I know - I'm a little late with this review. I've yet to watch the other James Cameron movie (TITanic). There's something about the raving mad crowds of people who gush over how great a movie is that just turns me off and I don't want to watch it. Avatar was kind of like that as well. So I never saw it in the theater. I finally watched it over Thanksgiving after my brother in law got the blue-ray for a birthday present.
Don't worry - this rant won't be too long.
Point one: the American military general was insane. I don't deny there may very well be insane soldiers, but those are exceptions in my opinion.
Point two: The business dude running the show was a bit insane too ... and dumb. If that stuff was really worth that much money, I think the company could have been a little more patient.
Point three: the movie/story ended a bit prematurely.
Point three dot one: The military lost just one battle - the blue people kicked them off the planet. The military, if indeed they wanted to pursue taking over the planet, would have come back much stronger and with much more force.
Point three dot two: As soon as the company/military/science officers found out that they could attempt to "transfer" human souls into blue-people bodies, I think they should have taken a different route than trying to destroy the planet and people. They could have started charging humans to come to the planet to get a soul-transfer and start living on Pandora. There's probably a lot more money in that market. Plus, with the migration and influx of humans living in blue-people bodies, who's to say the company/military/science officers couldn't have pulled off the original plan - and that was to essentially put a spy in the midst of the blue-people.
Point four: Avatar was really just a re-vamped, slicked up re-do of Disney's Pocahontas. That movie bombed because the story sucked. Avatar would have flopped too if it weren't for the absolutely cool effects and 3D technology.
PS - as I was looking for a picture for this post, I found that there were already stored searches for "avatar pocahontas comparison" The picture shows I'm not the first one to see the similarities.