Avatar Quotes: Epic and Ambitious(Total Quotes: 139)
Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron
Sam Worthington – Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana – Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver – Dr. Grace Augustine
Stephen Lang – Colonel Miles Quaritch
Michelle Rodriguez – Trudy Chacon
Giovanni Ribisi – Parker Selfridge
Joel Moore – Norm Spellman
CCH Pounder – Mo’at
Wes Studi – Eytukan
Laz Alonso – Tsu’tey
Dileep Rao – Dr. Max Patel
Matt Gerald – Corporal Lyle Wainfleet
Sean Anthony Moran – Private Fike
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★★☆☆
Avatar quotes come across as ambitious, inspiring and bold but also slightly flawed. There’s no doubt this movie is visually spellbinding and as a sci-fi fantasy epic it’s triumphant, but the story itself is somewhat limited and narrow.
The narrative have enough good parts to make the movie an impressive fantasy epic but also some constricted dialogue that makes the story a bit clunky.
Verdict: Putting the minor flaws aside, James Cameron has managed to innovate something new and exciting redeeming the usual droll Hollywood blockbuster.
Jake Sully: [voice over] When I was lying there in the V.A. hospital, with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. I was free. Sooner or later though, you always have to wake up.
Jake Sully: [voice over] In cryo, you don’t dream at all. It doesn’t feel like six years, more like a fifth of Tequila and an ass kicking. Tommy was the scientist, not me. He was the one who wanted to get shot light years out in space to find the answers.
[as Jake’s capsule opens in the multi-tiered Cryo Vault a tech floats over him checking him]
Jake Sully: Are we there yet?
Cryo Vault Med Tech: Yeah, we’re there sunshine. We’re there.
[at the morgue where his brother’s body is being held]
Suit #2: It’s about your brother…
Jake Sully: [voice over] So a week before Tommy’s gonna ship out, a guy with a gun ends his journey…for the paper in his wallet.
[as hundreds of capsules are opening in the multi-tiered Cryo Vault]
Cryo Vault Med Tech: You’ve been in cryo for five years, nine months and twenty-two days. You will be hungry, you will be weak. If you feel nausea, please use the sacks provided for your convenience.
Jake Sully: [voice over] Yeah, Tommy was the scientist. Me? I’m just another dumb grunt goin’ some place he’s gonna regret.
Jake Sully: [voice over] Up ahead was Pandora. You grew up hearing about it, but I never figured I’d be goin’ there.
[at the morgue two men in suits speak to Jake about taking over Tommy’s work]
Suit #1: Your brother represented a significant investment. We’d like to talk to you about taking over his contract.
Suit #2: And since your Geno was identical to his, you could step into his shoes. So to speak.
[Tommy’s cardboard coffin is rolled into a furnace]
Suit #1: It’d be a fresh start on a new world.And the pays is good. Very good.
[Tommy coffin is set on fire in the furnace]
[in the space shuttle the crew chief gives his order to the passengers on board]
Shuttle Crew Chief: Exopacks on! Let’s go! Exopacks on!
[passengers put their Exopack breathing masks on with practiced moves, except for Jake]
Shuttle Crew Chief: Remember people, you lose that mask you’re unconscious in twenty seconds, you’re dead in four minutes. Let’s nobody be dead today, it looks very bad on my report.
[back at the morgue Jake watches as his brother’s coffin is burns in the furnace]
Jake Sully: [voice over] One life ends, another begins.
Jake Sully: [voice over] There’s no such thing as an ex-marine. You may be out, but you never lose the attitude. I told myself I could pass any test a man can pass. They can fix a spinal, if you’ve got the money. But not on vet benefits, not in this economy.
[referring to the security force on Pandora]
Jake Sully: [voice over] Back on earth, these guys were army dogs, marines fighting for freedom.
[referring to the security force on Pandora]
Jake Sully: [voice over] But out here they’re just hired guns, taking the money, working for the company.
[watching Jake wheels himself away from the shuttle and towards the main compound]
Private Fike: Check this out, man. Meals on wheels.
Corporal Lyle Wainfleet: Oh, man. That is just wrong.
[talking to the new arrivals on Pandora]
Col. Quaritch: You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a hell, you might wanna go there for some R and R after a tour on Pandora. Out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubees. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called the Na’vi. They’re fond of arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your heart in one minute. And they have bones reinforced with naturally occurring carbon fiber. They are very hard to kill. As head of security, it is my job to keep you alive. I will not succeed. Not with all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong, mental attitude. You got to obey the rules; Pandora rules. Rule number one…
Jake Sully: [voice over] Nothing like an old-school safety brief to put your mind at ease.
Norm Spellman: Jake? You’re Jake, right? Tom’s brother? Wow, you look just like him.
[Jake looks wary]
Norm Spellman: Sorry, I’m Norm Spellman, I went through avatar training with him.
[Norm offers his hand and Jake shakes it]
[as Jake and Norm enter the bio-lab, Jake heads over to look at the large amino tanks]
Jake Sully: [voice over] Me and Norm are here to drive these remotely controlled bodies called avatars. And they’re grown from human DNA mixed with the DNA of the natives.
[looking at the large blue avatar body floating in the tank]
Jake Sully: Damn. They got big.
Norm Spellman: Yeah, they fully mature on the flight out.
Norm Spellman: So the proprioceptive sims seemed to work really well.
Dr. Max Patel: Yeah, they’ve got great muscle tone. It’ll take us a few hours to get ’em decanted, but you guys can take them out tomorrow.
Dr. Max Patel: There’s yours.
[Jake wheels himself to the other tank looking at the floating avatar figure]
Jake Sully: Looks like him.
Norm Spellman: No, looks like you. This is your avatar now, Jake.
Jake Sully:[voice over] Now the concept is that every driver is matched to his own avatar…
[Jake is staring and talking into the videocam]
Jake Sully: …so that their nervous systems are in tune. Or something. Which is why they offered me this gig, because I can link with Tommy’s avatar, which is insanely expensive.
[Jake suddenly looks off camera and looks over to Norm and Max working nearby]
Jake Sully: Is this right? I just say whatever to the videolog?
Norm Spellman: Yeah. We gotta get in the habit of documenting everything; what we see, what we feel. It’s all part of the science.
Dr. Max Patel: Hey, good science is good observation.
Norm Spellman: Plus, it’ll help keep you sane, for the next six years.
Jake Sully: Right. Whatever.
[looks into the videolog camera again]
Jake Sully: So, uh…here I am. Doing science.
[as she’s emerging from her avatar link unit]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Who’s got my god damn cigarette? Guys, what’s wrong with this picture!
[one of the lab workers brings her a cigarette]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Thank you.
[Max takes Jake and Norm to meet Grace]
Norm Spellman: Grace Augustine is a legend. She’s the head of the Avatar Program. She wrote the book; I mean literally wrote the book on Pandoran botany.
Dr. Max Patel: That’s because she likes plants better than people.
[Max approaches Grace to introduce Jake and Norm]
Dr. Max Patel: Here she is, Cinderella back from the ball. Grace, I’d like you to meet Norm Spellman and Jake Sully.
Dr. Grace Augustine: Norm. I hear good things about you. How’s your Na’vi?
[Norm replies in Na’vi]
Norm Spellman: [subtitled] May the All Mother smile upon our first meeting.
Dr. Grace Augustine: [subtitled] Not bad. You sound a little formal.
Norm Spellman: [subtitled] I studied for five years, but there is much to learn.
Dr. Max Patel: Uh, Grace, this is Jake Sully.
Jake Sully: Ma’am.
[Jake brings offers his hand to Grace but she ignores it]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Yeah, yeah, I know who you are and I don’t need you. I need your brother. You know, the PhD who trained for three years for this mission.
Jake Sully: He’s dead. I know it’s a big inconvenience for everyone.
Dr. Grace Augustine: How much lab training have you had?
Jake Sully: I dissected a frog once.
[angry Grace turns to Max]
Dr. Grace Augustine: You see? You see? I mean they’re just pissing on us without even the courtesy of calling it rain. I’m going to Selfridge.
[Grace starts to walk out of the lab]
Dr. Max Patel: No, Grace. No, I don’t think that’s a good idea…
Dr. Grace Augustine: No, man, this is such bullshit! I’m gonna kick his corporate butt. He has no business sticking his nose in my department.
[after Grace walks out of the lab Max turns to Jake]
Dr. Max Patel: Here, tomorrow, o-eight-hundred. Try to use big words.
[in the tech room, Selfridge puts a golf ball into a mug and laughs]
Parker Selfridge: You see that?
Op Center Staff: Yes sir!
Parker Selfridge: No you didn’t, you were looking at the monitor. I love this putter, Ronnie! I love this putter!
Dr. Grace Augustine: Parker. You know, I used to think it was benign neglect, but now I see that you are intentionally screwing me.
Parker Selfridge: Grace, you know, I enjoy our little talks.
[he putts the ball again, but just as it’s about to go in the mug Grace kicks the mug away]
Dr. Grace Augustine: [sarcastically] Oops.
[referring to Jake]
Dr. Grace Augustine: I need a researcher, not some jarhead dropout.
Parker Selfridge: Well, actually, I thought we got lucky with him.
Dr. Grace Augustine: Lucky?
Parker Selfridge: Yeah.
Dr. Grace Augustine: How is this in any way lucky?
Parker Selfridge: Well, lucky your guy had a twin brother, and lucky that brother wasn’t some oral hygienist or something. A Marine we can use. I’m assigning him to your team as security escort.
Dr. Grace Augustine: The last thing I need is another trigger happy moron out there!
Parker Selfridge: Look, look. You’re supposed to be winning the hearts and the minds of the natives. Isn’t that the whole point of your little puppet show? If you walk like them, and you talk like them, and they’ll start trusting us. We build them a school, we teach them English. But after what, how many years? Relations with the indigenous are only getting worse.
Dr. Grace Augustine: Yeah, that tends to happen when you use machine guns on them.
Parker Selfridge: Right. C’mere.
[he takes Grace over to his office and picks up the sample of Unobtanium on his desk]
Parker Selfridge: This is why we’re here. Unobtanium. Because this little gray rock sells for twenty million a kilo. That’s the only reason. It’s what pays for the whole party, it’s what pays for your science. Comprendo? Now those savages are threatening our whole operation. We’re on the brink of war and you’re supposed to be finding a diplomatic solution. So use what you’ve got and get me some results.
Dr. Grace Augustine: So, how much link time have you logged?
Norm Spellman: Uh, about five hundred and twenty hours.
Dr. Grace Augustine: That’s good. You’re in there.
[Grace points to Norm’s link unit and takes Jake to his link unit next to Norm’s]
Dr. Grace Augustine: You’re here. How much have you logged?
Jake Sully: Zip. Bu I read the manual.
Dr. Grace Augustine: Tell me you’re joking.
[Jake touches the gel that’s lining the link unit]
Jake Sully: This is cool.
[Jake hauls himself into the unit, Grace reaches to help him get his legs in but Jake stops her]
Jake Sully: Don’t! I got this.
[Grace steps back, hands raised. He pulls his legs into the unit]
Dr. Grace Augustine: So you just figured you’d come out here, to the most hostile environment known to man, with no training of any kind, and see how it went? What was going through your head?
Jake Sully: Maybe I was sick of doctors telling me what I couldn’t do.
[as Jake is settling into his link unit and Grace comes over to close the hood]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Just relax and let your mind go blank. That shouldn’t be hard for you.
Jake Sully: Kiss the darkest part of my lily-white…
[he gets cut off as the link unit hood slams shut]
[preparing to link Jake to his avatar Max looks at a monitor showing a 3D scan of Jake’s brain]
Dr. Max Patel: That’s a gorgeous brain. Nice activity.
Dr. Grace Augustine: Go figure.
[when Jake enters his avatar body for the first time]
Dr. Max Patel: Jake! Listen to me! You’re not used to your avatar body. This is dangerous!
Jake Sully: [excited] This is great!
Dr. Max Patel: Jake!
[Norm, also in his avatar body, is sitting in the gurney next to Jake’s]
Norm Spellman: Come on. They’re gonna put you out!
Dr. Max Patel: Jake! Listen to me!
[Jake laughs and runs out of the bio-compound lab]
[after he’s broken out of the bio-lab in his new avatar body]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Hey, Marine!
[he turns and sees Grace’s Avatar]
Jake Sully: Damn. Grace?
Dr. Grace Augustine: Well who’d you expect, numbnuts?Think fast!
[Grace throws Jake some type of purple fruit]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Motor control is looking good.
[Jake bites into fruit and chuckles excitedly]
[to Jake as he’s looking at the tendrils protruding from the end of his long braid]
Dr. Grace Augustine: Don’t play with that. You’ll go blind.
Jake Sully: [to himself] That’s kinda freaky.
[taking Jake to see Quaritch]
Jake Sully: You guys are packin’ some heavy gear.
[to the driver of a vehicle that almost hits Jake]
Trudy Chacon: Watch it! Yeah, that’s because we’re not the only thing flyin’ around out there. Or the biggest. I’m gonna need you on a door gun, I’m a man short.
Jake Sully: I thought you’d never ask.
Trudy Chacon: There’s your man.
[pointing to Quaritch]
Trudy Chacon: See you on the flight line.
[Trudy and Jake fist bump each other before she walks away]
Jake Sully: You wanted to see me, Colonel?
[Quaritch is bench-pressing massive plates]
Col. Quaritch: This low gravity’ll make you soft.
[Quaritch racks the bar and sits up]
Col. Quaritch: You get soft, Pandora will shit you out dead with zero warning. I pulled your record, Corporal. Venezuela, that was some mean bush. Nothin’ like this here, though. You got some heart kid, showin’ up in this neighborhood.
Jake Sully: Figured it’s just another hellhole.
Col. Quaritch: I was in First Recon myself, few years ahead of you. Well, maybe more than a few. Three tours Nigeria, not a scratch. I come out here…
[he points to his scarred face]
Col. Quaritch: Day one. Think I felt like a shave tail Louie. But they could fix me up if I rotated back, and make me pretty again. But you know what? I kinda like it. Reminds me every day what’s waitin’ out there.
Col. Quaritch: The avatar program is a bad joke, buncha limpdick science majors. However, it does present an opportunity, both timely and unique.
[Quaritch has climbed into one of the giant robot suits]
Col. Quaritch: A recon gyrene in an Avatar body…that’s a potent mix! Give me the goosebumps! Such a Marine could provide the intel I need, right on the ground, right in the hostiles’ camp. Look, Sully, I want you to learn these savages from the inside, I want you to gain their trust. I need to know how to force their cooperation, or hammer them hard if they won’t.
Jake Sully: Am I still with Augustine?
Col. Quaritch: On paper. You can walk like one of her science pukes, you quack like one, but you report to me. Can you do that for me, son?
Jake Sully: Hell yeah, sir.
Col. Quaritch: Well, all right then.
[Quaritch brings the giant robot suit to life and walks over to Jake]
Col. Quaritch: Son, I take care of my own. You get me what I need, I’ll see to it you get your legs back when you rotate home. Your real legs.
Jake Sully: That sounds real good, sir.
[Quaritch clamps his robot suit helmet shut and walks away]
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