3D is a technology that I think, for the most part, has been used in a gimmicky and showy sort of way that offers no real benefit to the story. But I do like the technology when it's used in a subtle and well-placed way to further enhance a cinematic experience (Like Pixar's UP for example).
However, most 3D movies (notice I said most) just have things flying out of the screen at you in the most obvious and in-your-face kind of ways - a gimmick which gets old after about 10 minutes. Sure, it's amazing we've even got the technology (especially at the level it's at nowadays) but for the most part it's not being used in an effective ways at this point in time, as far as I'm concerned.
However, "gimmicky 3D" may become a thing of the past come this December, when Mr. Cameron releases his mammoth 3D project, "14 years in the dreaming, 4 years in the making," Avatar. Most of those lucky folks who managed to get into the Avatar panel at Comic-Con this year have had nothing but amazing things to say about the movie and the 3D CGI technology employed within it. If the technology has indeed been utilized the right way, hopefully Avatar will stand as the example other 3D movies follow.
Speaking of Avatar, today we have a brand new photo from the film (courtesy of Empire magazine's latest issue), plus a few words from star Sam Worthington about the movie. The pic is not from the actual movie itself (i.e. not a still) but it's nonetheless pretty damn awesome. It shows Cameron operating a huge gun, presumably directing one of the soldiers (Worthington?) on how/where to aim it. Check it out:
Pretty sweet, right? For the full size image you can head over to Empire.
Lastly, here's the latest on what Sam Worthington had to say about Avatar:
"It's a movie about bullies... The humans have come to tear into the Na'vi planet and strip-mine it. We're telling a story that's relevant now. It's filled with typical James Cameron messages, especially technology overrunning us all, which is what nearly all his movies are about."
I don't need to say that I'm eagerly looking forward to Avatar. I don't know if it's even possible to live up to the hype that's been built up around the film, but I, for one, am expecting something really special.
Would you like to see Titanic or Terminator 2 (or any of Cameron's other films) in 3D? What do you think of the latest Avatar pic?
Avatar is scheduled to hit 3D and regular theaters on December 18th, 2009.