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From 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, ... read more read more...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. -- (C) Walt Disney

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DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012

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  • July 29, 2014
    A US cavalry officer is accidentally transported to Mars where he encounters a warring civilisation who require his help to end the conquest of their world by a brutal warlord. When talking about cynical marketing campaigns, it's usual to point to terrible films that become big h... read moreits through licensing, advertising and sponsorship deals, but the other side of the coin is John Carter. To say that this film bombed at the box office would be an understatement of the highest order. Those responsible for the marketing of this film fumbled the ball on such a colossal scale that it couldn't hope to recoup the reported budget of $250,000,000 despite the fact that it really isn't all that bad. It's fair to say that you can see where the money was spent; it's a very attractive film packed with nice production design, spectacular set pieces and a quality cast. The problem with John Carter is that it doesn't really capture the imagination in the way a large scale sci-fi adventure should. The culture created in the form of Barsoom is rather charmless and there's little in the way of chemistry between what should be the big romantic leads at its centre. There are also too many supporting characters who get too little screen time on their own making it hard to care about any of the protagonists. But by far the biggest blunder is in how seriously it takes itself; a little campiness and a self-deprecating sense of humour would have gone a long way to making the film a lot more likeable. The result is a po-faced cross between Flash Gordon and Xena: Warrior Princess with a big budget but having said all that, the pacey if somewhat episodic plot and large scale battle sequences maintain the interest for the duration. As a whole it's rather too clinical and soulless but John Carter didn't deserve to sink without a trace and I'd much rather sit through it again than The Phantom Menace or Attack Of The Clones.
  • April 27, 2014
    I like science fiction, and enjoyed the movie. Perhaps not having read "A Princess of Mars" is a good thing, as I didn't have the book to compare to.
  • March 29, 2014
    Its a rainy Saturday afternoon movie for tweens.
    That said, Edgar Rice Burroughs isn't too badly served by this leave-your-thinking-cap-off glorioski extravaganza, with miles and miles of CGI animation used to get ... meh.
    Yer gonna need more popcorn. Its fun.
  • January 4, 2014
    John Carter must've been pretty cool at the time the books were released, but so many things since, including Star Wars and Dune - have been ripped off or inspired by John Carter -- so revisiting the John Carter tale in these modern movie times, seems dull and tired. The beginnin... read moreg was weighted down by the backstory wild-west setting on Earth - when viewers simply wanted to get to Barsoom and begin the excitement. The arena scenes were soo much like Attack of the Clones on the Geonosis planet. I tried several times, but just couldn't get into this movie, even when re-watching in 3D. Most of the creatures were icky. Poor Disney lost money on this thing - maybe they can re-use some of the sets and costumes in the next Star Wars movies.
  • May 6, 2013
    I saw this not knowing too much about it, although heard it got bad reviews. It's impressive in terms of scope, production and cast. The plot and story seem to have been made up of quite a few well known plots from other sci-fi films. Definitely felt like a mix of Stargate and ev... read moreen Star Wars attack of the clones at times. The big budget visuals and action does keep your attention though as does the actors on show. Overall it was quite enjoyable.
  • January 6, 2013
    This wasn't a bad movie at all. No Raiders of the Lost Ark, but most definitely entertaining...
  • December 15, 2012
    It was good. I'll never get used to CG physics.
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    December 3, 2012
    my friend told me that its like another gladiator movie with a mars background without watching it. I think its not just a gladiator movie. there's another story than a gladiator movie
  • November 10, 2012
    Review coming soon.
  • November 6, 2012
    Well I actually quite liked it. Here I am again in the minority but unlike other favourite sci-fi books I read as a child (The Hitch-hikers guide to the Galaxy comes to mind) this is actually pretty close to being a perfect adaptation. Many have said that they should have maybe u... read morepdated the story, given that it has influenced so much (pretty much everything) Sci-fi in the last 100 years but then what would the point of that? I'm really glad a real fan has brought this to the screen and stuck to the books. I wish it was called John Carter of Mars and I'd of liked an adaptation for each book but with fickle cinema goers who can't even be bothered to read anymore he did the very best he could and what he has made is pretty good in my book. Now, if someone could now make The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill, the Galactic Hero books my childhood will be complete.

Critic Reviews

David Denby
March 26, 2012
David Denby, New Yorker

A mess. Full Review

Christopher Orr
March 9, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

The most indelible performance in the film is not, strictly speaking, a performance at all. Rather it is Woola, a six-legged Martian hound who rather resembles a cross between a bulldog and a fetal gi... Full Review

Peter Rainer
March 9, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The reported $250 million price tag for John Carter gives one pause. I suppose one could argue that masterpieces have no price. Then again, John Carter is no masterpiece. Full Review

Laremy Legel
March 9, 2012
Laremy Legel,

Where John Carter continually gets it right is pacing, levity, and breadth of story. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
March 9, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Whenever the fighting stops and two people have to stand and talk, all the air goes out of everything. Suddenly it feels as if we're in an empty theater, watching a dusty old sword-and-sandal epic. Full Review

Rick Groen
March 9, 2012
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

It isn't bad so much as innocuous, $250-million worth of innocuous, framed by a decent start and a solid finish but sagging through the long middle like a cheap mattress. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
March 9, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Though messy and overlong, it's an enjoyable throwback to the movie spectacles of a more innocent age. Full Review

Tom Long
March 9, 2012
Tom Long, Detroit News

"John Carter" is a huge bore. Full Review

Ann Hornaday
March 9, 2012
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Gets off to such an incoherent start that it takes almost the entire, interminable two-hour-plus running time to catch up. Full Review

James Berardinelli
March 8, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Suffers from a convoluted plot and an anticlimactic resolution, but hits enough high notes along the way to be enjoyable. Full Review

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    • John Carter: The Jeddak of Zodanga means to quash Helium this very night, and if Helium falls, so does Barsoom. We must throw out the thought of old hatreds. Tharks did not cause this, but by Issus, Tharks will end it! We ride for Zodanga!
    • Dejah Thoris: No. It is your will. When I was little and we would look up at the stars, and you would tell me of the heroes whose glory was written in the sky. How there was a star up there for me. Is this what you imagined would be written on it?
    • Dejah Thoris: I'm getting away!
    • Tars Tarkas: Did I not tell you he could jump!
    • Dejah Thoris: Let me know when it gets dangerous.
    • Dejah Thoris: He shot me out of the sky!

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