Avatar: This Subtle Detail Reveals a Film Criticism to the US Government

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Avatar: This Subtle Detail Reveals a Film Criticism to the US Government


Avatar 2 hits theaters soon and a fan noticed an important detail in the original 2009 movie.

One of the most successful franchises in the history of cinema, Avatar is close to returning for its second film, more than ten years after the release of the original feature. Despite being set in a fantastical universe, the plot signed by Oscar winner James Cameron (Titanic) speaks directly to important real-world issues – with exploration and its consequences among its main themes.

Bearing this in mind, a detail in the 2009 film pointed out by a Reddit user, who noticed a criticism of the US government in a scene in which the group of human explorers is gathered, makes sense. In the image, you can see the characters in front of a wall with bars, which resembles the design of the United States flag. See the image:

In the comments, another user also pointed out that it is possible to read the number “50” in the structure that is in the upper left corner. Thinking about the design of the American flag, this would be the place where the 50 stars that symbolize the states of the country would be, as well as the Brazilian flag.

In the film, these characters abusively explore the planet Pandora in search of natural resources and valuable metals. More than that, they consider the Na’Vi people to be inferior and unworthy of respect, mainly because they cannot understand their language or their culture. It is not difficult to draw a parallel between this plot and the real world: in the past, colonizing countries, such as the USA, did exactly the same thing with different regions around the world, which suffer the consequences (economic, social, environmental, etc.) until today.



The sequel to the 2009 film is slated for a December 16, 2022 release in theaters and will continue to follow Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), who now lives among the Na’Vi. He and Ney’tiri (Zoe Saldana) have formed a family, which is once again threatened by human encroachment. Along with their tribe, the two will need to find other Na’Vi who are willing to fight alongside them in the coming war.

In addition to the return of the protagonists, Avatar: The Path of Water will feature other famous names in the cast, such as Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet and Michelle Yeoh. The delay in the release of the sequel is mainly due to James Cameron’s search for a new technology that meets his intentions for the story, following the real revolution that the 2009 film caused in theaters in terms of 3D and special effects.