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Avatar falls flat without third dimension 

Epic visuals and budget disappoint with a paper-thin plot for which they serve.

James Cameron's Avatar finally drops amid excitement about his epic visuals and budget and disappointment in the paper-thin plot for which they serve. Sam Worthington, via a 9-foot-tall blue Avatar, infiltrates the Na'vi tribe in order to coerce them off of the land above a rich energy mineral deposit and eventually goes native when human greed robs the Na'vi of their home and dignity. I have had Cameron?s innovative 3-D confirmed as being 'avatacular,' but stripped of it in a 2-D showing the experience is flat, period, and I resent the implication that I have short-changed the film because I could not make it to a 3-D screening. I am not a crank for thinking that story and script are still the greatest and most effective special effects of all.

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