John Carter

John Carter

DVD - 2012
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Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic novel, a war-weary former military captain is inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It's a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 2012
Branch Call Number: KIDS DVD JOH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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geratho
Apr 02, 2019

Don’t believe all the ‘informed’ comment that this movie is a flop. It ‘flopped’ because Disney spent way too much money in, then promoted it poorly and hardly made a nickel on it. The movie is really pretty good and a big production but there are a few caveats. Taylor Kitsch is a fine actor despite what some of the other reviews on this page say. He does suffer from the Tom Cruise syndrome in that he’s quite a bit shorter than the guy he’s playing. Other than that he’s great. The screenwriters are more to blame for other criticisms. Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote a lot of books in this series and they tried to mesh a lot of it into the first movie and not always with great success. Like other movies based on several books this would have been better as an HBO or Netflix series where they could have taken more time with the material. Some of the changes they made to plot and characters are a problem so I get the unhappiness with that from people who love the books. So, this is a first time out effort by a big studio that didn’t quite get it right and as a result really stalled getting any more of this to the screen which is too bad. What is great is to see John Carter and Barsoom come to life on the screen at last. Hulk and Spider-Man are on their third time out at least, why not another crack at John Carter? The material is so much richer than either of those two and it’s time to stop letting this movie put a pall over making more of them. It’s still fun to watch though....and read the books!

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hugotoo
May 14, 2018

It was entertaining but I don't know if I'll watch it again. Smells a little of Avatar.

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patch666
Jul 08, 2017

good God was this bad !!!! Someone please make a great movie from this great material

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franna
Sep 29, 2016

this was actually a pretty fun movie. good action. good comedy. i think john carter is a very likable hero.

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tkook
Jul 14, 2016

This is a typical futuristic adventure and a popcorn movie. It's been done before many times.

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rswcove
Sep 21, 2015

This movie, from the director of Wall-E, wants to be Star Wars or Conan The Barbarian. It wants to be a rollicking epic space opera/sword and sandals tale on another world. The movie doesn't succeed, although it does manage to be an enjoyably average film.

The film's weaknesses are threefold. First, none of the protagonists are interesting or sympathetic except the Green Martian Chief played by Willem Dafoe- who is a supporting character who easily steals every scene he's in. The good guys are good because they're good, and the bad guys are bad because they're bad. The characterization is so broad and arch and uninteresting that they seem caricatures of caricatures. Second Taylor Kitsch can't act. Period. Sorry, harsh truth, moving on. Third, the movie feels incredibly rushed- trying to fit too much world building into what should be a tight action tale. It's a fun movie, but is littered with the bones of the much better movie it could have been.

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brovnikdu
Sep 19, 2015

I was entertained and I liked the movie. And I think Taylor Kitsch was a good choice for a lead character.

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ritalatabooks
Apr 20, 2015

The story line was thin, but the special effects was very good. Keep in mind that this was written 100 years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs the creator of Tarzan, and was the front runner of the Sci-fi generation. With that in mind I can enjoy the movie for what it represents; the birth of science fiction. I feel that the negative comments come jaded viewers who have seen and heard it all before.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Dec 30, 2014

More time traveling NONSENSE,Disney style.

Kelly196 Mar 28, 2014

Good movie for the kids or for a rainy day.

It has elements of Stargate. Story line could have been better.

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Monolith
Aug 17, 2012

Tars Tarkas (to John Carter): "You are ugly, but you are beautiful! And you fight like a Thark!"

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Monolith
Aug 17, 2012

Dejah Thoris: "A heart is a luxury."

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Monolith
Aug 17, 2012

Dejah Thoris: "I'm getting away!"

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Monolith
Aug 17, 2012

Thark: "It is good to fly!"

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JihadiConservative
May 28, 2013

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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WendyGD
Jun 26, 2012

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JihadiConservative
May 28, 2013

Violence: Lots of blue blood. some action scenes. nothing frightening or scary. some viewers might find the arena intense.But i didnt:P

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