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Avatar's little brother.

FILMMAKER M Night Shyamalan is an odd choice to direct a special effects-laden adventure based on the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series, Avatar.

After all, this is the filmmaker who allowed us all to see dead people in The Sixth Sense, created a modern day superhero in Unbreakable and allowed an enraged Mother Nature to slaughter most of mankind in The Happening. The Last Airbender is a very different beast: a big budget journey of discovery, punctuated by sprawling battle sequences on a similarly grand scale to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Orphaned siblings Sokka and Katara discover a young boy called Aang (Noah Ringer) frozen in the ice near their village.

The tyke is covered in strange tattoos and the siblings surmise that Aang must be the Avatar, destined to manipulate the four elements (air, water, earth, fire).

No sooner have the children arrived back at their village than outcast Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) from the Fire Nation and his soldiers capture Aang and hold him hostage aboard their ship.

Thankfully, the prisoner escapes and begins the journey back to his temple, accompanied by Sokka and Katara. Meanwhile, Zuko's father Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis) entreats trusted Commander Zhao (Aasif Mandvi) to find Aang and prevent the boy from achieving his destiny.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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