Director M. Night Shyamalan hit a Hollywood homerun with his highly acclaimed first film "The Sixth Sense." He's been trying to reproduce that success ever since. With "The Last Airbender" he takes a shot at making a mainstream summer blockbuster. Hi-tech special effects and a young super hero anchor the story for the target audience.
The mystical plot divides the human race into four tribes. Each has mastery of one of the elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air. The leaders of each tribe have the power to command or "bend" their element. But the masters of fire became warmongers who killed off the air tribe and now dominate the others.
Noah Ringer is outstanding as the young boy who survives the slaughter to become the Last Airbender. Only he can save mankind by mastering the other elements and turning them against the Fire Tribe. Intense battle scenes and hair-raising escapes follow the hero as he seeks his destiny.