“Avatar” sequel a satisfying ‘flight of the imagination’

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After more than a decade, we arrive back in the world of Pandora, where Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) have started a family and raising their three children. Life is good until the Sky People invade, led by Col. Miles Quaritch (Stephan Lang) and his troops, who attempt to capture and retrieve Jake.

To protect his family, Jake relocates them to the islands of Metkayina, where the Reef People offer them sanctuary. The tribe introduces the family to their rituals and how they coexist with nature and animals. 

In “Avatar: The Way of Water” – the sequel to director James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster “Avatar” — the audience is treated to a journey alongside the natives as they lead the children through the new aquatic habitat. You’ll need to remind yourself that what you’re watching isn’t real as the ocean floor and its creatures come to life! 

Chaos erupts when Quaritch locates Jake and launches a military attack, kidnapping his children. The Reef People join Jake and Neytiri in a battle to save their kids and protect the Great Balance of their world.  

A suspenseful battle aboard a warship ensues with thematic and visual elements of “Titanic,” Cameron’s epic, action-packed film. 

There are a few hiccups with the story; a rocky road into Pandora at the film’s beginning, and Quaritch’s obsession with tracking and capturing Jake is never really explained.  

But for its hitches, this long-awaited sequel grabs the audience with stunning special effects and wholesome themes.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” is a flight of imagination showing that family isn’t just who you start with but those you connect with along the way.

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