John Carter 2012

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Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a saviour.

Starring:
Taylor Kitsch,Lynn Collins
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Andrew Stanton
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins
Supporting actors Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, James Purefoy
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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258 of 273 people found the following review helpful By P. Vlahodimos on 21 May 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Ok. Where to start?
Firstly, I have not read the book. So I can't draw any comparisons on content/accuracy etc.

What I wanted to do is simply dispel the rumours and terrible press this move has had to endure.
To start with the painfully obvious: This movie is unlikely to win any oscars (although the CGI is really really good).

I sat down to watch this with very very low expectations. I mean, how much could I expect from a movie panned by all critics and recording massive losses for Disney.

But you know what? This is actually rather good.
It's not going to make it into my all time top ten, but it's a lot of fun.
Maybe it helps that I'm a big sci-fi fan in general, but this type of movie is typically what I like to sit back and watch with full immersion without the need to really work the grey matter in my brain.

The alien race(s) are well developed, the imagery is superb, with Mars looking both daunting and amazing, and as mentioned before, the special effects are top drawer. The battles, especially those in the air are stunning visually.

The lead actors do a decent job of drawing you into their characters and their fight to address the demons in ther respective closets. The female lead is stunningly beautiful, and you never tire of her screen time. The bonus being that she doesnt whine or complain a great deal and really comes accross as a tough heroine in her own right. Carter is well acted, with occasional reference to his troubled past, but this works well as well as it's not overly frequent, and when it does occur, you actually feel for him, at least a bit.

And of course the story itself is excellent. You have to remember just how long ago the book was written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2012
Format: DVD
Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) stars as a tormented American Civil War veteran of the Confederate 7th Cavalry, Virginia. Who through the story telling of his open minded young relative, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara - Spy Kids), who's character, Edgar, is the real life writer of the book, A Princess of Mars, this story is devrived from. Reading from Carter's journal, the film plays out the predicament that has befallen Captain John Carter. From his 1868 western travels looking for a cave of gold, to being whisked to Mars by a strange amulet, finding he has superhuman strength & is smack dab in the middle of another war, this time, for Mars(Barsoom).

Overall i found this movie to be very enjoyable. The concept took a little bit of getting my head around it, but having seen nothing but Marvel comic movies recently, it didn't take too much effort on my part. The story was interesting, and following Carter's exploits raised a wide array of various emotions through a plethora of attention grabbing situations. The introduction of Carter is one of mystery & humor, as he starts out like Clint Eastwood with a scrap against some yokels in a smokey makeshift outpost, then he turns into Captain Jack Sparrow as he attempts to escape capture from American solider's in a humorous, over the top visual manner. This is as the film carries on with a mixture of seriousness & humor.
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124 of 140 people found the following review helpful By chris on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I saw this film last week and it is an excelllent representation of ERBs "A Princess of Mars"

The savaging of this film by the media is not only unfair, its unjustified and frankly I have been disgusted at some of the so called critics and their reviews.

Everyone,I know,that saw this film, loved it-so give it a chance-you will not regret it.

This film is good old fashioned escapism, of a swashbuckling kind,I thought it was better than Avatar ( it was more fun,thats for sure)

Its a pity the film was not given a proper chance.I think it will be judged very kindly, in future years and its a pity more people didnt take a chance on going to the cinema to watch it.
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116 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked this film a lot. Long long time ago, when I was a teenager, I read some of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels in the "Barsoom" series (Barsoom means Mars in Martian language) and I enjoyed them greatly. And thanks to this movie, I just relived again this experience and I could enjoy a little bit of the old magic.

Burroughs books about Tarzan (he created this character) had quite a number of movie adaptations, but his Martian and Venusian series were considered for a long time too hard to film. Considering that the first book was written in 1912 and that the first plans to film it were made (without success) in 1931, it certainly took time to have a movie version of the first of "Barsoom" books - but considering the rather pleasant result, it was worth waiting that long.

Below I tried to describe the best things in this film, with as little SPOILERS as possible.

1. John Carter from Virginia, a former captain of Confederate cavalry. For my personal taste Taylor Kitsch pictured him quite well, and the scenario describes him like in the book, as a man courageous, strong and aggressive but also noble, faithful and clever. Unlike in some other action movies I found this hero quite LIKEABLE - he is a little bit grim and sullen in the beginning, but we soon come to understand why and frankly he has reasons to be in such a state of mind. His progressive awakening to a second chance in life is credible and a pleasant thing to watch.

2. Dejah Thoris of Helium, the Princess of Mars. Actually, the first book in "Barsoom" series, of which this film is the adaptation, had for title precisely "A Princess of Mars", as Dejah Thoris is a character as important as John Carter.
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