The Last Airbender

Release Date: July 2, 2010

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111/123 David Mumpower M. Night Shyamalan would have been remembered so much differently if he had been hit by a bus while on the set of The Village. The child actors in this one are awful, even for children.
177/190 Max Braden This is a totally paint-by-numbers destiny movie. Decent effects, but the martial arts are way too showy.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender was a popular Emmy Award-winning animated show that ran on Nikelodeon and Nicktoons from 2005 to 2008. Each season of the show comprised a Book. The series takes place in a world that is very heavy with Asian influences and centers around Aang, who is an Airbender, and learns he is to become the Avatar. The Avatar is a master of bending Air, Water, Earth and Fire, meaning he can control the four elements and make them follow his will. There is one Avatar born in every generation. There are four nations in the world, each following a particular element (i.e. The Fire Nation, Southern Water Tribe, The Earth Kingdom). As The Fire Nation makes overtures of war, Aang finds out that he is to be this generation's Avatar.

Upon learning that he is to become the Avatar and that the world teeters upon the brink of war, Aang flees his destiny along with his flying bison Aapa. They fly into an extremely fierce storm that triggers a defensive state called The Avatar State. This will put Aang and his bison into suspended animation.

He is awakened 100 years later by a brother and sister of the Southern Water Tribe. Aang learns that the Fire Nation launched an assault against the rest of the nations while he was in suspended animation. Realizing that he shirked his responsibilities as an Avatar to bring balance to the world, Aang sets out on a quest to master the four elements and to take the mantle of The Avatar.

Along the way Aang gathers together a fellowship that will help him train, master the elements and become his family. Opposing his fellowship are the conflicted Prince Zuko and his sister Azula, who are bent on following their father, the ruler of The Fire Nation. Along the way, Aang learns that he only has a short amount of time to master the four elements as Souzin’s Comet, which approaches the planet every 100 years, is rapidly arriving. When the comet is in orbit, it allows the leader of the Fire Nation, Fire Lord Ozai, to be almost invincible while tapping the power of the comet. It could enable the Fire Nation to complete the conquest of the world.

Having mastered the four elements, Aang gathers together a small group of allies and friends and has a final showdown with Fire Lord Orzai to restore the balance to the world, achieving what he ran away from 100 years ago. (Pete Kilmer/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Last Airbender
Main Cast Noah Ringer
Supporting Cast Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel, Jessica Jade Andres, Aasif Mandvi, Shaun Toub, Cliff Curtis, Keong Sim
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan
Distributor Paramount Pictures
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Rating PG
Running Time 103 minutes
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