and shot from a different perspective, with something unique to communicate. There is nothing unique about Shyamalan's latest outing, The Last Airbender, however. It is a self-absorbed and glossed fantasy adventure which boasts little else than all the mandatory ingredients for this rapidly self-destructing subgenre: a chosen Messiah figure, a simple good/bad dichotomy, furry mythical animals, and wild and grandiose scenery. There's nothing wrong about the story's outline or moral, it's just that the film appears completely inane and flat before our eyes. Shyamalan somehow drains all potential vivacity from his film, seemingly trying to make his film as generic as possible while still ceremoniously insisting on the story's importance and pathos, forgetting in the process that we've been told and seen all this many times before - and in better versions. The dialogue and the acting contribute to the same conclusion, perhaps with the exception of Shaun Toub, who exhibits something which in another movie could have been a touch of class. And the fighting scenes, which should have been filled with aggression and tension, instead look like tamely choreographed practice sessions from So You Think You Can Dance.

 

Copyright 6.12.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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