The Last Airbender

July 1st, 2010

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The Last Airbender

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The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.5/10 (52,884 voted)

Critic's Score: 20/100

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone

The world is divided into four kingdoms, each represented by the element they harness, and peace has lasted throughout the realms of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire under the supervision of the Avatar, a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements. When young Avatar Aang disappears, the Fire Nation launches an attack to eradicate all members of the Air Nomads to prevent interference in their future plans for world domination. 100 years pass and current Fire Lord Ozai continues to conquer and imprison anyone with elemental "bending" abilities in the Earth and Water Kingdoms, while siblings Katara and Sokka from a Southern Water Tribe find a mysterious boy trapped beneath the ice outside their village. Upon rescuing him, he reveals himself to be Aang, Avatar and last of the Air Nomads. Swearing to protect the Avatar, Katara and Sokka...

Noah Ringer - Aang
Dev Patel - Prince Zuko
Nicola Peltz - Katara
Jackson Rathbone - Sokka
Shaun Toub - Uncle Iroh
Aasif Mandvi - Commander Zhao
Cliff Curtis - Fire Lord Ozai
Seychelle Gabriel - Princess Yue
Katharine Houghton - Katara's Grandma
Francis Guinan - Master Pakku
Damon Gupton - Monk Gyatso
Summer Bishil - Azula
Randall Duk Kim - Old Man in Temple
John D'Alonzo - Zhao's Assistant
Keong Sim - Earthbending Father

Taglines: Four nations, one destiny


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 1 July 2010

Filming Locations: Beltzville State Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $51,804,232 (USA) (4 July 2010) (3169 Screens)

Gross: $319,731,881 (Worldwide) (23 September 2010)

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Did You Know?

Noah Ringer holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, which is one of the reasons why he was chosen for the Title role of Aang.

Revealing mistakes: During a large battle scene between the Fire Nation and the Northern Water Tribe, the camera pans to reveal a Fire Nation soldier fighting with no one.

[first lines]
Katara: A hundred years ago all was right with our world. Prosperity and peace filled our days. / The four Nations: Water, Earth, Fire, and Air Nomads lived amongst each other in harmony. / Great respect was afforded to all those who could bend their natural element...

User Review

The Last (time I pay to see an M. Night Shyamalan movie) Airbender

Rating: 2/10

After waiting extremely eagerly for this movie, I sat in the theater and was extremely eager for it to END. Ear-oh? Oong? Soak-ah?! Could they have butchered the names anymore than they did? Worse, the entire movie felt like a string of clips put together for an hour and a half and not like a movie at all. All the major parts of the Book of Water were skimmed over, while things like the freeing of the earth nation village (while important) were given screen time that could have been given to major events like the southern air temple.

The actors were dismal, with the exception of Dev Patel as Zuko and to a lesser extent Shaun Toub as Iroh, who wasn't an accurate portrayal of Iroh visually but at least captured the character's wisdom much better than many of the other actors on board for the movie. He however failed to provide many of the aspects of Iroh that made him endearing in the series.

I will give that the northern water kingdom was gorgeous, but that's about all I have to say kindly about this movie.

If you love Avatar: The Last Airbender as the series, I recommend giving this movie a miss. It's heartbreaking how they butchered something that had such fantastic and barely needing change source material.

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