Review: “The Last Airbender,” By M. Knight Shyamalan; Stay Away

By K. Boyce

Making a little-needed live-action film of an incredible animated series was an unpopular move. But the flop that was the result of M. Knight Shyamalan’s directing effort is rumored to have a sequel in the works.

The Last Airbender, a film by M. Knight Shyamalan, is a film based off of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. And though the animated series has a large following, there was no excitement surrounding Shyamalan’s live-action film.

According to many viewers, the film was very low-budget and badly done, and not even in a way that made it humorous. The film, which boasts a one-star review on Rotten Tomatoes and is being sold for as low as a dollar and twenty cents on amazon, is bound to result in an equally disappointing sequel.

Clearly, the story which spanned an entire season of a cartoon cannot be squeezed into the length of a feature film, and there is no need to continue the trend by fitting the second season of the show into another film.

Yet Shyamalan is rumored to be doing it again. Posters for The Last Airbender Part 2: Crossroads of Destiny are beginning to appear all over the internet and in the theaters, despite the fact that there is yet to be an official webpage or any official information on the film’s production or release.

Shyamalan has confirmed that he at least has the Last Airbender sequels mapped out, despite the fact that the first film made only $79 million, of the $150 million spent on the project. Dismal critical reception of a film does not, by itself, stop the production of a sequel.

Strangely, the creators of the cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender were very supportive of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender film.

Much of the critics’ blame for the film’s failure is placed on Shyamalan, for becoming so invested in a project that attempted to please so many audiences that it pleased no one. However, Shyamalan’s continued work on sequels to the film may be seen as something that will attract more people to the show.

Therefore, despite the non-fulfillment of  the first film, there is little reason to be seen for preventing the production of a sequel. It is likely that the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans who regarded Shyamalan’s film to be a failure will have yet another disappointing movie to avoid.

29 Responses to "Review: “The Last Airbender,” By M. Knight Shyamalan; Stay Away"

  1. natalia   April 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I loved the avatar the last air bender and can’t wait for the sequel crossroads of destiny .. to come out I am looking all the time for the release date … I have seen the 2 trailers for the movie on Youtube… so they need to hurry up and release it….

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  2. M.Altohamy   February 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    That was one of the most beautifull movies I have ever seen. i always search when the 2nd part will be released….. it was just wrong time for the frist part. think now is the right time for the 2nd part. now we realy need such a beautifull fantasy to wash our souls and get us little bit out of the strang reality.
    i love the concept. You do not have to kill the others . try to love and respect them so we may live all in peace…

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  3. Dale Morgan   October 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Personally i Think all you cartoon freaks need to return back to cartoon network and quit bashing a really GREAT MOVIE alone!!! “”I’m waiting on the sequel””

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  4. johan   October 7, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I like this movie… i am always wait the second movie

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  5. Ekene Nwachukwu   August 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This movie was AMAZING!!!!!! Can’t wait for the second and can I be in the second one ekene nwachukwu

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  6. Willette Mitchell   June 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    HOLY HELL DID ANY OF YOU WATCH THE SHOW!? IT WAS A DISASTER! NOTHING FROM THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL WAS USED, THE EFFECTS WERE A DISASTER, THE CHARACTERS BLAND AND EMOTIONLESS IT SUCKED!!!!! NOTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE WAS GOOD AT ALL!!! GO BACK TO THE SHOW AND YOU TELL ME, HOW THE HELL IS THIS MOVIE REPRESENTING AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER?

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  7. Emre   June 16, 2014 at 1:49 am

    i watched number 1 and i loved it im a freak of avator-last airbender and cant wait till they make the 2

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  8. kyle   November 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wow this movie was great….u cant expect to have movie just like the cartoon series u can have better effects in cartoons…I give 5 star for this movie n cant wait to see the next one. The effects were great in this one and the acting was good as well. Stop bashing it. If you have time to message on the message boards all negative then u still remember the movie. If it was so bad why waste your time on here talking about such a horrible movie. Get a life. Stop spreading negativity comment on movies u like. Peace and love

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  9. thomas   October 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    STILL WAITING FOR PART 2 GEEZ DO I NEED TO DIRECT IT OR WHAT GEEZ////

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  10. RT   September 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    The movie was not as good as expected… there should be more fighting and excitement! Another Person should Remake the movie with the Producers of the Cartoon like Stphen Spielberg or Peter Jackson!

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  11. dan   September 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    not my email

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  12. end12359@hotmail.co.uk   September 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    one of the best movies ever ….. i mean how could you say its rubbish

    i am desperate to watch this movie

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  13. agathe   June 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    franchement moi j’ai bien aimer et il me tarde la suite enfin si elle va sortir

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  14. Sarah   June 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I know that I’ m a bit late, but I love this movie. And if the rumors are true, cannot wait to see the sequel!! 🙂

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  15. kerrie   March 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    i finally, got to watch it having missed it at the cinemas, there never seems to be a second hand copy of the dvd in the shops.. i wonder why, maybe people kept their copies for themselves? i watched most of the cartoon series about 3-4 years ago while studying at uni, i loved it. i then loved the film today too! why do people hate it so much? an adaptation is an adaptation, there will be differences. this was an amazing movie in its own right, if they make the rest of the films and i hope they do, they better use the same producer and team, otherwise it will not be worth doing, and as i felt with the twighlight films, new directors will screw it up. (big fan of the books) the first producer was the best. twighlight will need a remake.

    so, more aang, more last airbender films! me and my boyfriend will be watching 😀

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  16. Jodie   February 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I loved the first movie and I also loved the series on nickelodeon. Not everyone (as you say in your review) disliked this movie. I cannot wait for the 2nd movie and will pay my hard earned money to go and see it in a theatre. Then I will probably purchase the DVD when it comes out! I will also go and see the 3rd when that comes out also.

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  17. Jk   February 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    My children and I LUVED IT!!!! We are anxiously waiting on the next one!!!

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  18. Kklm   January 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I loved it. I hope crappy reviews like this don’t keep him from releasing the second…

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  19. BorisBachm   January 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Good movie..Directors,filmmakers do not make Dramas,Horror or rated R films and aim for kids.. this is a cartoon series.. that being said I can’t wait to see a continue of this series..

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  20. jugck   January 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    my family and I have just watched the 1st Airbender film and loved it so much that I went looking for the next. I am so gutted to see so much negative stuff but I really hope that this is not going to interfere in any way with producing the next one. I confess that I have only just discovered also that this film was based on an animation series of Avatar but as a result concluded that all the negative feedback has come from the fans of this series and I feel for you guys. The worst thing ever for me is when I read an excellent book that is then turned into a film that can no way live up to the book but it can be so hard to see the film in its own right. Never mind, cos I didn’t see the animation and not even tempted. I shall await the sequel. 🙂

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  21. Juan milo   January 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This movie was a big failure!!!! Everything they did in this movie was horrible. Nothing like the cartoon. I can’t believe people think this is a great movie. The acting sucks, Aang is so stiff in his fighting and all the fire bending sucks. Not enough bending fighters are stiff in there fighting. Horrible movie!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. slickerronii   January 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Just watch this movie for the 2nd time & finish watched it to the end for the 1st time. All through the movie I was waiting for something big to happen or some comic relief or something. It’s one of those movies you kept thinking something was missing or saying to yourself “that’s it.” Acting horrible. Motionless actors. Anyway, this could of been a really great movie especially for the amount of money spent. If that’s correct it could of been waaay better. This will be one of those movies on my list that needs a remake. Not a sequel just yet but a remake.

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  23. Frank   November 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

    just watched the movie for the first time .excellent story would love to see it continue

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  24. Smw   October 4, 2012 at 5:29 am

    My whole family love the movie…… I watch it almost all the time and it never gets old…… I love all m. nights work…… My husband and I cant wait for the last airbender 2 to come out……

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  25. Eaton   August 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    And Jack, did well over here in UK too, can’t remember exact number, old memory, but it was a few £billion. It was nothing to complain about.

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  26. Eaton   August 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    It was easy enough for me to work out why a lot of people didn’t like it just from who I know, the ones who didn’t are idiots – I’m not just saying that, they are my dumb mates. His movie is to clever of a ‘recreation’ of the series. Smart people I know seem to understand it couldn’t be made kidish. Was even better for the ones that understand about, Martal Arts and how it relates to the chi/chakra and the elements.
    Just an extra fact: The dumb people I explaned it to, suddenly thought the film was great.

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  27. m   August 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

    the worst movie I’ve seen in YEARSa
    nd I Loved the animated series. M night should be banned from directing!

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  28. Aang   August 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

    THE LAST AIRBENDER by M. Knight Shyamalan does not sucks… I don’t know about you people… why do you dislike the movie? For me it is wonderful.I don’t care if it does not show what the characters real personality. It is not easy to make a movie.. but for me I am very impressed by the movie. And I am a big fan of Avatar The Last Airbender and The Last Airbender. Congrats M. Knight Shyamalan and I am hoping that you will do great things…. I am waiting for the movie The Last Airbender 2 and 3…… I hope you will impress me with your movies The Last Airbender….

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  29. Jack   August 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    FYI, your numbers are wrong. They made more than that in America, were second only to Twilight, and you have to take into account world wide figures as… it’s all money. When you get your world figures up, then you can be a reliable source.

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