Twelve years after the hugely successful Titanic, James Cameron returned to film-making with another spectacular, this time set in outer space and part-animated (and originally released in cutting edge 3D).
When disabled ex-Marine Jake Sully replaces his recently killed brother on a mission to the distant world of Pandora, he discovers that the mining company Resources Development Administration plans to drive off the planet's native inhabitants, the Na'vi (a tribe of 12-foot-tall blue humanoids), for the precious mineral unobtainium.
With orders to infiltrate the Na'vi, Jake finds himself falling in love with beautiful alien Neytiri, but complications soon ensue.
An immersive visual experience, Avatar's imagery is often breath-taking (the film won three Oscars for visual effects) and the battle scenes brilliantly staged. A genuinely awe-inspiring cinematic experience and, without question, the most successful blue movie of all time.
Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana.
(2009) Cert: 12