New Flick ‘The Last Airbander’ Released
A new flick ‘The Last Airbender’, based on a popular Nickelodeon anime adventure series, has been released in the US and Canada today.
This not-brainless family action-adventure contains enthusiastic performances from fresh young actors and an almost Zen calm as it goes through some familiar blockbuster paces.
Unfortunately, its positive attributes are thrown out of balance by its abundant negatives- including chintzy effects, lumbering storytelling and an overstylized, earnest incompetence that evokes ‘Speed Racer’. If you thought it was bad when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was channeling Rod Serling, wait till you see him try to be George Lucas. In an unspecified ancient era, four nations rule the world, each dedicated to different elements. The Fire Nation is an aggressor, terrorizing the Air, Water and Earth Nations. In these lands are gifted ‘benders’ who can control their native element and use it as a weapon. Katara (Nicola Peltz) is a budding water-bender, and as she and her brother Sokka (“Twilight” alum Jackson Rathbone) are frolicking near the South Pole, a 10-year-old bald boy named Aang (Noah Ringer) emerges from the ice.