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The Last Airbender: It’s a 2 - Ladue News: Arts & Entertainment

The Last Airbender: It’s a 2

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Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:00 am

I have given M. Night Shyamalan the benefit of the doubt for years because The Sixth Sense has to be one of the greatest thrillers of all time. With his follow- up, Unbreakable, I thought we were dealing with the next Alfred Hitchcock. Signs worried me, but I stayed onboard. Then came The Village, and my faith was tested. Lady in the Water and The Happening had me wondering if Shyamalan had suffered a stroke. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, he offers for our enjoyment The Last Airbender. If The Happening was a headache, this movie is a cinematic migraine. (Granted, I am not the target demographic.) It is the story of a child who can manipulate the four basic elements, earth, air, fire and water, and must use his skill to protect his world from the warring Fire Nation. I would tell you more if I knew it. The script is illogical, unengaging and, based on the performances, the actors think so too. It’s hard to believe a movie so action-packed could be boring. To make matters worse, if it fares well at the box office, the studio is hoping to make three sequels. So, I guess all we can do is hope he is the last airbender.

M. Night, the love affair is over.

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