not an altogether bad film, though it seems to have been panned by the experts. it’s a familiar setup – young savior of the world on a mission to do just that.
in this case the savior exists in a world where each tribe can manipulate (bend) the four elements. the eponymous character is the savior and he jumps into his role fairly quickly. usually in these films the savior has great growing pains and/or is reluctant to accept his role. the film drags a bit as it goes on and the setup isn’t changed enough to be novel. there are some stilted performances and it’s not shyamalan’s best film to date, but it’s pretty good for a young teen audience which is more or less what it’s geared toward.Watched in theater