M. Night Shyamalan’s films are known for pulling the rug out from underneath audiences in their closing minutes, and viewers should be aware that The Last Airbender
actually breaks the mold in that regard. Sadly, that’s because it’s nothing more than part one of a possible series. There’s no third-act twist because we never get out of the first act.
The story is set in a world populated by four factions: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. There are “benders” within each group that have the ability to control their particular element; the Fire people can shoot flames, the Water people can make walls of ice appear, etc., etc., etc. The Fire people have decla...