May 22 2009
Has anyone really stopped to ask this question since it was announced that Shyamalan was adapting the cartoon into film? It just seems like such a random project for him to be working on. I guess everyone just assumed he was tired of making horrendously awful horror movies and wanted to do something a bit more lighthearted instead. I’ll go with that explanation until I hear otherwise.
I’ve heard that Avatar is actually a pretty good show, but with these first shots from the film, I can’t say that it looks much different than the last two live-action film adaptations of similar cartoons, Dragonball Evolution and The Legend of Chun Li. And we all know how that turned out.
But despite his recent failings, somewhere buried deep within Shyamalan is the good director who made Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, so if he gets out of whatever funk he’s been in for the better part of the decade, he may be able to turn out a halfway decent project. But I’ve lost all faith in the man after I watched this.
As a parting gift, here’s Dev Patel as the film’s villain:
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