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Princess of Mars (2009)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller, War | Video 29 December 2009
When a solider in the middle east gets wounded in the line of duty, he is teleported to the planet Barsoom. There, he must face the hostile aliens to fight for his survival again.

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Mark Atkins

Writers:

Mark Atkins, Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Sabato Jr. ... John Carter
Traci Lords ... Dejah Thoris
Matt Lasky ... Tars Tarkas
Chacko Vadaketh ... Sarka / Sab Than
Mitchell Gordon Mitchell Gordon ... Tal Hajus
Noelle Perris ... Sola
Matt Lagan ... Kantos Kan
Kimberly Ables Jindra ... Saroh Kan
Tomas Boykin ... Cornwell Sams
Rob Ullett Rob Ullett ... Hudson
Dean Kreyling Dean Kreyling ... Atol Nard
Mohammad Kavianpour Mohammad Kavianpour ... Hosan
Jay Beyers Jay Beyers ... Thark Gordack
Ali Tagi Alexander Ali Tagi Alexander ... Jamal
Jonathan Footman Jonathan Footman ... Thark
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Storyline

John Carter (Antonio Sabato Jr.) is some kind of lone soldier in the middle east who looks at everyone through the scope on his rifle, until one day he gets shot a bunch of times and the government decides to reconstruct him on another planet for some reason. Naked and surrounded by hostile aliens, John Carter must fight for survival as aliens try to kill him and/or make him eat bugs. John Carter does NOT WANT TO EAT BUGS. Written by Matt Pierce

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Sci-Fi | Thriller | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avatar of Mars See more »

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Production Co:

The Asylum See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This film makes extensive use of the Vasquez Rocks for its alien landscape, appearing throughout the film as different locations. See more »

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As Tarkas' men try to break into the air pumping station a zipper is clearly visible in the back of a warrior's costume. See more »

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Version of John Carter (2012) See more »

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If it was done in 1957 in black and white at a drive in, it might have worked
6 June 2010 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

It's just not too clear where the movie makers were trying to go with this adaptation of the Edgar Burroughs story. At first glance, it looks to be a tribute to the style of old drive-in sci-fi features, where an intrepid astronaut pioneers unchartered space. Along the way, our space hero will bravely fight giant creatures, duel bad guys, establish friendship with the Martian locals, romance a blonde alien, bring about peace between warring tribes, overthrow a despot, and so on.

They give us all that old school sci-fi stuff, but there's no cohesion to anything. The "plot" is just a parade of unlinked chapters. The story is modernized, which is a mistake. Yes, everybody knows the Rovers have found nothing up there, but who cares? Keep the naive retro feel of a mysterious and foreboding Mars. That was the fun of the source material. But now, the action doesn't even occur on Mars! The 19th century soldier turned Spaceman Spiff has been redone as a Gulf War Marine, and sports millennial tattoos. The Princess herself is Xena Warrior Princess one moment, and helpless fairy tale princess the next.

Still, those Martian green celery-head guys were lovable (even though you can see skin poking out from beneath the masks). The indigenous bug creatures, and the fights against them, are amusingly cheap, yet done with gusto. Overall, an amateurish film, but has a bit of odd charm to it.


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