The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.--©Official Site 1.3 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
The Last Airbender

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Certificate
Genre Family / Children, Action / Adventure
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Dev Patel, Cliff Curtis, Nicola Peltz Jackson Rathbone
Studio Paramount Pictures UK
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 103 mins
 

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.--©Official Site

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Ian Nathan

Shyamalan is surprisingly unsure of the material, and his tone haphazard. The plot creaks, great sacrifices and dazzling secrets slip by meaninglessly and the film falls dangerously short of the conviction that made the Rings trilogy sing.

17/08/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

After 20 minutes, though, I again felt the approach of coma. When nothing you believe or believe in is at stake, your plot-receptor mechanisms close down. Your reluctance to understand intensifies your failure to understand. Soon you are a speck of illiteracy on a cosmic map belonging entirely to children.

11/08/2010

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The Independent

Geoffrey MacNab

The dialogue is tin-eared in the extreme, the 3D is used in a strictly tokenistic fashion and the absolute lack of a sense of irony or humour makes the more solemn scenes all the more laughable.

13/08/2010

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

By specifically critical and broadly adult standards, this film is undoubtedly a disappointment, but it is disappointing in a way that its intended audience may not notice.

01/07/2010

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The New York Times

A. O. Scott

The movie is so dim and fuzzy that you might mistake your disposable 3-D glasses for someone else’s prescription shades.

30/06/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

Shot on a massive budget in New Zealand, Greenland and the States, and weighed down by unimpressive special effects, this is what Shakespeare might have called a wicked expense of spirit in a wasteland of Shyamalan.

15/08/2010

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Variety

Peter Debruge

So why does "The Last Airbender" feel like the last Airbender movie auds will ever see? Part of it is miscasting, as uneven acting undermines Shyamalan's ultra-serious approach, but the cardinal sin was entrusting someone so awkward with action, then subjecting the flat result to a last-minute 3D conversion.

30/06/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

The Last Airbender, based on an animated television series, is a veritable man-mountain of dung, a quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D.

12/08/2010

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Time Out

Nigel Floyd

One is bored and stupefied by what seems like an eternity of vacuous spectacle, cod-Buddhist tosh and clunking dialogue.

12/08/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

If ever a film needed a sense of humour, this is it. But even though The Last Airbender would be an exercise in high camp even if the characters weren’t calling each other benders all the time, it is ploddingly serious about itself.

13/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

...muddled, lifeless fantasy...

15/08/2010

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Total Film

Neil Smith

Half a star for James Newton Howard’s imperious score and another for Andrew Lesnie’s lensing. But even that’s marred by muddy 3D in a film lacking any sort of dimension.

09/08/2010

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

The film is a perfect storm of ridiculous direction, clueless acting, and writing that must be the worst ever green-lit by a Hollywood Studio.

12/08/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

At the cinema showing I attended, the British crowd reacted derisively at key dialogue moments. One wise old lady says solemnly to a young man: "I could tell at once that you were a bender, and that you would realise your destiny." One character tells another wonderingly: "There are some really powerful benders in the Northern Water Zone."... But at least this linguistic lurch provided some interest in a film that is mind-bendingly boring, with an utter lack of narrative drive, an absence of jeopardy or anything at all being at stake, or of interest, in any way whatever.

12/08/2010

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The Evening Standard

David Sexton

...save for Dev Patel, none of these young actors is at all engaging, apparently having been told that a wide-eyed stare is a good value default expression. Then there’s the dialogue, which would disgrace a homespun primary school history play — “Sire, I have good news, I have found scrolls in the library.” “I am pleased.”

13/08/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

John Walsh

...breathtakingly clueless, misconceived, stupid, humourless, unexciting, dim, dumb farrago, the worst film I've seen in years. It makes Clash of the Titans look like Götterdämmerung.

15/08/2010

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