James Cameron’s 12-years-in-the-making, $250 million production appeared to deliver the goods and live up to the hype after a 25-minute screening of Avatar was greeted to a standing ovation on Thursday night. At least in terms of the visuals, most agree that the sneak peek has displayed some of the most advanced CGI ever produced. What was also notable is the way it was filmed; the camera movements mimic a shaky, almost documentary-like approach. Leaving a visual experience that is not only state of the art but unique as well. Many are saying that the CGI world that Cameron and crew have created feels almost as if they “took a camera and placed it on another planet.” The 3D effects, for once, doesn’t draw attention to themselves, instead serving only to only enhance the experience. The story centers around a paraplegic veteran sent to a planet called Pandora, which is inhabited by a humanoid race called the Na’vi. The colonizing humans find themselves at odds with the planet’s indigenous population and all out war breaks out. One critic likened it to a “Dances with Wolves in space.” The film stars Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, and Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana.
There were also some notable announcements about the film including free screenings on August 21st at IMAX screens around the world, as well as a teaser trailer set to be released in early next month.
Avatar toys have also made their debut for anyone excited about that stuff.
Here is a video of Avatar‘s panel discussion: