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January 26, 2010

Avatar Movie Discussion With Spoilers

This is an article that will discuss aspects of the Avatar movie and it will have spoilers.

Avatar has reached a worldwide box office of $1.858 billion. It has the record for worldwide box office and foreign box office. It will have the domestic box office record in a couple of weeks.

Monday had 3.2 million in domestic box office and 14 million in foreign box office. Avatar is on track for $2.5 billion worldwide box office.

Avatar Sequels

James Cameron previously revealed that an "Avatar" sequel will definitely happen and that he plans to explore the neighboring moons of Pandora and maybe even the planet that Pandora revolves around.

Now, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cameron has added that it would be stupid business-wise not to make a second installment. "It just makes sense to think of it as a two or three film arc, in terms of the business plan," he said. "The CG plants and trees and creatures and the musculo-skeletal rigging of the main characters — that all takes an enormous amount of time to create. It'd be a waste not to use it again."

He went on to say that the first "Avatar" film has parts in it that set up future installments. "I've had a storyline in mind from the start — there are even scenes in Avatar that I kept in because they lead to the sequel."

We're not sure what scenes he is talking about, but according to Cameron, the follow-up will pick up immediately after the end of the first film. "We'll follow Jake and Neytiri," he confirmed.





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Discussion with Spoilers Starts

Matt Bell makes the case that Pandora is a post-Singularity world. Some time ago the Na'vi achieved sentience, built incredibly advanced computers, and created the technology necessary to upload their consciousnesses into these computers. Those who embraced technology saw huge advantages to living in the simulated world and departed their physical planet. However, some Na'vi chose to shun technology because they valued a deep connection with nature and the life of the noble savage.

Brad Templeton agrees and highlights

* Pandora is a world mind
* Every animal has a mental jack
* The superconductors and floating islands had a lot of design aspects to them

I had also noted the worldmind and mental upload aspects as being core Singularity ideas.

The humans though are amazingly stupid. They have near light speed travel. It takes 6 years to cross 4 light years. Yet they fight with little more than Vietnam era weapons and tactics.

They also seemed to have forgotten how to tunnel. For decades we have been able to tunnel horizontally for great distances. They could have tunneled underneath the tree to get what was needed. I understand that this was to maintain the metaphors with the worst of modern mining practices such as mountain top removal coal mining.

If the unobtanium was in any way naturally occuring then there should be deposits in asteroids around the Pandoran solar system.

The key aspect should have been getting enough unobtanium to analyze the molecular structure to allow for replication.

The follow up movies clearly have a path to scale up Singularity technology aspects of the Pandorans and to reveal secrets of the real history. There also is room for the humans to not be complete idiots and to roll out more technology and tactics that a interstellar capable civilization should have. Some of the clear stupidity of the humans can be written off as the stupidity of the particular corporate manager in charge and his small security detail.




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