CAST & CREW
John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly ingenious adventures inspire many filmmakers. John Carter, a civil war vet, is transported to Barsoom (Mars) by a medallion. He eventually finds himself in a situation where he has superhuman capabilities and is the only one who can save the planet.
After the unexpected demise of John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), his nephew, Daryl Sabara as Edgar Rice Burroughs starts reading Carter’s journal given to him by Carter’s attorney. He discovers that John Carter was magically transported to a dead planet Barsoom (Mars). He can jump high because of his body density, and people think that he has superhuman abilities that can save the planet.
In his quest to return to Earth, he meets Princess of Helium Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collin) who is in desperate need of a savior. He also meets Sola (Samantha Morton), daughter of Tars Tarkas ( Willem Dafoe) [This is later revealed]. Sola, Carter, and Dejah search for the medallion so that Carter can return to Earth.
In the process, Carter marries the princess of Helium Dejah and decides to live in Mars forever. However, a twist occurs when Matai Shang ( Mark Strong), the leader of the Therns takes the medallion thrown by Carter and sends Carter back to his planet Earth. In the End, Burroughs goes to Carter’s tomb, as he is about to open it he notices that a thern has been following it. They open the tomb only to see that the tomb is vacant.
Suddenly, the thern falls dead; Burroughs turns and sees John Carter is alive. Carter reveals that he had never found the medallion but had planned this to trick the thern to get the medallion. The movie ends with Burroughs writing a book on these events and Carter’s return to Mars.
While Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, Lynn Collins (Dejah Thoris) does her part well and makes a terrific heroine.
John Carter received mixed reviews from the critics. Few believed it to be one of the best fantasy films whereas some believe it to be more of a western film than a science fiction.
Good animated effects.
Good music track.
WHAT’S NOT THERE?
Bland and too long.
Occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization.
It’s a nice weekend action movie to watch for adventure fans.
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