The Last Airbender

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The Last Airbender squanders its popular source material with incomprehensible plotting, horrible acting, and detached joyless direction.

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Suspense auteur M. Night Shyamalan takes a break from crafting original screenplays to tell this tale of a 12-year-old boy (Noah Ringer) who provides the last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. In a world balanced on the four nations of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, people known as the Waterbenders, Earthbenders, Firebenders, and Airbenders have mastered their native elements. Though the masters can each manipulate their native elements, the only one with the power to manipulate all four elements is a young boy known as the Avatar. When the Avatar subsequently appears to die while still mastering his powers, the Fire nation launches a global war with the ultimate goal of global domination. One hundred years later, two teens discover that the Avatar and his flying bison have in fact been locked in suspended animation. Upon being freed from his prison, the Avatar embarks on an arduous quest to restore harmony among the four war-ravaged nations. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Dev Patel
as Prince Zuko
Shaun Toub
as Uncle Iroh
Aasif Mandvi
as Commander Zhao
Cliff Curtis
as Fire Lord Ozai
Seychelle Gabriel
as Princess Yue
Katharine Houghton
as Katara's Grandma
Francis Guinan
as Master Pakku
Damon Gupton
as Monk Gyatso
Randall Duk Kim
as Old Man in Temple
John D'Alonzo
as Zhao's Assistant
Keong Sim
as Earthbending Father
Isaac Jin Solstein
as Earthbending Boy
Edmund Ikeda
as Old Man of Kyoshi Town
John Noble
as The Dragon Spirit
Morgan Spector
as Lead Fire Nation Soldier
Karim Sioud
as Fire Nation Prison Guard
Manu Narayan
as Fire Nation Head Prison Guard
Kevin Yamada
as Earth Kingdom Prisoner
Ted Oyama
as Kyoshi Villager
Ritesh Rajan
as Fire Nation Soldier
George DeNoto
as Teahouse Child
Manuel Kanian
as Nervous Prison Guard
Christopher Brewster
as Kicking Firebender
Ryan Cyrus Shams
as Lead Archer
Jeffrey Zubernis
as Water Tribe Soldier
Brian D. Johnson
as Water Tribe Soldier
J.W. Cortes
as Fire Lord Attendant
Kevin W. Yamada
as Earth Kingdom Prisoner
Ryan Shams
as Lead Archer
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Critic Reviews for The Last Airbender

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (180)

  • [A] breathtakingly clueless, misconceived, stupid, humourless, unexciting, dim, dumb farrago, the worst film I've seen in years.

    July 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A quite breathtakingly inept hodge-podge of vapid spirituality, playground chopsocky and visual effects that take 3D to an entirely new level: Zero-D.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This empty, misfired epic from M. Night Shyamalan is boring and strengthens the claim that he is the worst director working in mainstream cinema today.

    September 16, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • How did Shyamalan get it so wrong?

    August 19, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue is tin-eared in the extreme, the 3D is used in a strictly tokenistic fashion and the absolute lack of a sense of irony or humour makes the more solemn scenes all the more laughable.

    August 19, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days.

    August 13, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Airbender

  • May 26, 2017
    So much is wrong with this movie, not the least of which is the atrocious acting. Easily M. Night Shyamalan's worst one so far, which is saying a lot.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2015
    Just when oyu thought The Happening was bad M Night Shymalan decides to ruin your memory's of your beloved show and create an abomination of cinema. This film has awful writing and even worse writing, this film makes Attack of the clone look like a masterpiece. I give this film 1/10.
    Sonny H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Why was I even in the theaters seeing this in the first place?
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2014
    What was M. Night Shyamalan thinking when he decided to make this film. More or less was it really the studio fault for such disastrous casting of talentless actors which is questionable to what type of approach they were going for, The Film is a downright textbook example of how to not make a big budget epic. Scoured with a Horrendous screenplay, Bad Acting, Laughable Dialogue, one dimensional characters, really inconvenient plotting and all too embarrassing quick pacing and how could I not mention the terrible special FX. Pretty much its all surface no substance throughout; ploughing through the popular cartoon episodes in little than 98 minutes. Shyamalan has sunk to an all time low with nothing to gain from this picture alone.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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