We’ve got the teaser trailer for M. Night Shayamalan’s The Last Airbender and let me tell you: it is much cooler than I ever would’ve imagined! It opens with a badass kung-fu feel and closes with a promise of epic, action-packed adventure.

And unless they had one hell of editor cutting this trailer,  I dare say The Last Airbender is looking like the film that might finally redeem M. Night Shayamalan! Based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender, Shayamalan’s film will also tell the story of a war-torn world divided into four nations, based on the four elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air. From this world emerges a young boy named Aang (Noah Ringer), The Last Airbender, able to manipulate all four elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air, who is prophesied to defeat the imperial Fire Nation and bring peace to the world.

Now that you know the story, check out the trailer for M. Night Shayamalan’s The Last Airbender:

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I just love the arch of this trailer: the quiet, cool, kung-fu opening building to the epic war sequence with fire balls coating the sky. Awesome. And did I mention that the “airbending” effects looked pretty good? An effective way to employ CGI.

Most surprising for me was the total lack of “Shaymalanisms” in this trailer. With just about every one of M. Night’s prior movies I saw ten seconds of a trailer and could immediately tell it was him sitting in the director’s chair. If I didn’t already know he was doing The Last Airbender, I wouldn’t have guessed it. Apparently adapting somebody ELSE’S work for the screen seems to agree with Mr. Night. Good to see him branching out of his own head.

Suddenly The Last Airbender is on my list of most anticipated films of next year. Who knew? It’s currently slated for a July 2, 2010 release. Tell us what you thought of the teaser trailer.

Source: Slash Film