Dowd Wishes Homeland Security Could Be More Like 'Avatar'
Dowd implied as much when she asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in a New Years Eve interview, "Why is it so hard for those charged with keeping us safe to be as imaginative and innovative as filmmakers like James Cameron?"
Yes, Cameron is so imaginative that he managed to spend $400 million on what amounts to a visually dazzling remake of Disney's Pocahontas (see plot summary below the fold - h/t Big Hollywood).
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16072154, a ship carrying J ohnake S mithully arrives in the lush "new world" of North AmericaPandora. The settlers are mining for goldunobtanium, under supervision of Governor RatcliffeColonel Quaritch. John SmithJake Sully begins exploring the new territory, and encounters PocahontasNeytiri. Initially she is distrustful of him, but a message from Grandmother Willowthe Tree of Souls helps her overcome her trepidation. The two begin spending time together. PocahontasNeytiri helps JohnJake understand that all life is valuable, and how all nature is a connected circle of life. Furthermore she teaches him how to hunt, grow cropstame dragons, and of her culture. We find that her father is Chief PowhatanEytukan, and that she is set to me barried to KocoumTsu'tey, a great warrior, but a serious man, whom PocahontasNeytiri does not desire. Over time, JohnJake and PocahontasNeytiri find they have a love for each other. Back at the settlement, the men, who believe the natives are savages, plan to attack the natives for their goldunobtanium; KocoumTsu'tey tries to kill JohnJake out of jealousy, but he is later killed by the settlers. As the settlers prepare to attack, JohnJake is blamed by the IndiansNa'vi, and is sentanced to death. Just before they kill him, the settlers arrive. Chief PowhatanEytukan is nearlykilled and JohnJake sustains injuries from Governor RatcliffeColonel Quartich, who is then brought to justiceshot with arrows. PocahontasNeytiri risks her life to save JohnJake. JohnJake and PocahontasNeytiri finally have each other, and the two cultures resolve their differences.