Wednesday, 23 September 2020
The Last Airbender
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 21:26

The Last AirbenderForget whatever I’ve said in the past few weeks about bad movies... Killers, Jonah Hex, Grown Ups – each one of these disasters has been trumped by the new ABSOLUTE WORST movie of the year; The Last Airbender. Strike the death-blow to director M. Night Shyamalan’s once promising career. I could have made a better film by casting my friends and editing it on my Mac.

Bend that air!Based on a television cartoon series, The Last Airbender is about a mysterious boy named Aang who has the power to control all four elements. He is a reincarnation of the Avatar – a hero who can unite the people of water, earth, wind and fire. Everyone wants a piece of him though, especially the power hungry Fire people. Aang and his friends Katara and Sokka have to, well, I’m not entirely sure what they have to do - but whatever it is it involves a lot of Tai Chi and sure looks boring!

Prince of the Fire people, Dev PatelI would love to simply forget this movie, but it is so memorable in its awfulness that it will probably be burned into my brain forever... like when a kid walks in on his parents for the first time. Everything about it is bad, bad, BAD. Did I mention it’s bad? It nearly took physical restraint (and the comfort of air-conditioning on a very hot day) to stay to the end. I literally expected theatre employees to be handing out free movie passes and apologies when it was done.

I’ve never heard such poorly written, repetitive dialogue outside of a XXX movie. How the actors ever managed to keep a straight face I will never know. But they do. In fact, the whole ridiculous movie is treated with solemnity, which only makes it seem even sillier.

Let’s hope this truly is The LAST Airbender – because I’m going to have to go ON a bender just to forget how terrible this movie was.


Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz and Noah Ringer.

M. Night Shyamalan has already penned a sequel, which will hopefully never see the light of day – or go straight to video.