An inspiring story or just a Blue Pocahontas?
Besides all the visual stimulus orgasms that "cutting edge technology" gave the populous watching the movie, what else have we seen?
A run down planet Earth..a cliche used so many times before. Here we go again...the human animal is destroying it's mother...Gaia. Concept used many times before in many other different movies...that then mostly lead to a plot where some would be hero goes on HIS (it is rarely a woman) quest for glory to find Earth 2 or something... Yet not in this one...(we do have a hero). People wearing masks and stuff but no one is escaping or at least that is not evident or perhaps...there is no escape. Can't remember seeing the use of face masks in the future cyberpunk city (also all dark, gloomy, no sunlight, animal life extinct) as shown in the Blade Runner
, but that might be since at that time (1982) the Sars and Flying Pig Flue did not exist or it could be just that the environmental "awareness" was not as high...yet there are clearly seen invitations to the off world colonies throughout the entire Blade Runner movie. We see little of Earth in Avatar, but we see enough to know it is just as bad or even worse than now.
Jake is a butcher for hire...a kill as ordered sociopath or in short - a soldier. Yet Jake is out of luck...he is paraplegic. His "prime time" is over. He went to kill (Venezuela is mentioned as the target and later also Nigeria...both countries oil rich) and it would seems that one of his adventures permanently put him on the chair. Being just a plain cannon food he is abandoned by the marines and is now just being a government or call it a corporate expense. His future on Earth is not promising. Yet..was it ever? Well...we do not know that...but given his profession we can safely guess it never was. Despite his mind being a victim of the method seen in the movie "Full Metal Jacket
", he surprisingly still has some common sense in his heart or perhaps it is only his dick awareness...meaning he liked what he saw...he goes and helps the Barby Girl Blonde, as she is hit by her boy friend, since she "deserved it". The paraplegic bravely defends what he himself later calls a "candy ass bitch" (due to her defending her boyfriend)...a candy-ass bitch or something most would understand better under the label of a - whore...but i guess that candy ass bitch was closer to a PG-13 rating.
*side note: given the urban dictionary candy-ass means a "male softy" - wuss, wimp, sissy. Dictionary does not have a definition for candy-ass-bitch, so certain amount of "liberty" is taken in the above statements.
He gets thrown out of the bar to be met by two men telling him his brother was murdered...Jake later stating the reason for it was "the paper in his wallet". This is also the moment the movie begins for those that have not seen the extended version. But what matters here is that the money was referred to as paper...telling what it actually is and taking the NABS belief that "money is power" off of it. Paper with pictures and numbers on it.
Jake (living such a rich life on Earth) accepts the "lucrative" offer for a "fresh start" after also being told that the "pay is good, very good" so he seems to forget all about the paper and off he goes...to the place in his flying dreams to Pandora
(the first female aka Eve who released all the "evils", gave Adam the apple etc the story of the original ignorance of self)...so we can gather Pandora will be a start of something new...a place where change happens. One could say Jake "followed his dream" of flying, briefly mentioned at the very beginning of the movie...he felt a "calling" and answered it, the "fate" brought him there.
Pandora is said to be located in the Alpha Centauri system (in NABS this is the so called reptilian home...or something). After several nice computer generated images Jake lands at the...Hell's Gate Tower...where the base is located from which RDA, a private corporation, is directing it's mining operations (corporate imperialism). The corporation has it's own security force that is in fact a private army. The symbol on the army uniform is the one of a pentagon. So we have quite a "rich" well known symbolism a the very start of the movie depicting the human presence on Pandora. The movie itself was heavily marketed showing images on which there was only half of the either Na'Vi or human face with only one eye in plain site. Half man...half...something else.
What follows is a presentation of the old world fear mentality with the ground rule of shoot first and ask questions later....hearing that...Jake's sociopathic mind is put at ease...it hears what it was programmed to hear. Later he meets the other extreme of the same thing - the "know it all" and "i know it better than you" egocentric and self absorbed "science majors". His frog dissecting skills fail to amaze the leading bitch with so much brain power that she just can not go on without a regular good smoke. Her being a xenobotanist surely makes each smoke count, as awareness of the damage it does likely heightens the feeling. After this we meet an actor representing a typical corporate stooge with only one thing on his mind - paper, or to be more exact..share holders satisfaction. The sickening display of selfish capitalist interest is superb and reaches a tipping point when the scientist's mouth is shut by the fact that her entire Avatar program depends on the stooge and the paper corporation makes from selling the - unobtainable or as called in the movie Unobtanium (super conductor)....hinting it is something very rare and very desired or needed...as it is "common" with energy resources and other "rare" metals.
What might be of interest here is that without RDA doing it's mining and being abusive to the natives and without Jake's brother dying, Jake himself would have never come to Pandora. Him being on Pandora, and all of his activities, his Avatar body all of it...bought and payed for by the RDA. So here one could think of "cosmic justice" or just a bad joke. But given his dreams of flying and him actually later doing it, we might even go and speculate about "destiny" and say that all the shit that has happened had to happen for him to achieve what he was meant to achieve (so in this case the certain amount of entropy is a must) OR we can simply say that one event lead to another and he was "called" to go and be a catalyst that will put and end to it all and also ignite future changes. Also...what is worth mentioning is that much of today's official science research is backed by corporate funding...and corporate funding is not there to anyone's benefit but it's own.
Next day the shit gets real as Jake is put behind the wheel. He is there to "remote control" the artificially grown body called Avatar - the embodiment of a soul. Jake goes into some sort of a machine and then we see a "tunnel of bright lights" and bum...when he wakes up...he...his...soul...his...consciousness is transferred into the body that looks the same as the Na'Vi (with the exception of the number of fingers on the feet i think)...showing how in fact the soul and the body are two different things (like in male orgasm for example, orgasm and ejaculation are two different things and one can happen without the other) - yes this comparison is intentional to stir all the puritans and wankers alike.
Jake, being a paraplegic, gets overwhelmed by feeling his legs again and being able to use them and yes for the time he is in the Avatar the legs of the Avatar are his legs, as he is the one occupying and using the "3D body". His "essence" was simply "moved" into another container..he was no longer a small, fragile and crippled human but he was still him, yet in a different container. This different container enabled him to be more in tune with Pandora's environment and to do more or to say...it enabled him to express himself more. Given his "extensive training" he is assigned to the science team as a security escort...yet i prefer the other term also used in the movie - "a moron with the gun"...
Off we go to see the Pandora....lush jungle/forests...water...maglev floating mountains, full of life... So much life that the "dominant land predator" gives Jake a bit of a chase that results in a highly predictable romance story. Saved by the "Indian Princess" from the hungry "wolves" and other such animals...Jake is safely escorted to the home village of the princess known as Neytiri. After first wanting to kill him she is given/shown a sign by what we later find out is called Eywa (word we could use in human case is Gaia). She is later given another sign and she agrees to take the Jarhead Trojan Horse into her village. Signs are supposed to show that Jake has a pure/strong heart....but does he? Or does he only have the potential?
Once a soldier always a soldier. Closed and narrow minded...selfish and competitive...sociopathic and human...Jake agrees to provide the intel for the main Butcher at the base...intel to hit the blue monkey (Na'Vi) hard if they refuse to "cooperate" (do as they are told)..all of this for the promise of getting his legs back. To Jake coming to Pandora is coming to just another "hell hole". Using this words the story shows he does not give a fuck about anything. To him it is just another job. The Butcher is highly similar to the one in District 9 saying "I can not believe i am getting payed to do this shit" where shit = being abusive to the alien population. So Jake agrees to gain the trust of the Na'Vi to then betray them...all that for his benefit. So what about the signs via the seeds of the Sacred Tree? I guess we are talking about the potential as when he makes that deal...his heart is anything but pure...might be strong though.
He meets the parents, is "coincidentally" assigned to the chiefs daughter to teach him "their ways" and ends up in the sack...next to her...just a step before ending up in the sack with her. His look and hers tells it all as she shows him her back while closing the sack.
"Waking Up"...back in his human paraplegic body he tells everyone his story and provides all the information needed for the army assault.
As the plot goes on Jake more and more gets the feeling that "waking up" to the human paraplegic body is more like going to sleep and that the true world, the real world is in the Avatar world. Here a scene from the Inception
comes to mind where one can question the same...what is true and what not...can a dream become ones reality? What is "real" anyway?
By this point of the story it is more than evident that Pandora is used and treated the same as the so called 3rd world countries on Earth. It is being exploited for natural resources, the indigenous population is being shoot at, profits go into private pockets, there is no concern for environmental impact and those benefiting from the resources (1st world) do not give a fuck about what is going on "down there". All that people care about is the price of gas at the station and smooth shopping experiences buying kitsch and such.
Jake gets into the tribal way of life and becomes attached (oh really haven't seen that coming) to the tribal princess...Hollywood romance...which he later also (by mutual consent) fucks...but to use a less vulgar and more loving and "meaningful" expression...he bonds with her (for life as she says) as they join their hair "thingies" together. Neytiri chooses him despite of her being promised to another (future tribal chief) given her role in the tribe.
The bonding specifics are not exact...nothing is said about the ways of it...what it means. Yet it is later hinted in the movie by the reaction of her before chosen mate, that this bonding is permanent and exclusive. One of the things he also learns is how to fly the "big birds"...thus fulfilling the dreams of flying he had. Flying here can also be understood as being "free" or a means to freedom. Yet later in the movie flying is mostly used as a means to kill and defend...so in a way also to "liberate". Jake's integration or call it initiation into the tribe is also his "metamorphosis". It is a process in which he moves away from being a sociopath and begins to feel compassion for the Na'Vi and recognizes the aggression of the "Sky People". He no longer wants to eat something that is to be food but does not look like it...or tastes like it...and the rest of the shit human has brought with him across the "great space waters".
But every good movie has a drama (or not) and also here now begins the drama. Jake's treachery is found out...and despite his claims of him "seeing the light" he is deserted by the tribe and by Neytiri. The tribal village obliterated, their majestic home tree destroyed..many die...including the tribal chief thus making a vacancy for "someone" else to take over.
Just before the attack a female pilot (driving around "science sorties") says "I did not sign up for this shit" and breaks formation...flys away. Now it is unclear as to how this went unnoticed by all the numerous military personnel around her...but...anyway...that moment is important as it shows a soldier growing a consciousness and refusing to slaughter as ordered. Something that every sociopath...soldier...should go and think about.
Jake, now also running from the Butcher, decides to go Rambo. It is after all the only thing he can do. This is also when the movie degrades into mindless action. He goes and...miraculously (as it is not shown) submits the Big Bird to his will....and thus becomes the man with the plan, the alpha and omega , the legend, the hero, the ooohhhh....the Toruk Makto. By doing this he opens his way back into the tribe and into Neytiri's panties.
An interesting fact was brought to my attention about Jake being the 6th person to become a Toruk Makto, there were five before him. In the movie Matrix - Reloaded, Neo is the 6th occurrence of an "anomaly", there were five before him.
At this point one can ask a question: is Neytiri also a candy ass bitch? She falls for a man that first had to do all things right to properly impress her and also he was different and more mysterious and interesting than the rest average ones she knew all her life (since they all lived in the same tribe). So instead for paper she fell for status....and since paper can also give status...status in society... She than later does denounce him as she finds out he betrayed her and the entire tribe, but i guess that even Na'Vi pussy gets wet beholding the Toruk Makto OR it could be part of Jake's destiny (as mentioned before) or his calling that the two are a "Cosmic Couple" breaching the human - Na'Vi (ET) gap...one could speculate they open the Pandora's box/ eat the apple for the second time, just that this time it goes into different direction - a new beginning of "atoned and wakened" human consciousness coupled with ET consciousness.
What is also of interest at this point is how, while at the Tree of Souls, they sit together holding each other...moving in circles. A way of "energy transfer". In the Universe everything is "spinning".
After this they do some sort of combat using bows and arrows and mostly animal life (with the help of Eywa) against helicopters with machine guns and land mehcwarrior like robot suits...Eywa's physical part turns out to be a natural biological Internet via which she can command the animal life. We see some combat and a lot of dying...but no worries the heroes stay alive. One to conveniently die is also a preselected future tribal chief. So with him dead and chief dead...let us all guess who the tribal chief will be. He is already bonded with chiefs daughter, he is "special" and he is a Toruk Makto....hmm...ow yea...its Jake.
One thing that was strange to me in the movie is how and why he kept his human name.
Predictable yet pleasant to see - Pandora's botany and so called bio luminescence, Polyphemus
(cyclops) gas giant, hexapodal lie forms,...etc Avatar is more than just a Blue Pocahontas
. Made easy to understand plot for the brainwashed populous it strikes into the heart (if one has a heart) of everyone watching it...thus producing the so called "sad effect" many reported about after seeing the movie. The Na'Vi are living in harmony with their habitat and are literary interconnected with it. In their case the "plug and play" gets a whole new meaning as it is the way they communicate with the animals and the planetary consciousness they call Eywa. The depression resulting inside of people is their deep "memory" or call it "knowing" of how things could be but are not. Most of them probably did not even realize why they feelt like that. The movie...being full of signs (some of them highlighted in the text)...mostly shows how very fucked up this world we live in actually is (in all possibly ways) and how mostly no one cares to change anything without having a selfish reason for it.
Most of them too busy every day with the Matrix...their jobs, their hobbies, paying off loans, buying new stuff they do not need, celebrity gossip....no time to stop, quiet the mind and think about what matters. Yet the movie spoke to them...it told them "I see you"...i see into you...i see you for who you are.
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