Thursday, June 4, 2009

NEWS: Avatar to Run Over 2 & 1/2 Hours?


This is a bit of an interesting story.

It isn't news that I'm hugely anticipating James Cameron's upcoming epic, Avatar. 14 years in the making (4 in actual production), Avatar has been held back over the years due to lack of technological advances. Now it is only 5 months away, and the official runtime, or at least the current cut, is running at, get this, just over 2 and a half hours long.

This brings up an interesting dilema.

While in Up this past weekend, I began to get quite the headache, and that film, with the short, ran at just 102 minutes long. I wear glasses, so not only is this going to be a bit of a pain for the old noggin, but it's also going to be quite annoying to keep moving my glasses around.

That said, there are just a couple of films, if any, that I'm anticipating more on a sheer technical level. They have created entire new cameras and 3-D technology/motion capture for the film, and as I tweeted this week during the Ubisoft's E3 Showcase, just hearing Cameron speak on the film gets me insanely interested. This is easily one of the most anticipated films of the year for yours truly, at least in the top 10, and it may be there simply for the fact that I'm interested to see what the hell Cameron has up his sleeve, and it will be interesting to see how the 3-D will play into the storytelling, instead of simply a gimmick.

While the actual runtime isn't known, /Film says that is in the 2 1/2-3 hour range, and coming from Cameron (Aliens ran 2 hours, 17 minutes (plus an extra 17 mins for the special edition); The Abyss ran 2 hours, 18 minutes (plus an extra 33 mins for the special edition); Terminator 2 ran 2 hours, 17 minutes (plus an extra 17 mins for the special edition); True Lies ran 2 hours, 21 minutes; and Titanic ran 3 hours, 14 minutes) 3 hours doesn't seem like a stretch at all.

Will you be able to watch almost 3 hours of a 3-D film? Is Avatar something you are interested in? For me, both of those have an aswer that rhymes with yuck fes.

Go see something good!

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