Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies

Directed by:

M. Night Shyamalan


Noah Ringer as Aang; Dev Patel as Prince Zuko; Nicola Peltz as Katara; Jackson Rathbone as Sokka; Shaun Toub as Uncle Iroh

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Last Airbender

The four nations, Air, Water, Earth and Fire, are at war. To control the other nations, Fire Nation killed all of Air Nation’s benders—those with the power to control their kingdom's particular element. But the one bender they sought to eliminate, the last airbender, is very much alive.

He's a 12-year-old boy named Aang, and he is the only one capable of restoring peace. Sadly, Aang shirks his responsibility and runs away . . . an event that plunges the world into war.

A century later, teens Katara and Sokku find Aang and devote themselves to protecting and helping him. Unfortunately, Zuko, the son of Fire Nation's evil king, is hot on their trail. While fleeing from Zuko, Aang must face his cowardice and his fear of the sacrifice associated with being the last airbender.

Katara and Sokku gladly shoulder the responsibility of protecting Aang. Aang eventually does take on his responsibilities that require much self-sacrifice. Many times Aang slips into trance-like meditation, where he communicates with a dragon spirit that gives him guidance. Also, characters kick, punch, wrestle and unleash fire from their hands during the film’s many battle scenes.

Unfortunately, The Last Airbender is so full of Buddhist concepts that it practically preaches Eastern spirituality. The question, then, is: Does anyone really need a new film franchise encouraging them to slip into trances and talk to dragon spirits?

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