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The Sense of Water has reaffirmed James Cameron as one of the kings of Hollywood entertainment does not come as a surprise. It is only necessary to see that throughout his filmography he has barely allowed himself a slip and to this day he continues to maintain two of his titles in the top 3 of the highest grossing films in history, as is the case with the first Avatar. and Titanic.

In this way, it is possible to think that one of the reasons why the public goes en masse to the cinemas to enjoy his films is the full confidence in his cinematographic capacity, in knowing a priori that the show is guaranteed, as he always demonstrated in titles like Aliens, Terminator, Abyss or Risky Lies. And to prevent viewers from forgetting about it, the director has allowed himself the luxury of referencing himself in the first sequel to Avatar, resorting to what is the culminating moment of one of his most beloved and Oscar-winning films.

I’m talking about the sinking of the Titanic, the third act of his romantic epic that in 1997 led us to suffer like rarely in a movie theater. Not only because of the sad fate of the relationship between Jack and Rose, but also because of the brutal action with which he put us on the edge of our seats and knew how to take the drama of the catastrophe genre to an outstanding level. Of course, it is one of the greatest achievements of Cameron’s filmography, and as if it worked so well for him that time, the director has not wasted the aquatic setting of Avatar: The Sense of Water to resort to the same ingredients.

And it is that the last act of the sequel to Avatar could be defined as a Titanic on Pandora, with all that that implies. The action of the film takes us to the oceans of the moon, where Jake, Naytiri and their family request asylum from the Metkayina tribe before the return of the threat of Colonel Miles Quaritch, whose memory was reinserted in a Na’Vi avatar. . When he discovers his location, he joins a group of water poachers and their massive hunting ship to try to take down his opponent. And, as can be deduced, his fate was the same as that of the famous ocean liner.

But Cameron is not limited to putting the sinking of a ship as the climax of his film, but at all times tries to remind us of his 1997 classic, both in the course of the plot and visually and soundly. To begin with, when the Metkayina, with the help of a sea creature, join Jake in his battle against Miles Quaritch, the ship desperately ends up trying to dodge the obstacles that are placed before them, an instant that already refers to a forced attempt. to avoid the iceberg in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

In case it was not quite clear where James Cameron’s intentions are going, at the moment they collide with some rocks and the water enters the boat through its lower area, flat screens begin to happen identical to when chaos breaks out in the engine room of Titanic. We even see the extras behave in exactly the same way when unable to stop the disaster: running away, slipping and succumbing to drowning.

From here, the entire dramatic development of the end of Avatar: The Sense of Water begins to play with the tension of the sinking of the ship, with characters like Neytiri getting trapped in the lower area, with Jake and his children trying to jump to the rescue or with Miles Quaritch creating chaos. And even the drama intensifies with the death of an important character. Also, to make it even more obvious, Simon Franglen’s score is, at times, almost a carbon copy of James Horner’s in Titanic.

In other words, James Cameron, at this time where nostalgic feelings for films of the past flourish, knows very well how to touch the sensitive fiber of his fan audience and send him, with a lot of emotion and spectacle involved, to one of the top of his career. In addition, they are not sequences that are seen as a mere copy, since they are perfectly integrated into the plot and their objective is focused on another point. That is why it works so well and that the entire final stretch of Avatar: The Sense of Water stands as another of the most enjoyable moments in the director’s filmography.

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