On its way to becoming the top grossing film of all time, James Cameron's Avatar is already famous for more than its mind-boggling 3-D special effects. It's causing arguments about war and peace, religion, the environment and technology, race relations, patriotism and chain smoking. What is it about what some call a flimsy script and cartoon characters that transforms a sci-fi entertainment into a forum on real-world issues? We talk with critics and fans about the latest Hollywood blockbuster and its influence on culture worldwide.
Rebecca Winters Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Michael Medved, Film Critic and Host, 'The Michael Medved Show'
Annalee Newitz, Editor-in-Chief, io9.com
Scarlet Cheng, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Otis College of Art and Design
Stephen Asma, Professor of Philosophy, Columbia College Chicago