In his much-hyped new film, writer-director James Cameron once again combines brilliant imagery and grade-school-level storytelling.

In his much-hyped new film, writer-director James Cameron once again combines brilliant imagery and grade-school-level storytelling. The too-long fantasy is about a wheelchair-bound ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) in an off-world experiment, torn between his own body and his able-bodied alien avatar, the two cultures in which he exists and the demands of scientific discovery versus greed-driven military force. Throughout, Cameron keeps the dialogue basic and pounds on his pro-environmental message like a kid with a new toy drum. But this is the Godiva of eye candy, and at least he's better suited to jarheads and aliens than the doomed romantic claptrap of Titanic.