I was not only surprised by the film's final twist, I wasn't even looking for one. I just thought I was watching a bad movie. The end doesn't quite redeem it, but it makes you think about what you've seen. That's a saving grace of some sort.
A mix of unique characters and superb acting in an isolated village creates interest from the beginning of this movie. You are drawn in through their interactions and small hints of a more complex plot, until the pieces come together leaving you satisfied as having completed a puzzle. Great movie for kids aged 12 and older who want to see something a little scary, yet mom and dad will enjoy it too without cringing at the guts and gore some scary movies portray.
The Last Airbender is a video about young boy that is the last of his race with amazing abilities to influence the four elements: earth, wuind,fire, and water. For centrueis these elements have battled each other instead of working in harmony. This video is how this young man with the help of some friends tries to get the elements to work together and in the process help save mankind.
With all these superlatives, how could Shyamalan so badly misjudge vital elements to the story? The melodramatic elements take away substantially from much of what could otherwise be hailed as a masterpiece.