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James Cameron's Avatar Teaser Trailer Breakdown
A closer look at the first trailer for James Cameron's Avatar
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James Cameron's Avatar Teaser Trailer Breakdown

A big old spaceship. It takes years to travel from Earth to Pandora (which is all the way over by Alpha Centauri) and this is the ship that takes war veteran Jake Sully to join the expedition.
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1 This film is brillant.. Ive never felt like i was part of the action before!
Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2009, 17:48 by KalEl009
The scenes where the creature thing is chasing Jake and the opening sequence and those realism of those eyes in Dimensional Real 3D is unbelievable. Maybe lightning will strike twice... These haters are ridicolous. Most of them proably didnt even see the 3D screening(Thats the way to see Avatar) And if they read up on the thing, there are two versions of Avatar visuals. THey arent even finished tthe overall SFX... Brillant, reminds me of when I first saw JP, and SWs 77...Except this feels bigger!!! Much Bigger. Folks only see this in a Digital real 3D Theater... And I guarantee no film comes close for giving you a true jaw dropping experience. I mean folks were sweating in sequences only 8 mins long lol. TY Mr. Cameron!! Read More

2 RE: Avatar Teaser Trailer Breakdown
Posted on Monday August 24, 2009, 16:53 by absolutmark
But underwhelmed by the whole thing really. I was expecting something that merged cgi with live action and didn't look like one of the TV spots for a new console game (Halo 3, Gears of War). when cameron said we wouldn't be able to tell the difference between what was real and what was cgi I assumed the computer stuff would be ultra real, Instead, the live action stuff looking more like a computer game. After seeing the trailer it looks like it's going to animation with a bit of live action interspersed, so now a can lower my expectations. I just hope I don't walk away with the same feeling of the CGI being overdone like I did with the Star Wares prequels. Read More

3 Halo?
Posted on Monday August 24, 2009, 16:30 by slimmy
Hornets, Banshees, sounds a bit like halo. But this film does like pretty sweet, who couldnt like smurfs on roids Read More

4 Gotta ask...
Posted on Monday August 24, 2009, 12:29 by nclowe
...does Empire get sent along notes from the production companies to do these trailer breakdowns? The captions always have way more info than I manage to gleam from the trailers! In this case it actually helped me figure out what was happening in the Avatar trailer! Cheers! Read More

5
Posted on Monday August 24, 2009, 10:43 by pgmark
Thanks Zedferret for that link. I kinda like Unobtanium now. Maybe more creative than I first thought. Though surely by making it a real resource it becomes less facetious and even more silly. Think I'll rechristen it Pandamonium. Read More

6 From the 3d Preview Screening
Posted on Sunday August 23, 2009, 23:24 by CiaranHowley
Hmmmm... ok guys, here's my two cents. I saw the preview screening before I saw the trailer and I have to say that the trailer doesn't do it justice. 3D aside I think it looks like a very solid sci-fi film with the kind of full-out worlds we've read about in books/ seen in games but haven't seen too much on the big screen. Whats sets it apart though (imo) is that the 3d just makes it all so intense. There's a scene where the main guys gets chased by the big rat-lizard thing and lasts about 5 minutes... I was exhausted after it! This is a film that just won't let you switch off. The story/setting/visual effects on their own won't revolutionise cinema but no-one has done 3d this well before and that is what is making it stand out. It may not be the best film ever, maybe not even close, but it's going to be one hell of an experience. Read More

7 WOW!
Posted on Sunday August 23, 2009, 22:18 by boredbluekoala
When James Cameron re-invents the Smurfs he doesn't fuck about! Read More

8 George Lucas
Posted on Sunday August 23, 2009, 14:55 by Mulholland Empire
a lot of people have mentioned George Lucas but at least he had lightsabre's! Read More

9 'That bow's about eight feet long!'
Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 23:20 by teamzissou
Fucking Awesome! Read More

10 HYPE
Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 23:17 by teamzissou
Who on earth wrote the captions for this and how much is James Cameron paying them? What more do we want from a movie? Well a decent story would be nice. Please calm down Empire. So far all we've got to go on is some hype from Cameron and a fairly disappointing trailer. Read More

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Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 20:44 by MarDev
This just looks like Pixar with a lot of violence. I'm not gonna write it off, but please, Empire, try to be objective in the build up to its release. Don't bang on about every new trailer between now and December. We all know Cameron doesn't do bad movies, but this could really suffer from over hype. Read More

12 RE: VISUAL EFFECTS IS NOT IMPORTANT BU THE STORY IS!
Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 17:49 by Monkeyshaver
L: DBJ90 When it comes to using visual effects in this highly anticipated film, most of you have set your expectations too high and yes y's that? Because Cameron has been banging on about how this will change the face of cinema & about the photorealistic cg etc. Now we know that was all bullshit. Read More

13 VISUAL EFFECTS IS NOT IMPORTANT BU THE STORY IS!
Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 12:50 by DBJ90
When it comes to using visual effects in this highly anticipated film, most of you have set your expectations too high and yes, i was a bit disappointed at first but the V/F shouldn't matters as long as there will be a lot of action sequences that I'm sure of will make my mouth open and say, "Can't believe what I'm seeing!". But whenever it comes to the story, I'm sure that the Master of Science Fiction will impress us once again as he always know what to. Shame on you for doubting him and it's only a trailer so how can you say it's not good or not bad. Just wait until the end of the film and I have no doubt that James Cameron will have directed the greatest sci-fi film of all time and one of the greatest ever. So relax and wait for the months to fly. Thanks for reading Read More

14 Pull the plug!
Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 11:46 by BondVsPredator
So let me get this straight... a human navi hybrid is leading a resistance that threatens the very presence of humans on this planet... and he's being controlled by a fella in a human lab? Erm... Well...? Read More

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Posted on Saturday August 22, 2009, 01:57 by bigdave3000
slightly pointless feature. unobtainium was in "the core" Read More

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Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 21:12 by Zedferret
Unobtanium. Cameron didn't make it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unobtainium Read More

17 RE:
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 18:10 by Monkeyshaver
What would Dances With Wolves be like if George Lucas directed it? Answer - Avatar! Read More

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Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 14:37 by vivlitherland
i do enjoy empires trailer breakdowns Read More

19 Meh...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 13:26 by Ballschin
It looked good but when your expecting something as revolutionary as the first "talkie" it's a little disappointing... Read More

20 Its not just about effects!
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 13:21 by BAM123
Like many, I am worried that this might not live up to the hype. That said, apart from pirahna 2, I have yet to see a bad Cameron movie. This trailer showed enough to me to suggest that this will be a great film. Lets not forget that cameron is a master of the 'war' in space movie. The thing that did dissapoint was that I saw nothing here other than well polished CGI, but certainly nothing that suggests a film making revolution. However in defense, this is the first full live action movie to intigrate the new 3 d technology, so things could be very different when you put the glasses on, just think: overhead space explosions and ships flying overhead, it could be amazing. Finally for the doubters, don't forget that cameron is one of the Grandfathers of action films whilst maintaining excellent characters, it's not just about the effects for him, unlike Lucas. Read More

21 A change of heart...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 13:16 by Col.Dax
Oddly, upon first viewing of the trailer yesterday, I thought it looked too George Lucasy and hated it. This is partly because I, like many others hold Aliens and Terminator in such high esteem... But having settled with it, and realised that there is no other way to tell such a story I've since embraced it, and am now back on track with my Avatar relationship... Besides the thing we hate about the Star Wars prequels is that the story is tosh, so in theory could be great. I'm now a converted optimist :) Read More

22 Unobtanium
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 13:13 by greg_stinson
Unobtanium! That's weird, Oakley use that in their sunglasses! No joke... Read More

23 FernGully: The Last Rainforest + Halo = Avatar
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 12:59 by Youshouldberunning
I can't help wanting more of the Halo, and less of the FernGully. Read More

24 avatar of the clones
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 12:38 by Aodhan12
this always seems to happen when directors get more interested in technology than in story. Looks like a George Lucas wet dream. Read More

25 Pics look ok...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 12:27 by Fuzzbap
Well the screens look all right, but I'll have to see it in action before I can gauge my excitement level. And as pgmark said: Unobtanium? That's bloody dreadful. Sounds like something out of Ratchet & Clank, which at least is tongue-in-cheek anyway. Read More

26 Trailer Here!
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 12:14 by steveg66
On the Sky News site. Looks gorgeous http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/video/Avat ar-Trailer-James-Camerons-Latest-Film-Heralded-As-3-D-G round-Breaking-Movie/Video/200908315366167?lpos=World+N ews_3&lid=VIDEO_2008150_%27Ground-Breaking%27+Avata r+Trailer&videoCategory=World+News Read More

27 Looks amazing...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 11:44 by Hugo Z. Hackenbush
...but it's got 12A written all over it. Read More

28 Judgement reserved
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 10:44 by livewire
Think it looks good. Some of the CG looks great in HD and will no doubt look better in the cinema. I do think however that cameron has spent all this time developing a new way to film which enhances the film making process but does not overly enhance the actual viewing experience. Could be wrong so will wait to see it in the cinema before offering an opinion on if it meets the hype. have to say though i am impressed by the trailer. Read More

29 RE: Avatar Teaser Trailer Breakdown
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 10:08 by Beg
]] The key thing from the movie-con footage was not the CG backgrounds/beasties (though they were cool), it was how good the performance capture was. Mo-capped performances have come close to looking real (Gollum, for example) but never quite make it. But the scene at Movie-Con showed (to me at least) that this wasn't a mo-capped CG face, it was Sigourney Weaver. Who, oh yes, just happened to be a big blue cat. Ultimately it's a James Cameron war-in-space movie with battle mechs, flying mountains and psychic dragons. I'll be there opening night. Read More

30 RE: Avatar Teaser Trailer Breakdown
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 10:02 by andywall19
Generally in agreement with all of these comments - a bit underwhelming in terms of the whole "heralding a new age in cinema". The CGI looks great, I'd like to see more human character arcs and the whole vision of the machines/war etc looks well realised.....but its not a great leap (or arguably any leap) from numerous other well conceived and executed sci-fi movies. Still holding opinion for seeing this footage in 3d though, hopefully that will add a new dimension (pun intended) to the film. However.....in one respect I would say that this whole trailer release/Avatar day marketing ploy has been a massive success. Number 1 reading the feedback to the trailer it has succeeded in a way Phantom Menace never did till release day, it has dampened expectations for the second coming in film form, something that was never going to happen. For me the film was doomed to be a failure if it followed typical film marketing as it would never, ever meet the expectations of most people. ThRead More

31 I think ...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:50 by Nicky C
... that in IMAX this will be amazing! Let alone IMAX 3D. Woof! Read More

32 Don't judge a book by its cover
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:46 by Moronifighter
Some people are saying it looks like a videogame as if it's a bad thing! For me some of the greatest cinematic moments in my life I've experienced while playing a game! I think cameron is very clever and has made this film for a new generation! And to people who say the effects seem crap I say, don't forget there's still 4 months till the films release so things can improve massively plus seeing it on a small screen is a whole world away from experiencing it on a massive screen in 3D. I think mr cameron will silence all his critics come december and I'll be there first in the queue! Read More

33 Perhaps where this will shine...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:40 by jrewing1000
...on reflection, after a disappointing viewing of the trailer, I have a hunch that this film will truely shine in the 3D cinema. I am still hoping that James Cameron has an ace up his sleeve, and will showcase his own take on how to make a 3D movie. 3D i've seen so far has been ok, but nobody seems to have grasped it and pushed it to it's limits. Avatar could be that movie. I hope so anyway, otherwise this will just go down in history as a rather pretty CG animation. Come on Jim, show us what we want! Read More

34 An Exploration in Merchandise
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:40 by Soiled Mole
I have to say I'm slightly underwhelmed by this trailer, its got some really pretty CGI but i wouldn't call it ground breaking. Also in my opinion the design of the ships and the aliens look very much geared for easy merchandising rather than for originality which is very disappointing considering the artistic talents of cameron himself.... nevertheless I'm sure this will still be a thoroughly enjoyable movie, Jim's not gone wrong so far... Read More

35 Unobtanium?
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:33 by pgmark
Unobtanium has to be the worst (and as they are mining it surely a little ironic) name for a made up natural resource ever. The technology may be enhanced in the future but the scientists creativity isn't. Read More

36 Perhaps where this will shine...
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 09:23 by jrewing1000
...on reflection, after a disappointing viewing of the trailer, I have a hunch that this film will truely shine in the 3D cinema. I am still hoping that James Cameron has an ace up his sleeve, and will showcase his own take on how to make a 3D movie. 3D i've seen so far has been ok, but nobody seems to have grasped it and pushed it to it's limits. Avatar could be that movie. I hope so anyway, otherwise this will just go down in history as a rather pretty CG animation. Come on Jim, show us what we want! Read More

37
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 08:38 by Sakperi
Although it's hard to make a sound opinion of how the film would look like on the big screen the extensive sight of alien-looking characters makes it non-appealing, reminding Star Wars Episode I. I'm looking forward to the theatrical trailer(s) to see more of the story and characters. Read More

38
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 08:29 by McQueen
Looks great for a cartoon. About as realistic as Second Life, lets hope the avatars go into sex shops and hang out in some bondage clubs like in Second Life. Well done Jim, another epic wait for a movie just to try and hammer home your theory that you are some sort of cinematic Messiah. Theories that Cameron will save cinema because Avatar will be almost impossible to be pirated have been proven incorrect already as this looks very downloadable. Read More

39 Dances With Aliens
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 08:04 by AutoBarn
It looks absolutely beautiful, and I think one of the most underrated elements of the trailer is the music... the pounding, incessant, almost Argento-esque soundtrack gives the whole thing a really portentous vibe. My one concern with this film is that, from the Papyrus logo down to the wood-elf-like aliens, the whole thing is a bit New-Agey... it's got a real Dances With Wolves vibe to it at the moment, with Sam's Avatar having to go through these rituals to become accepted by a more sacred and spiritual tribe than his own warring race. Read More

40
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 01:14 by cardosinho
The Hallelujah Mountains look just like Roger Dean´s floating islands....... Read More

41 halo
Posted on Friday August 21, 2009, 00:35 by bleugh07
if anyone has played halo three, they'll realise that the hornet assault craft are exact copies of -wait for it- the hornet assault craft from halo 3, except slightly larger and with bigger gyros on the sides Read More

42 Matrix? No, more like Aliens
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 23:39 by tobiasjensen
Tthis machines/suit really looks like the ones in Matrix yes, but bare in mind that they were inspired by the power loaders from Camerons Aliens! Read More

43 Oh so very meh.....
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 22:55 by Jimjams369
The single most mediocre trailer of the year! especially considering the head crippling hype...:( Read More

44 Hmm....
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 21:16 by warren7355
not really impressed to be honest, i was worried this was going to be another Phantom Menace and nothing i've seen here has persuaded me otherwise. The much heralded 'revolution' in cinema may appear one day, but this is not it. Read More

45 So,
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 19:25 by sagart
It's 'Dances with Wolves in Space' then. Ok, now I get it. Still looks awful. Read More

46 YAWN
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 19:04 by Monkeyshaver
So this is supposed to push the boundaries with CG? The CG does look impressive but it just looks like impressive CG not the wow I can't tell what's real & what's not hype! I expected more from Cameron, this looks like a cg cartoon! & from a visual level it offers nothing really groundbreaking & the action doesn't seem much different to countless other sci-fi movies. Read More

47 Can We Have This Now?
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 18:57 by joanna likes films
The trailer is brilliant and the breakdown for it makes it even more brilliant, the stunning scenery and detail is breathtaking. December is way too long, can we have it now? My fave bit is when Jake see his Avatar and smiles at it, very deep. And also the bit where Jake and Neytiri come close together, very intimate indeed. Read More

48 Reminds me of WoW and the Matrix, whilst still being Unique
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 18:55 by cooperthree
I personally think this looks incredible (although I still think that Cameron's best is Titanic, even after Avatar's release) but does it remind anyone else of World of Warcraft and the Matrix? For instance, those floating mountain things early on - Outland in WoW? And the Ampsuits (is that right?) like the whaddya-call-them in The Matrix Revolutions? No? I'm not critiscizing by the way, just thought that was kinda cool, but WOAH, I think this looks amazing!!! It looks so unique, yet so typically sci-fia nd mythological... wow! Read More

49
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 18:38 by dunkah
There's shades of Heinlein and Moebius all through this thing... Read More

50
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 17:51 by crazymoviesdude
I don't know about that. I think it looks fantastic for the most part, and the real groundbreaking is supposedly in the field of 3D, so we can't judge until Decmeber. Though just on a personal note, I'll probably forgoe the 3D, as no matter how well it is done, it's still a gimmick. Read More

51 Dances With Viper Wolves (copyright "The Hat" 2009)
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 17:45 by The_Hat
So the trailer tells the ENTIRE story then? Hmmm... Still, I cannot wait to see this. Read More

52 Good but NOT earth-shattering-stuff!
Posted on Thursday August 20, 2009, 17:28 by John_Connor
Yeah, it looks cool enough. Although, having said that, at first glance, it kinda reminds me of 'Sith' (creatures, some of the landscape). You can't really judge a movie by it's first teaser. So, I won't do that. Instead, I'll just sit patiently, until opening night. One thing's for sure, though; it ain't as ground-breaking as they'd claimed it to be... Read More


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