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trailer break: ‘Avatar’ teaser

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

I always welcome a new James Cameron movie, and this looks pretty much like, you know, a James Cameron movie: I see flashes of Aliens in this, and The Abyss, and that’s fine. But I simply cannot conceive of the 3D being so mindblowing as to push it into a whole ’nother realm. I hope I’m wrong, of course: I’d love to feel, while watching this movie, the way people felt the first time they watched a movie with synchonized sound. I’d love to feel the way I always feel when watching The Wizard of Oz, and the black-and-white switches to Technicolor. That would be awesome.

I wasn’t terribly impressed with Sam Worthington in Terminator Salvation, but one little moment in this trailer makes me really like him:

That slow, sweet, gentle smile is a heartbreaker.

Then, of course, he morphs into a CGI person. I hope Cameron found some way to keep the Sam-ness in the cartoon.

Avatar opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on December 18.

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