Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-fi & Fantasy
What a waste of my time. I could have been doing so many other more interesting things than watching this film. Watching grass grow, doing maths homework or even nothing at all! “The Last Airbender” is full of cliché action, wooden and dull acting and a story that will likely put you to sleep. Based off Nickelodeon’s popular TV show, the film proves to be a failure as a fantasy film, an action film and a film all together.
The story is so boring and it really does not engage you in any way. They have thrown in lots of cliché’s and attempted to spice them up, but failed in the end. Fantasy films are hard to be great, “Lord of the Rings” and the “Harry Potter” franchises are some of the best out there, so watch those rather than wasting your time on this unappealing wasteful journey.
The boring story tells the tale of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. In a world balanced on the four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, people known as the Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders have mastered their native elements. Though the masters can each manipulate their native elements, the only one with the power to manipulate all four elements is a young boy known as the Avatar.
When the Avatar subsequently appears to die while still mastering his powers, the Fire nation launches a global war with the ultimate goal of global domination (sound original?). One hundred years later, two teens discover that the Avatar and his flying bison have in fact been locked in suspended animation. Upon being freed from his prison, the Avatar embarks on an arduous quest to restore harmony among the four war-ravaged nations.
Noah Ringer plays Aang, the ‘last air bender’ and it could not possibly be played any flatter. He is an unappealing character and Ringer’s performance is bland. A little harsh because he is just a kid, but I have seen youngsters pull off some good acting. The film also stars “Slumdog Millionaire” star Dev Patel and despite his good performance there, admittedly he is boring here.
The action is silly, uninspired and boring. Surely, it was an interesting concept to try these effects, and sure, they may even be a little impressive, but they just look ridiculous. Seeing the people flailing their bodies around to perform magical stunts has plenty of stupidity.
One thing that annoyed me about the action is how easy some of the enemies failed. I mean I know many enemies in films are presented as dumb and are out smarted easy, but here they are just plain slow! From original screenwriter, M. Night Shyamalan, do not expect much. This could possibly be his worst work.
The visuals are quite appetising and appealing but it’s visual wonders do not help out this incomprehensible plotted mess.
This is truly one of the worst films of the past five years. You think that “Red Riding Hood” is bad, it still is, and this is on the same level as that. The film leaves us with an impression of a sequel, and by god what a dreadful idea. From the critical reception this one has gained they may have second thoughts, and if they do bring it out, I will not be expecting anything. Let’s hope this is the last of it.
My Rating: 2/10