Futuristic 3D videogame-esque film “Avatar” is a “triumph of technology storytelling,” writes ABC News. “A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world. As commander-in-chief of an army of visual-effects technicians, creature designers, motion-capture mavens, stunt performers, dancers, actors, music and sound magicians, he brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is ‘Avatar.’ And he did it almost from scratch. There is no underlining novel or myth to generate his story. He certainly draws deeply on Westerns, going back to ‘The Vanishing American’ and, in particular, ‘Dances With Wolves.’ And the American tragedy in Vietnam informs much of his story. But then all great stories build on the past. After writing this story many years ago, he discovered that the technology he needed to make it happen did not exist. So, he went out and created it in collaboration with the best effects minds in the business.”
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