The seventh and final film from the ‘Worlds Apart’ film programme was Avatar, which was directed by James Cameron and was released in 2009.
Through Avatar's absolutely stunning visual affects, one cannot help but notice there are messages trying to get the audiences attention and although subtle, they make a strong point about environmental issues that the world faces not only for the now but also giving a somewhat grim outlook at a very unnatural, clinical and industrialised future. Roger Ebert writes for the Chicago Sun-Times;
True Mr. Maher; one man with the help of a rag tag army taking on a superior armed force for freedom. When you put the plot like that it is very reminiscent of Star Wars but with its new licking of paint the plot appears at first glance new and exciting; and attention grabber. Avatar takes a classic plot, mixes it with high budgeted CG and animation and leaves it in a production room where it slowly becomes something entirely of its own, yes it has noticeable connections to other films but in all honesty doesn't every film we watch have the same?
And then there are the visual effects: quite literally out of this world. With a production time of 14 years and budget of $300 million its likely that Avatar has broken a few records here. Courtesy of Film4's review;
"Anybody interested in cutting edge cinema should see Avatar, and they should do so on a 3D screen. The groundbreaking FX work is worth the price of admission alone,"