January 13, 2010.
Among blue creatures, special effects and surround sound "Avatar" is breaking box office records worldwide. The script, which focuses on imperialism and biodiversity, has already reached the Vatican. Some say the story was inspired by the book 'Far From Silent Planet', by the Christian writer CS Lewis.
Writer and director, James Cameron, takes the audience to a place called Pandora in the year 2154 where the na’vi, humanoids creatures who practice religion live. The problem is that they’re trying to keep humans from accessing a hidden mineral that could solve their energy problems and in turn hurt the na’vi.
To gain access to the mineral, humans develop a type of program called 'Avatar', which produces genetically engineered bodies, made to interact with the na’vi race.
A paraplegic sailor lead the expedition and faithfully discharge their duties until he falls in love. Then a war starts and he must decide between his world and hers.
Vatican employees have not been scared off by the films astronomical revenue figures or the the four Golden Globe nominations it’s received, and instead have criticized the film.
Vatican Radio criticized the film pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into a religion. Meanwhile, the Vatican’s other official media outlet, the Osservatore Romano laments that the film only has a great visual impact and scores of anti-imperialist and anti-militarist parable surface without real human emotions. A review that is at the very best lukewarm.