3. Avatar (2009)
Come on! You know this one deserves to be on this list! It’s a CGI feast for the eyes that’s basically Dances with Wolves and Pocahontas in space. All glitter and no substance. Stop trying to give us familiar stories in new, shiny packaging and telling us how awesome it is.
In the future space explorers come upon the beautiful, unstained world of Pandora inhabited by the Na’vi. After they land the begin to mine for gold —er, I mean, unobtanium (yes that word is really used in the movie) under the supervision of a greedy, corporate monster. So Lieutenant John Dunbar — no I mean Captain John Smith — no wait — Colonel Jake Sully explores the land through his avatar (as he is paralyzed in real life) and meets Neytiri. The two hit it off and Neytiri shows Jake how to commune with nature, hunt, and ride some sort of dragon.
So of course, the conquerors eventually think the Na’vi are a bunch of savages and decide to rip up their precious Pandora. Jake Sully vehemently disagrees with them and decides to join ranks with the natives. (Do I really need to keep going)? Chaos and battle ensues, lives are lost (none that we care about), the Na’vi end up triumphant and the vicious invaders are thrown in shackles so they can think about what they’ve done.
And now we’re supposedly getting more Avatar movies. Wonderful…