John Carter

John Carter

3.5 614 Ratings

Directed by : Andrew Stanton

Release Date : | Length : 132 Minutes

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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 (Lyn...more

Verdict

“The movie entertains a confusing plot and the actors don't do justice to the characters. The 3D graphics are not up to the mark either. John Carter is a downfall from the high standard Andrew Stanton had set for himself. Skip it!”

John Carter Credit & Casting

Taylor Kitsch

John Carter Audience Review

Failed promise

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by Mehul Suri (50 DM Points) | See all my reviews

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When the first trailers of John Carter hit, I was secretly excited. I must admit that I enjoy such cheesy commercial Hollywood studio stuff where big bucks are spent on mindless action and frivolous visual gimmickry. Unfortunately John Carter fails to deliver the promise of being the next big 3-D blockbuster.

The story follows swashbuckling military man John Carter in 19th century America, who by some spidery space portal gets transported to Mars and develops super human powers due to the gravitational change. Once on Mars, he fights and then ultimately befriends the native aliens who are in a civil war with the red humans. John falls in love with the red human Princess Deja, who in turn must be saved from the evil king of another state. Confused? Well so was I throughout this lengthy space saga.

The screenplay leaps and jumps much like John Carter himself. The plot takes ages to establish itself and then rushes through the crucial points of catharsis and epiphany. The characters themselves seem confused and lost in space.

Taylor Kitsch as John Carter looks too much like a high school jock to deliver the charm and rustic appeal of a western outlaw, a character Harrison Ford made his own in the Indiana Jones series.

The 3-D work is all done in post and besides a couple of scenes, John Carter really is the poor man's Avataar. Director Andrew Stanton, who has given us such memorable films as Finding Nemo and Wall-E seems to have lost the Midas touch. John Cater does not engage or entertain as one has come to expect from a director of Stanton's calibre.

All in all, this one is really an effort down the drain ; and thats because of it's own doing. 2 stars