James Cameron is a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci — a genius in the truest sense of the term.
Every other director — including one who has a particular penchant for explosions and spectacle — simply takes the approach of shooting random mayhem and explosions from many angles and then leaving it to the unfortunate film editor to cobble together a half-decent battle scene.
With James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, it is a totally different story. These two directors do not just shoot random mayhem; their battle scenes are coherent, meaningful and very easy to follow. Battle scenes directed by these two directors are truly riveting, and contrast sharply with the battle scenes of all other directors, which are tedious, pointless and ultimately nothing more than a big load of flaming nonsense.
James Cameron recently re-confirmed his genius with his film Avatar, which features what could be argued to be the perfect battle scene at the end. The battle scene makes perfect sense: every round fired, every explosion, every strategic decision is easy to understand and has a clear purpose. We know exactly what is being done, by whom and WHY.
It takes a genius to achieve true simplicity and clarity. Props to James Cameron and Steven Spielberg — two modern-day geniuses in the greatest Renaissance tradition.