came to theaters on 13 years after wowed moviegoers with its incredible 3D visuals. Director returns for more adventures in the lush world of Pandora, alongside original stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana as Na’vi heroes Jake Sully and Neytiri.
“Parental anguish and the young characters’ fascinating journeys lend emotional weight to ‘Water Road,'” said CNET’s Richard Trenholm in his. “The sci-fi action is cathartic and exciting, the environmental message is compelling, and the visuals are simply amazing.”
The moviesthe release date hasn’t been announced yet, but the first movie is available there if you want a trip to Pandora right now.
Jake Sully’s family and Neytiri are key to the ending of the sequel, after human colonialists from the Resource Development Administration, or RDA, return to Pandora and wreak havoc on the world’s native life as they search for a replacement for the dying Earth. They also begin a pursuit of the treacherous Na’vi Sully turned human, which brings us to the film’s final conflict.
It has been held for 15 yearsand there’s a lot to digest, as this movie throws a lot of terminology and events at you in its three hour and 17 minute running time (and no, ). Let’s dive into the beautiful blue of the Avatar sequel SPOILER leads.
The next generation
After being killed by the Neytiri in the first film, Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and a group of his Marines were resurrected in Na’vi bodies with the memories of their human counterparts backed up. The Quaritch clone was surprised to learn that Miles “The Spider” Socorro (Jack Champion), a man who grew up with Sully and Neytiri’s children, was the son he left behind in his old life.
After being tasked with killing Sully for the RDA, Quatrich uses Spider to learn the ways of the Na’vi and stalk his prey, but he apparently takes a liking to the teenager despite his claims of indifference. I think the Na’vi protest too much.
The late RDA scientist Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) acts as a bridge between the humans and the Na’vi, in addition to spearheading the avatar project that allowed Sully to become one of the blue aliens. We discover that her avatar was pregnant when she died and gave birth to Kiri (also Sigourney Weaver, who is incredibly convincing as a teenager). She was adopted by Sully and Neytiri, is a teenager during the sequel, and has some kind of special connection with the Na’vi deity Eiva.
Along with these two adopted children, Sully and Neytiri have three children of their own, eldest son Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), younger boy Lo’ak (Brittain Dalton) and 8-year-old daughter Tooke (Trinity Jo-Lee Bliss).
Fleeing Quaritch, Sully, Neytiri and their children take refuge with the Metkayina clan, a group of cool looking oceanic Na’vi, and try to learn their seafaring ways. Lo’ak also befriends Payakan, an exiled tulkun (superintelligent cetacean sea creatures beloved by the Metkayina).
Death in the family
Neteyam – who certainly looks like Sully’s favorite child – is fatally shot in the first confrontation of the final battle, which takes place on a naval gunboat that is commanded by Quatrich. His family mourns briefly, but leaves to face his adversary one last time.
Kiri and Took manage to be recaptured, with Quatrich holding a knife to Kiri’s throat as Sully confronts him. A sneaky Neytiri gives the villain a taste of his own medicine by threatening the Spider. Quatrich briefly pretends not to care about something like his son, but eventually relents and lets Kiri go.
This leaves Sully and Quatrich to have an intense one-on-one confrontation as the ship sinks (even righting like the Titanic). Kiri and Spider manage to escape into the water, while Neytiri and Tuk try to escape through the bowels of the ship before becoming trapped.
It’s very close, but Sully manages to defeat Quatrich in their nasty underwater battle and leaves him for dead. Sully escapes with the help of Lo’ak and the breathing technique he learned with Metkayina, with friend tulkun Payakan joining for the final stretch.
Kiri uses her connection with Eywa to create a path of bioluminescent fish for Neytiri and Tuk, allowing them to swim to safety.
The Spider makes the morally honorable but logically dubious decision to save the unconscious Quatrich before he drowns. The bad guy flies off to his screen because he has to come back for a sequel, while the Spider returns to his Na’vi family. Character development for everyone.
After the battle, Sully and Neytiri lay their lost son Neteyam to rest in the ocean. His body is embraced by the seaweed, hinting that he is returning to Eywa. As a result of their loss, the family is also taken in by the ocean-dwelling Metkayina clan as their own.
Sully and Neytiri go to the cave of the ancestors and connect with the spirit tree of Metkayina, which allows them to communicate with Eywa. This allows them to see Neteyam vacillating between being a teenager and a child as he talks to Sully. This suggests that the being they encountered was a mixture of Neteyam’s spiritual energy and his parents’ memories of him.
Sully accepts that they cannot continue to run from the human invaders – they must fight. I guess this will happen in(scheduled for release in 2024, 2026 and 2028). The final shot sees Sully opening his eyes, mirroring the end of the first film.
Is there a post-credits tease?
You don’t have to look through Avatar: The Way of Water’s long credits sequence for a hint of the third film, it doesn’t have a mid or post-credits scene. However, there are beautiful interpretations of some images from the film in the opening credits sequence, so it’s worth sticking with.
You may also want to go to the bathroom or get some fresh air after sitting for more than three hours.
- What’s the deal with Kiri? She has a fit when she connects with Grace through the tree – probably because she and her late mother share the same soul or something – but she seems to have a deeper connection to the flora and fauna of Pandora than the other Na’vi.
- Did the Spider let Sully and Neytiri know that he saved their murderous enemy? Quaritch will likely develop significantly in future sequels as he has developed a bond with his son and adopted some of the ways of the Na’vi.
- Why was the introduction of the miracle substance that could stop people from aging so accidental? It’s much more intriguing than the unobtain, the precious mineral that the RDA was looking for in the first movie.
- What happened to Ian Garvin (Jemaine Clement), the marine biologist who seemed sympathetic to the natives of Pandora after the whaling ship was destroyed? He looked like a potential Na’vi ally.
- Why do we see so few human invaders? General Francis Ardmore (Eddie Falco) is pretty intense, but basically forgotten after giving Quaritch the mission. She also appears in which is based on Cameron’s first draft for the sequel and reveals more of the events between the films.
- What is Earth like in this universe now? We only get a glimpse of it in the first movie, but it should be pretty bad as the RDA tries to make Pandora a new home for humanity.
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