This movie didn't just blur the line between reality and visual effects it removed the line completely then sent it and the viewer to another solar system – Pandora where the story is set.
Although the story line as a whole has been done before, i.e. “Last of the Mohicans”, and “Dances with wolves” it has been nicely built with well rounded characters. Yet detailed enough that you can connect with the situation they are in as you fly, walk and run through landscapes made with more detail than what you can take in, in just one viewing. The graphics make up for the lack of story originality. The story relates so well to the modern day, its no longer just countries that vie for power and superiority, but to companies built on shares, money and greed. Enforcing their ambitions with guns for hire at the same time as trying to rebuild a failed hearts and minds program with the natives.
The movie does run for a long time but at least with the DVD you can take a break. New Zealand's input into such an epically visual movie sets a very high bar, both in 3D and 2D.
There is no way the story writers can leave a fictional solar system so well built after just one movie with sequel possibilities.