The Last Airbender

Released 2010


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M. Night Shyamalan
The Last Airbender is a 2010 action movie based on the television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Airbender, whether intentionally or not, is pegged almost exclusively to a small-fry state of mind.

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The problem -- the catastrophe -- of The Last Airbender is not in the conception but the execution. The long-winded explanations and clumsy performances are made worse by graceless...

  • 20


    This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action "Avatar" adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with...


    How can they take a great show and just completely wreck it. I can't explain how much I loathe this but I'll give it a shot.

    The acting in this movie is dreadful. The only decent actors in this are Zuko and Iroh, but even Zuko's actor didn't fit well as him. Also the dialogue is bad, there's nothing interesting said and there's just explaining with no emotional moments like in the show.

    There's barely any plot in this movie. It's suppose to be based on the entire first season, but it skips one plot point to another and so the pacing is rushed. The element bending is worse than I expected. Like there's one part where SIX earth benders lift up one small boulder, LIKE REALLY!?! In one time in the show six guys were able to stop a DAMN TANK and this is all they did in the movie? I also noticed that the firebenders have to be NEAR fire in order to bend it. So then why were they near fire on their ship and didn't use it to stop Ong from escaping?

    Now don't get me started about the characters (other than the name pronounciations, but that's not really important). Sokka went from funny and smart to emotionless and always serious. Katara went from strong and cool to weak and annoying. Then Aang who was cheerful in the show was just boring in this movie. They also left out characters like ZUKI and for some reason Ong(yes it's Ong not Aang) talks to a dragon instead of the past air benders ( which again, WHY?). They showed Azula a couple times, but was not threatening at all like in the show.

    Was there any positives in this movie? Well the effects were decent and only one scene where they reenact the scene in the opening but that's it. I would've liked to see the part where Ong turned into the water monster like in the show, but it was JUST A BIG WAVE INSTEAD,SERIOUSLY? Speaking of that, instead of Jao being killed by the water monster(after Aang gets out of it) he gets killed by four random waterbenders. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?

    Overall, I mean sure Dragonball Evolution is god awful (at least that's what I heard, I've only seen a review of it) but this movie is just atrocious. PLEASE DON'T WATCH IT!!!!moreless
  • eh decent at best

    Being a fan of the original series this disappointed me a bit I mean the movie was decent but they 1 of the most obvious changes to the movie is Aang,Sokka and UNcle Iroh's names they pronounced them differently and they way it sounded was awful Aang was Ong not Aang Sokka was So-kka not Sah-kka Uncle Iroh's was Ear-roh it was annoying but looking around the negative parts the move was just ok I mean Fire bending needed a source like a campfire to bend fire Wen Katara bended water and it fell on Sokka he was not even wet even though the water fell on him and needed like 10 earthbenders to move a medium sized rock if I recall this movie could have been SO MUCH BETTER then it wasmoreless
  • M Night should just quit now

    This is the film that finally destroyed M Night's career and for good reason.

    Based on the first season of Avatar: the Last Airbender, this piece of garbage, no filth, butchered all the characters on the show, including changing the pronounciation of character names. I hate how they pronounce Aang's name and hated the personality he had. In the cartoon, he was a cheerful kid who only wanted to have fun. In this filth, he was broody depressed kid.

    Sokka's personality is altered horribly in the show as well. In the show, he is the comic relief of the group but was still intelligent, resourceful, and good natured. In the movie, he was humorless and serious and had no charm left from his animated counterpart. And seriously, the earthbender camp scene was a huge plothole, and the fact that firebenders had to use fire to use their powers was a complete insult.

    This is why M Night is now amongst the worst directors of all time. Only director that could be worse is Uwe Boll.

    I know the rank is one out of ten, but my prefered ranking is -10 out of ten, because this is a complete mockery of a very good show.moreless
  • why all the hate ?

    whats so bad about this ?

    My sister and I love the anime avatar the last airbender, but through 5 minutes of it we had to stop. They didnt even find Aang the same way! This movie was 6% liked and 94% hated. Dont EVER. watch


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