John Carter

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Run time: 132 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th March 2012

Box Office USA: $73.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $284.1M

Budget: $250M

Distributed by: Walt Disney Pictures

Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Fresh: 111 Rotten: 108

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Lindsey Collins, Jim Morris,

Starring: Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Mark Strong as Matai Shang, Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas, Ciarán Hinds as Tardos Mors, Samantha Morton as Sola, Thomas Haden Church as Tal Hajus, Dominic West as Sab Than, James Purefoy as Kantos Kan, Bryan Cranston as Powell, Polly Walker as Sarkoja, Daryl Sabara as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arkie Reece as Stayman #1 / Helm, Davood Ghadami as Stayman #3, Pippa Nixon as Lightmaster, Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris

John Carter Movie Review


While trailers make this look like an effects-heavy sci-fi mess, the film is actually a rollicking adventure firmly centred on characters rather than the creatures or action. It's an involving, strikingly well-made action drama.

At the end of the American Civil War, John Carter (Kitsch) is in Arizona looking for gold when a strange artefact in a cave transports him to Mars, known locally as Barsoom. Getting used to the lower gravity is one thing, but he's soon captured by green, 15-foot-tall Tharks, who have four limbs plus tusks on the sides of their faces. He earns the respect of leader Tars Tarkas (Dafoe), but when he rescues Helium's Princess Dejah (Collins), he ends up in the middle of the war between red human kingdoms Helium and Zodanga.

The story is bookended with scenes of author Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sabara), John's nephew, who has a key role in a plot that includes numerous characters who are inter-connected in complex ways. Dejah's father (Hinds) is about to sell her into marriage with enemy leader Sab Than (West), who's being manipulated by Matai Shang (Strong), a angel-like Thern. Meanwhile, John is accompanied by feisty Thark warrior Sola (Morton) and an enormous, slobbery dog-thing who's fiercely loyal to him.

The film is packed with these kinds of details, cleverly woven into the script to make the story funny, intriguing and thrilling. It's also extremely fast-paced, never letting up the tension as John is propelled from one dangerous situation into another, discovering things about himself that he never knew. And as we take this journey with him, we feel the punch of terror and exhilaration along with emotional resonance on a variety of fronts.

On a technical level, the film looks terrific. The effects work continually surprises us with animated characters who are thoroughly engaging, while the 3D camerawork makes nice use of the desert locations. And even if the story feels constructed, with action and emotional beats at key intervals, it never feels contrived. Like the 1977 Star Wars, it's a pure story of a young man looking into himself and deciding what's really important. OK, it's not that ground-breaking, but it bodes well for adaptations of Burroughs' 10 other Barsoom novels.


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I just watched John Carter at filmswoop. It's free and in pretty good quality. Check it out!

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