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Flawed John Carter 

Mars adventure a bit too crammed with ideas and effects

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One can’t count a paucity of ideas among the numerous flaws in John Carter, an adaptation of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story. The action-adventure flick brims over with alien creatures, plotlines that feature space travel, romance and war and thematic nods to environmental destruction, politics and the Bible. This J.C. (get it?) is a former Confederate soldier who stumbles on a portal to Mars, where the low gravity leaves him capable of superhuman feats and where two human-like Martian factions and aliens reminiscent of Jar Jar Binks are at each other’s throats. Stanton strains to pack these elements and more into two celluloid hours and Taylor Kitsch does him no favours with an inanimate performance in the title role. Great creature effects aside, John Carter adds up to less than the sum of its convoluted parts.
John Carter in Disney Digital 3D
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 139 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.johncarterarrives.com
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Chabon
Producer: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson and Lindsey Collins
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe
John Carter
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 139 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.johncarterarrives.com
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Chabon
Producer: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson and Lindsey Collins
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe
John Carter: An IMAX 3D Experience
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 139 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.johncarterarrives.com
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Chabon
Producer: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson and Lindsey Collins
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Bryan Cranston, Ciarán Hinds, James Purefoy, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Dominic West, Daryl Sabara, Lynn Collins and Polly Walker
John Carter: The IMAX Experience
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 139 min. · 2012
Official Site: www.johncarterarrives.com
Director: Andrew Stanton
Writer: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Chabon
Producer: Jim Morris, Colin Wilson and Lindsey Collins
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe

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