Avatar: why you need to experience James Cameron's epic in 4DX

Some 13 years after its initial release, James Cameron's staggering sci-fi opus Avatar is showing at Cineworld in 4DX for the very first time.

Ahead of the release of the sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, you can re-experience the very first adventure on Pandora, complete with immersive and tactile effects, scents and movement.

4DX is a unique sensory experience, exclusive to Cineworld cinemas in the UK and Ireland. And Avatar was designed to be experienced in this format as audiences can tangibly feel the world of Pandora through their body as they watch the movie.

Scroll down to discover some unforgettable Avatar scenes that will gain added dimension and breathtaking physicality when experienced in 4DX.


1. Feel water as Jake explores the landscape of Pandora

The tactility of Cameron's vision for Avatar continues to dazzle and enchant. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie comes when Jake is stranded on the hostile Pandora while still in his avatar body, exposing him to the planet's multifaceted sights that are, by turns, terrifying, mysterious and beautiful.

Water is a crucial feature of Pandoran life, as Jake discovers when he explores the landscape with his soon-to-be partner Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). One can imagine how the water effects of 4DX can better stimulate one's immersion in Pandoran life.

2. Breathe in the scents and visuals of Hometree

The strobe effects and olfactory scents of 4DX help invest more extraordinary life into Pandora's remarkable flora and fauna. The iridescent nature of the jungle, complete with the wispy, ethereal seeds of the Sacred Tree that land on Jake's body, soon gives way to the imposing Hometree, the home of Neytiri and her tribal family.

The narrative themes of Avatar are very much rooted in the soil as Jake discovers how the Na'vi tribe works in harmony with the landscape. More than that, Jake and scientist Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) also realise that the trees all share a bioelectric connection. The sights and sounds of 4DX are pivotal for plugging audiences back into a world where nature is under palpable threat.

3. Be enveloped by the wind as you soar with the ikran

Jake's Na'Vi coming of age ceremony (akin to the Australian Walkabout) comes when he must bond with an ikran, or mountain banshee. Jake must physically bond with the creature using his ponytail, but completing the task is no mean feat.

When Jake finally bonds with his chosen ikran at Neytiri's behest, he indulges in his first maiden flight across the floating mountains of Pandora. It's one of the most exhilarating scenes in the entire movie and is tailor-made for the all-encompassing wind effects of 4DX. It gives greater physicality to Jake's initial ikran free-fall before he finally learns to control the beast and soar with the rest of the Na'vi tribe.

4. Be jolted in your seat during the final battle with Quaritch's forces

Avatar culminates in a spectacular battle between the indigenous Na'vi and the invasive colonial forces, spearheaded by the ruthless Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang).

You may have watched this scene several times before, but never in a moving seat that invests you in every explosion, swoop, dive, or aerial manoeuver. That's where the moving seats of 4DX come in, making you feel the impact as Jake squares off against his former commander turned deadliest enemy.


Find out more about the unique qualities of the 4DX format in the following video.

Are you ready to head back to Pandora? Then click here to book your 4DX tickets for Avatar. The movie is re-released at Cineworld cinemas on September 23.