Friday, April 13, 2012

John Carter (2012) Movie Review

It was about a month ago when I've seen this movie but only had my time now to write a review about it. At first when I first saw the trailer in the cinema, I thought the movie would be another action sci-fi movie without any bloody scene since it's distributed by Walt Disney (just like Narnia) but I was totally wrong there.

Fighting through his way in Mars in order to go back home...

Director: Andrew Stanton
Writers: Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe




Plot: John Carter, a Civil War veteran who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life got transfered to Mars, a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

Taylor Kitsch who acted as John Carter, is a Canadian actor and model. He is best known for his role as Tim Riggins in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. I've seen him in a few movies and he played the character Gambit in Wolverine Origins. Gambit is one of the reason why I wanted to watch the movie so badly. Then the best one was him playing as Kevin Carter in the Bang Bang Club. You guys must really watch that movie, especially for those who are working as a photographer.

The friendly alien leader.
John Carter encounter the princess in Barsoom.
John Carter was also featured as one of the Marvel comic.

The film is the live-action debut of director/writer Andrew Stanton; his previous work includes the Pixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008). Co-written by Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, it is produced by Jim Morris, Colin Wilson, and Lindsey Collins, and scored by Michael Giacchino. 

Walt Disney Pictures distributed the film and released it in the United States on March 9, 2012; the film was shown in regular 2D and in the Digital 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Filming began in November 2009 with principal photography underway in January 2010, wrapping seven months later in July 2010. Upon release, John Carter received a mixed critical reception from film critics and performed poorly at the domestic box office, although it showed strength overseas. Despite a $183 million global box office revenue in its first ten days, Disney reported that it expected the film to lose up to $200 million in the fiscal quarter.


Check out the official trailer of John Carter below:


John Carter is a 2012 American science fiction action film that tells the first interplanetary adventure of John Carter, the heroic protagonist of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume Barsoom series of novels (1912–43). The film marks the centennial of the character's first appearance.

Conclusion: This is currently one of my favorite movie this year. My rating would be 4/5 as I've not expected how the story will go and I'm quite impress by the writer's idea to actually create almost a similar human world in Mars but with additional alien creatures. The peeps in Mars have blue blood instead and they were shocked when they first saw John Carter have the ability to jump so high due to the lower gravity in Mars. There was also a very unique device where it was created by the 'Gods' in Mars to actually transfer human from Earth to Mars just like the telegram system. The visual effects was quite well done as well and some even compared this movie to be as good as Avatar. Though it's distributed by Walt Disney, it's not suitable for children and PG-13 rated.


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