“Avatar” is a science fiction film released in 2009 and directed by James Cameron. The film is set in the mid-22nd century, where humans have depleted Earth’s resources and are now in search of a valuable mineral called “unobtainium” on the distant moon of Pandora.
The story follows a former Marine named Jake Sully (played by Sam Worthington) who is paralyzed from the waist down and is given the opportunity to take part in a program that puts his consciousness into the body of a genetically engineered Na’vi, a blue-skinned humanoid species native to Pandora. The program is run by the RDA Corporation, which is mining Pandora for unobtainium.
Jake’s mission is to infiltrate the Na’vi community and gain their trust in order to persuade them to move from their home, which sits on top of the richest deposit of unobtainium on the moon. The Na’vi are initially skeptical of Jake, but he eventually earns the trust of Neytiri (played by Zoe Saldana), a Na’vi princess who becomes his mentor and love interest.
As Jake spends more time with the Na’vi, he begins to understand their way of life and becomes conflicted about his mission. He ultimately decides to side with the Na’vi and helps them fight against the RDA Corporation, which is planning to destroy the Na’vi’s home with military force.
The film was praised for its stunning visual effects and innovative use of motion capture technology. It became the highest-grossing film of all time upon its release and won three Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects.