What is the major theme in the movie Avatar?  Was this screenplay written by James Cameron? What problems are tackled in the film?

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In the movie Avatar, written and directed by James Cameron, colonization and resistance to colonialism are the major themes. The story of the movie has major overlaps with the story of colonization by European countries against non-European/indigenous peoples. Particularly, one can see significant overlaps in how the lands now known...

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In the movie Avatar, written and directed by James Cameron, colonization and resistance to colonialism are the major themes. The story of the movie has major overlaps with the story of colonization by European countries against non-European/indigenous peoples. Particularly, one can see significant overlaps in how the lands now known as "North America" and "South America" were colonized by Europeans pursuing wealth in the forms of land and resource extraction.

The planet being colonized by soldiers of Earth, Pandora, is inhabited by the Na'vi people. The Na'vi people represent concepts of indigenous ways of living, as they live in harmony with their planet and practice a planet-based religion in which they understand the natural world to be sacred. The soldiers of Earth are well aware that their colonial pursuits mean the death of the Na'vi people and the ultimate destruction of Pandora. However, like the colonizers of the past, and the states, militaries, and corporations of the present, the soldiers do not care about how their actions will lead to death and ecological destruction.

One soldier, Jake, becomes the exception to the rest of the Earthlings and eventually chooses to fight alongside the Na'vi as they resist colonization. However, in an incredibly unrealistic, patronizing, and ultimately racist plot development (in my view), Jake becomes a savior of the Na'vi people and is chosen by the most powerful and sacred of the Toruk creatures to become the Toruk's rider (even though none of the indigenous people of the planet are chosen by this creature). In a likely unintended twist on Cameron's part, Jake's character continues to embody colonial attitudes and actions through this fantastical white savior trope.

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The 2009 blockbuster film Avatar was written and directed by American filmmaker James Cameron. There are several major themes that appear within the movie, but they are all woven together by the theme of self-discovery. Set in the twenty-second century, Avatar tells the story of Jake Sully's journey to the distant but habitable moon Pandora. Looking to escape and begin a new life, Sully (a paraplegic former Marine) travels to Pandora, which is home to the Naʼvi people—blue-skinned humanoids who stand up to ten feet tall. Humans have arrived to colonize the planet and mine for precious minerals which can be used in high technology. After Jake falls in love with one of the Naʼvi people, he is forced to pick sides, which brings about questions about his core identity.

There are strong ecological themes running through Cameron's Avatar as well. The Naʼvi have a naturalistic religion which worships the mother goddess Eywa, and they live in complete harmony with their environment. The human colonizers and their pursuit of technological progress threaten to upset this balance. Even though the company overseeing the excavation of unobtanium knows that its activities threaten to destroy the planet, their pursuit of wealth drives them forward. Critics have compared this dynamic to contemporary debates around climate change.

Critics have also argued that Cameron's Avatar offers viewers a critique of imperialism. Imperialism is the ideology or practice of one country exerting power over foreign countries, typically by use of military force. The religious customs and practices of the Naʼvi mirror, in some ways, those of the Native Americans, whose land was decimated by European invaders.

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The 2009 film Avatar was both written and directed by the legendary James Cameron. The project began as an eighty-page treatment in 1994, with the intention of the film being made after Titanic had been completed. This agenda was postponed, and it took Cameron another twelve years--working between other major projects--to get started on the writing of the screenplay; once he did begin working, the script was completed within four months. 

The film's primary theme is that of the consequences of imperialism. The plot bears witness to the oppression of an indigenous population, the Na'vi, at the hands of humans. Cameron himself has stated that the film is "certainly about imperialism in the sense that the way human history has always worked is that people with more military or technological [sic] might tend to supplant or destroy people who are weaker, usually for their resources." 

The problems tackled within the film include an energy crisis on Earth as a result of a depletion of natural resources, the extraterrestrial mining of unobtanium on the planet of Pandora, and the potential extermination of the Na'vi way of life because of this practice. 

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In the movie "Avatar" which was written and directed by James Cameron, two societies collide.  Thehumans have abandoned a dying Earth and invaded the planet of the "Na'vi."  Pandora has mineral and deposits that the human race wants for profit.  Scientist develop "Avatars" which look like the "Na'vi" and have "drivers."  Jake Sully's brother was killed in a botched robbery.  Since Jake was an identical twin, he agreed to become the driver for his brother's Avatar. 

Jake becomes part of the Na'vi people and learns to see a connection between the people and the earth.  He tries to save the Mother Tree for the Na'vi but fails.  He then joins them for a final battle and the invading humans are repelled and expelled from Pandora. 

The themes in "Avatar" are the destruction of land and people for natural resources and the invasion of a country for greed and profit.  We have a sub theme of environmentalism running throughout the movie.

"The film is set in the year 2154, when humans are mining a precious mineral called unobtanium on the lush moon Pandora in the Alpha Centauri star system.[5] The mining colony's expansion threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na'vi—a sentient humanoid species which is indigenous to Pandora. The film's title refers to the genetically engineered Na'vi bodies used by several human characters to interact with the natives of Pandora.[6]"

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