james-cameron-avatar-samMaybe, the most anticipated 3-D film of 2009, James Cameron‘s Avatar may also contain the most convincing visual effects we have ever seen and at one of the highest prices we’ve ever heard of.

According to Time Magazine‘s Josh Quittner, who saw the first footage of the film, Avatar pushes the boundaries of 3-D animation like never before.

“I could not tell what was real and what was animated…” says Quittner. Already reported to a budget of about $300 million, it may go without saying that later we will discover the actual budget to have been much higher; this makes it a contender for most expensive movie ever made.

Cameron has a long history of impressing people and sci-fi stories. His catalog includes: Aliens, Terminator, Titanic, etc. Written and directed by Cameron, Avatar tell the futuristic story of an ex-marine that is reluctantly thrown into a mission of conquering a new planet called Pandora.

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, and Zoe Saldana, we are all still waiting for our turn to see a trailer with some footage of the said 3-D effects. All we have right now is this and it hardly seems fair.

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