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阿凡达

作者: NYTALK管理者 点击:510 难度:中级
The word 'avatar' wasn't invented by Mr. Cameron, though everything else in the production seems to have been. (With the help, that is, of a few thousand colleagues around our own planet.) In Hindu myth, an avatar is a deity descended to earth in human form. In computer parlance it's an icon that represents a person in virtual reality or cyberspace. In the movie it's a manufactured body that's remotely controlled -- not by some hand-held clicker but through brain waves generated by a human being who functions as the body's driver.
影片中的一切似乎都出自卡梅隆的想象力(当然,还要加上我们这个星球上几千名电影工作者的共同努力),但阿凡达这个词并非他自创出来的。在印度神话中,阿凡达是一位以人形降临地球的神祗;阿凡达也是个电脑术语,指在虚拟实境中互动地呈现一个人。在这部影片中,阿凡达指的是一具能被远程控制的合成身体──不是通过某种手动控制器,而是通过人的脑电波进行,这个人的所思所想驱动身体的活动。
 
If this sounds technobabbly in the description, it's dazzling in the execution. The main driver-to-be -- or, rather, animating spirit-to-be -- is an ex-Marine, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) whose combat injuries have left him confined to a wheelchair. He's part of a scientific program run by a tough cookie named Grace Augustine; she's played by Sigourney Weaver. The program has begun to explore Pandora, whose atmosphere is toxic to earthlings, using avatars with recombinant DNA -- part human, part alien -- constructed along the lines of the planet's dominant species; they're very tall, very blue, Giacometti-slender and Superman-agile. The movie offers several lyrical passages, but one of the best belongs to Jake. It's when he inhabits his avatar for the first time and discovers that his new legs can take his lithe new body through some of the most sublime scenery on not-Earth
这听上去感觉是枯燥的技术,但体现在银幕上则让人目眩神迷。那具身体的驾驶员──或者说那具身体的灵魂──是一个退役海军陆战队员杰克?萨利(Jake Sully,萨姆?沃辛顿(Sam Worthington)饰演)。他在以前的战斗中负伤,只能被困在轮椅上。杰克参加了一个科研项目,负责人是一个名叫格雷丝?奥古斯汀(Grace Augustine,西格妮?韦弗(Sigourney Weaver)饰演)的女强人。该项目开始了对潘多拉星的探索,但这个星球的空气对人类有毒,因此只能使用以人类DNA与外星生物DNA合成的阿凡达。阿凡达的身体克隆了潘多拉星的主流种族,一种身材高大的蓝色类人生物,拥有瑞士超现实主义雕塑家贾柯梅蒂(Giacomett)作品中的那种优美线条,还有如同超人一般的敏捷身手。影片中有几段如歌如泣般的动人场景,其中最美的一段当属杰克。当他第一次控制阿凡达时,发现自己新的双腿可以带着这具轻快的新身体穿越潘多拉这个外星星球最壮丽的大好河山。
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