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Re: “Planet of the Grosses

Critic Kelly Vance gave Cameron *way* too much credit. The film is laughable all the way through, all the way through. It takes just about every hackneyed Hollywood cliche about the clash of cultures, mixes it up in a medium-tech video game world that is less engaging than the apps on my kids' ipods, and bakes it in a mumbo-jumbo of uninformed political stereotyping. That Cameron would attempt to evince comparisons to Apocolypse Now by having his bulky one-dimensional mercenary Colonel sip coffee standing up in a big attack craft underlined how amateurish the entire effort was from the opening scene. The civilian rep of the mother corporation is about 10 to the fourth less convincing than the least believable Bond villain. If nothing else, Cameron gives us pause to appreciate why intelligent geeks like Star Trek. This movie is a d-o-g dog. The plot line makes Brando mumbling his way through incoherent rants about injustice to America's indigenous peoples seem like the height of informed political discourse with an actual theme. Cameron might win an award for Avatar in a tween People's Choice poll, but besides hat his best chance to be taken seriously will be at the Razzies. There is a reason serious movie-makers adopt books written by real authors or at least collaborate with semi-literate hacks when bringing ego projects to life. If you like the idea of a blue Amazon with a ridiculous body mouthing off ridiculous dialogue in an accent that is far worse than Angie as Alexander's mother in another joke "blockbuster," this flick is for you. Wes Studi should have had more pride: Cameron couldn't have done a better job satirizing every laughable Hollywood stereotype of the Noble Savage if he'd set out to make fun of himself. Real Indians know how the story ends in real life, and I wished I'd seen the field in the Rez or the 'hood where they can see through a phony from a long way off. Eye c u James Cameron.

Posted by GERONIMO on 12/27/2009 at 12:04 AM

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