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Cherry Pop

(Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2009) 2010 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: A reluctant hero. An epic journey. A choice between the life he left behind and the incredible new world heís learned to call home. Return to James Cameronís Avatar ó the greatest adventure of all time.

DVD: The evil Earthmen want to take the land away from the noble Blue Men, the inhabitants of a distant planet. Earth is "dying" (no doubt because it has not hugged enough trees.) The evil humans want to make sure that their Company has a good quarterly statement (I swear to God, it is in the movie). To assure these corporate profits, they must mine the mineral "Unobtainium" (you cannot make this stuff up; this is also in the film) which is of course right underneath the sacred tree which is where the native inhabitants live. Rather than attempt some form of trade or negotiation, the Earthmen just move in with bulldozers, and the fight is on!

The hero of this epic, through evil Earth technology, can enter an artificial body that is in the form of one of the natives of this planet--a clone or something. The natives are attractive, blue-skinned, lean-limbed, hard-bodied, well, you get the picture--gorgeous people. The original idea is that our hero is supposed to learn about the natives to figure out how to get them away from the "unobtainium" and presumably onto the reservation. But our hero, in the best tradition of "Dances With Wolves," goes native and fights the Earth People. You can probably guess the rest. I did.

The special effects in this flick are quite literally unbelievable, and the film definitely gets across the idea that the natives of this planet live in a low-gravity natural paradise that beats the heck out of the Upper East Side of Manhatten or similar parts of New Jersey. Everything looks incredibly real, which helps get the viewer past the never-ending parade of cliche's that characterize this film. If you can suspend your critical senses for the better part of an evening (this is a long, long, film) this one is great fun. Heck, who doesn't like trees? [RJB] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but (mysteriously) does not come with any Special Features!