I'll go see Avatar and I will almost certainly enjoy it greatly, as I do most SF blockbusters and almost all of James Cameron's films.
But although he made them heavy-handedly and his ideology was hanging out when he did so, Breitbart has some valid points.
This isn't Aliens, where the Marines were cast in the role of heroes and the bad guy was a corporate stooge. This is Avatar, and the Marines are cast as the muscle which is enforcing the corporate greed of some huge conglomerate which is exploiting a wondrous substance that produces energy to feed civilization. Pardon me, but the parallel between taking petroleum from the Middle East and "Unobtanium" from Pandora does seem pretty obvious.
And if Cameron was not consciously trying to evoke memories of the racial strife between Europeans and both Africans and Native Americans, then why make the Na'vi tall Watusi-like slender aliens with dreadlocked hair and distinctively different skin color, who shoot bows and arrows at the white-skinned invaders?
There does seem to be quite a bit of political commentary and obvious parallels contained in the plot of Avatar, and it's not concealed under the surface, it's hanging out for everyone to see.
It has been 35 years since I took off my USCG uniform, but I still fiercely resent the all-to-common attitude that Hollywood displays towards the US Military. My USCG service was typical of many if not most in uniform, the word "Service" is used for a reason. Whether one puts to sea in a small boat in bad weather to rescue people in distress, or wades through the toxic waters of hurricane Katrina in search of survivors, or picks through the rubble of a city following a major earthquake, the mission is to save lives.
Even those relative few who are put into combat in a foriegn land have no choice in the matter. The President just sent 30,000 troops into the hellhole of Afghanistan in the days before Christmas. They went, because that is what those who have sworn the oath of Service do when ordered. They go to places they would not themselves choose to go, to do things they would not themselves choose to do, because the man we all elected made the choice for them.
Hollywood needs to change it's attitude towards those who serve, is my point. If you disagree with it, I would ask that you respect the AVS rules when replying. For example, no names of elected officials or political parties need be specified. I was discussing my opinion of a plot element in the film which is the topic of this thread.