M. Night Shyamalan might have made a mess of his career with two cinematic flops in a row (The Lady In The Water
and The Happening
). Normally that would be the death of a director who once had so much promise. But no, not Shyamalan. Proving that he's as tough to predict as his earlier plot twists, the old dog is back with a completely different change of genre.The Last Airbender
is a Nickelodeon cartoon based on the exploits of Aang, a young martial artist who can manipulate the weather. Against him is firebending evildoer Zuko, who aims to capture Aang and so regain his lost crown.Slumdog Millionare
's Dev Patel is flame-weilding Zuko, while newcomer Noah Ringer whips up a thunderstorm as Aang.
It all looks good. Will it put M. Night Shyamalan back on track? Here's hoping.