Avatar: First thoughts and trailer stills

The long-awaited trailer is finally here.

picture-92After a few technical problems, the eagerly-anticipated teaser trailer for Avatar has finally premiered on Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers, and has doubtlessly been downloaded by thousands already.

We’ve included a small gallery of stills from the trailer below, but first, we thought we’d give you our thoughts.

The animation seems decent all over, particularly in close-up scenes. We found that the ‘uncanny valley’ effect still applies, however, and the movement seemed unnatural (we realise that these are aliens we’re talking about, but still). The level of detail, regardless of animation, was superb, and the CGI was exceptional when dealing with mechanical objects such as the aircraft and the power suits.

The teaser trailer lived up to its name, offering a very brief glimpse into the world of Avatar. There is no dialogue, except for one line spoken by Sam Worthington’s character halfway through. The action looks to be intense, while the environments are stunning. All of the footage we saw was geared towards a 3D viewing experience, so we’ll refrain on judging it too harshly from watching it on a computer screen, and instead bring you our thoughts on the 3D presentation SciFiNow will be attending tomorrow, in London. Needless to say, so far, Avatar looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty cool science fiction film – whether it is as groundbreaking as literally everyone has made it out to be remains to be seen.

Avatar is released on 18 December 2009. The film is directed by James Cameron (Aliens), and stars Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) and Zoe Saldana (Star Trek).

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