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JOHN CARTER (2012) - PREVIEW 



 


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John Carter (2012)

Starring:
Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Ciarán Hinds, Bryan Cranston, Dominic West
Directed by: Andrew Stanton

U.S. Opening Date: March 9th, 2012


 

THEY SAY

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter - a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars).

John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).

In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands . . .

WE SAY

Considering the amount of talent involved (Stanton is one of Pixar’s mainstays and directed the likes of WALL-E and Finding Nemo and Disney clearly spent a bundle on it) the trailer for John Carter comes across as disappointingly generic. In fact you’d be excused for thinking that you were watching a sequel to Prince of Persia!

Take the alien design, for instance: it might as well be any alien from any old sci-fi movie of the past decade or so! Couldn’t they at least have stolen the designs from the much more original ‘Seventies Marvel comics? Sure, the movie is based on a fantasy series by the creator of Tarzan which is the granddaddy of them all but at least some originality would have been called for!

(By the way, the movie used to be called John Carter of Mars. Then studio bigwigs must have realized that anything with “Mars” in the title tends to flop with audiences – including Disney’s own Mars Needs Moms which flopped big time - and dropped the Mars bit from the title.)
 

 

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