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John Carter (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 9 March 2012 (USA)
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Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.

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John Carter, a Civil War veteran, who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is "asked" by the Army to join, but he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes, and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians, and there's a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there, he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. He meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars, and he learns there's some kind of unrest going on. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Lost in Our World. Found in Another.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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$263,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,180,188 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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$73,058,679 (USA) (22 June 2012)
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It is generally believed that inadequate marketing of the film was the main factor responsible for its commercial failure. Director Andrew Stanton had been given full creative control over the movie as well as its marketing campaign, but according to insiders, he greatly overestimated the universal appeal and popularity of the character John Carter with a contemporary audience. Due to Stanton's inexperience with life action movies and slow pace of filming, there were simply no big special effects shots available when it was time to create the first teaser trailer. Stanton purposely left out references to his earlier work at Pixar (not wanting people to think that it was a children's film) and to the works of author Edgar Rice Burroughs from the teaser. As a big fan of the book series, he wanted to stay as true to the source material as possible; to avoid marketing the film as purely an action blockbuster, he focused on its origin story rather than the action and special effects, much against the wishes of studio executives. When the teaser left audiences unimpressed, the studio was set to create a second trailer that would focus on both the action and the story, in order to appeal to a large audience. However, due to Stanton using his veto on many shots, the resulting trailer contained mostly action and special effects shot that were felt to be too reminiscent of the Star Wars saga. As the awareness of the movie among prospective audiences was shown to increase prior to its release, their interest declined, resulting in a disappointing 30 million gross in the first weekend. With altered trailers, the film ultimately fared much better overseas, and enjoyed a major success in Russia. See more »

Goofs

The white ape's blood is blue, so it makes no sense that its mouth, gums and tongue are light red. See more »

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Tardos Mors: [In Zodanga the wedding procession is taking place, Dejah walks towards her father] I know that this is not the fate you'd have chosen for yourself, or for Helium. But choice is a luxury, even for a Jeddak of Barsoom. Even if in your heart...
Dejah Thoris: The heart is a luxury.
[Tardos starts walking Dejah down the isle towards Sab Than]
Tardos Mors: Steady.
Matai Shang: [Matai Shang is next to Sab Than as they watch Dejah and her father walk towards them] Remember, she is not the prize. The prize is Barsoom.
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At the end of the movie, a title card comes up that says John Carter of Mars. See more »

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John Carter: Stunningly Effective
9 March 2012 | by (California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hearing about this Disney film's story sparked my interest in seeing this right away! I finally did and overall, the characters, the setting, and the plot flowed seamlessly well together! It's like Disney's formula of "Star Wars" and "Avatar" meets "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time."

So, the plot revolves around a Civil War veteran who is somehow transported to Barsoom (aka Mars), where he must help a princess and a colony succeed in a heated battle against another feuding colony.

Director Andrew Stanton delivered well in this epic take of John Carter. Sure, star Taylor Kitsch seems like he's trying a little too hard as the lead guy, but it looks like he's heading toward the same path left behind by Jake Gyllenhaal for "Prince of Persia": serious character figure, yet sometimes able to show unintentional humor usually without noticing. Though not bad on either one's part!

Since John Carter was conceived as a story back in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame), I have to say that this movie is certainly NOT a rip-off. A film like this deserves more credit than initially given! Epic action/adventure films like "Star Wars" and "Avatar" wouldn't exist today without these early roots! It pretty much sparked an influence on the sci-fi, action, adventure genre films that most audiences came to know decades later.

It looks like Stanton's following exactly what his fellow Pixar colleague Brad Bird had done with Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," stepping up as director for once in live-action! Not bad for their first time.


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