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Old December 25 2009, 01:34 AM   #32
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Re: When Will White People Stop Making Movies Like "Avatar"?

The mechanics of the plot are more important here than the justification. Of course Jake's action makes sense (due kudos to Cameron, honestly); but it is also a useful way to put the new kid on the top of the food chain.

As far as symbolism goes, I did like the film's suggest that the contrast between the two bodies was that of a sleeper dreaming. It's also a story about a sleeper identifying with his dream and evaporating into it, as surely as a chubby guy and his WoW avatar (...okay, me).

It's not insignificant that one of the first comments in the film is Jake noting the absence of dreaming while in space.
'Spock is always right, even when he's wrong. It's the tone of voice, the supernatural reasonability; this is not a man like us; this is a god.'
- Philip K. Dick
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