Sam Worthington

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk — the First Flight' misses what's great about Cirque or 'Avatar'

Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk — the First Flight' misses what's great about Cirque or 'Avatar'

James Cameron’s “Avatar” is a movie that everyone saw, but no one can remember. Go ahead: Try and call to mind any character’s name. Maybe you summoned Jake Sully, the disabled human played by Sam Worthington, who traveled to the distant moon Pandora, which is inhabited by a race of tribal blue aliens who live in perfect harmony with nature. Maybe you even remembered that they were called the Na’vi.

But despite its stature as the highest-grossing film in history, making $2.7 billion worldwide in its 2009 release, “Avatar” doesn’t have the kind of pop-culture stickiness of films like “Star Wars” or...

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