The Last Airbender (2010) Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone Movie Review

The Last Airbender (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5

The Last Airbender (2010)

I Hope it's the Last

In a world divided into four kingdoms, each with a power which can hardness an element, Aang is the Avatar, the overseer who can master all elements and keep harmony. But when Aang vanishes it leads to the Fire Nation looking to eradicate all others who would get in their way of world dominance. After 100 years a couple of water benders come across a boy and learn that he is Aang. Now the trio go on a quest to bring peace to the kingdom whilst evading the Fire Nation who seek to stop them.

I cannot remember the last time a movie did such a poor job of getting my attention, even some of the slowest indie movies I have suffered have done a better job of engaging with me than "The Last Airbender" managed. And I even watched the movie twice just in case that first time when I watched "The Last Airbender" I wasn't just in some sort of bad movie mood. The thing is that it seems lots of people have been under whelmed by M. Night Shyamalan's movie, many of which are fans of the source material, something which I am not.

The thing about "The Last Airbender" is that it isn't really a complicated movie, we have the chosen kid who needs the help of a couple of water benders to become the Avatar he is destined to be but there are the fire benders looking to rule the world. That is it and so what you end up with is 103 minutes of special effect driven action with walls of water, curve fire balls and some big creatures. The trouble is that none of this is that captivating and I get the sense that what made the animated series on which this is based so popular wasn't transferred into the movie.

What this all boils down to is that "The Last Airbender" really didn't do it for me and even as just some special effects driven action I found it surprisingly lacking in engagement.