The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Based on a Japanese animated fantasy series that was successfully programmed by Nickelodeon, this live-action feature bears the combined hallmarks of Shyamalan's recent output (Lady in the Water, The Happening): endless expository dialog and perfect incomprehensibility. In any case, there's this little bald kid (Noah Ringer) who can “bend air,” and his gift has messianic implications in a mystical universe where other folks can also “bend” various other elements. Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart looks appropriately embarrassed in a minor role.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer: M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mercer, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Scott Aversano, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Cast: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi, Seychelle Gabriel and Cliff Curtis