<i>By Jevon Phillips, Patrick Kevin Day, Todd Martens and Emily Christianson</i><br>
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"Avatar" has been described as a lot of things &mdash; a "game changer" and a "sci-fi epic" among them. In many interviews, director <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" PECLB000813" title="James Cameron" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/james-cameron-PECLB000813.topic">James Cameron</a> has described "Avatar" in terms of other epic movies, saying it's like <a href="permalink:%20http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/08/james-cameron-the-new-trek-rocks-but-transformers">"Dances With Wolves" in space</a> or <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/08/james-cameron-on-avatar-like-the-matrix-this-movie-is-a-doorway-.html">like the "Matrix."</a>  Well, after watching the trailer, we can start to describe this thing for ourselves and it brings to mind some other high-profile projects of recent years.<br>
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Take a look at these similarities and see if you agree.<br>
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Related:<br>
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<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/08/early-avatar-trailer-reviewers-not-blown-away.html">'Avatar' trailer: Reviewers hopeful but not blown away</a>.
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By Jevon Phillips, Patrick Kevin Day, Todd Martens and Emily Christianson

"Avatar" has been described as a lot of things — a "game changer" and a "sci-fi epic" among them. In many interviews, director James Cameron has described "Avatar" in terms of other epic movies, saying it's like "Dances With Wolves" in space or like the "Matrix." Well, after watching the trailer, we can start to describe this thing for ourselves and it brings to mind some other high-profile projects of recent years.

Take a look at these similarities and see if you agree.

Related:

'Avatar' trailer: Reviewers hopeful but not blown away.

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