<![endif]Yesterday was “
day. 15 minutes of James Cameron’s highly anticipated movie was screened free worldwide
in selected theaters (102 screens in theU.S.and 342
international screens in 58 countries). InFrance, this exclusive
preview was shown at
12 theaters in major French cities, including two
French viewers did not need online ticket reservations as in theUSorUK; they just
needed to show up.
The first screening showed
at 6:00 pm and the last one showed around 10:30 pm. All of the French
screenings were in 3D except in the suburbs ofParisat theGaumontDisneyVillage(45 minutes by
train fromParis), where it was
shown in IMAX.
I chose to see it in IMAX
to fully immerse myself into the “Avatar” world.
footage preview, a 3D James Cameron introduced us the movie:
Scene 1: We’re on Planet
Pandora, in a military station away from the hostile jungle.
Colonel Quaritch (played by
recently seen as a hard-boiled cop in “
Public Enemies”) tells his
soldiers to be extremely careful because outside there are all kinds of
creatures who will not hesitate to kill them. Among the marines listening is Norm
Joel Moorefrom “Dodgeball”), and coming towards the group in a
wheelchair is Jake Sully (
Sam Worthington from “
Quaritch also talks about the Navi, a
group of humanoids who live on Pandora. They use deadly poisoned arrows and
have very strong carbon bones.
The only regret
about this IMAX screening was the French dub (although James Cameron’s intro
was in English), especially Colonel Quaritch’s last line in French:
A basic English translation reads this
The original English
Scene 2: Jake gets into
a coffin/machine that will transfer his brain into a Navi avatar. He has a discussion
with one of the scientists of the lab, Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver),
who asks him why he wants to do this experiment. At the end of the scene, the Doctor
also prepares to get into a machine.
Scene 3: Jake wakes up in his new body (the scene opens
with the subjective vision of the character, similar to “
Two doctors give him a physical exam and ask
him to stay calm and remain seated.
Instead of listening to the advice of the doctors
and Norm, who is also in a Navi avatar, Jake is too excited to try out his new
body and gets up immediately.
doctors try to stop him, but Navi-Jake walks out of the room...
Scene 4: Navi-Jake is in the forest with other Navi avatar
pals, including Navi-Grace.
holding a machine gun, facing a huge mix between a rhinoceros and a hammerhead
Navi-Grace tells him not to shoot
the animal and not to run away.
decides to shout, and the Rhino-Hammer steps back.
But not because of him.
A much more ferocious animal has appeared and
starts to chase Navi-Jake, who tries to shoot the thing without success.
He has to run for his life...
Scene 5: Another action scene. Navi-Jake is attacked by mad
forest dogs and is saved by a female Navi warrior, Neytiri (
who kills all the beasts – with style.
Scene 6: Navi-Jake wants
to thanks Neytiri for saving him, but she says she didn’t want to kill the
forest beasts and is not happy about it.
Navi-Jake’s childish and ignorant behaviour
obliged her to kill them.
But she saved
him because she thinks he is courageous and fearless.
Scene 7: Navi-Jake, Neytiri
and some of her Navi pals are on the mountain-top territory of huge pterodactyl-like
Neytiri tells Navi-Jake that
he has to choose one of the beasts and ride it.
Navi-Jake wrestles with one of them while the
other Navis, except Neytiri, make fun of him in Navi dialect.
Finally Navi-Jake succeeds in controlling the
beast and mounts it before they all start to fly in the air....
With that the
preview ended, and we saw another teaser trailer full of action and emotion.
I watched the “Avatar” preview 3 times! - The
IMAX theatre was not even full!!!
wait for the whole movie!!!!!!!