A grand Mars adventure
CONSIDERING the squillions Disney invested in this sweeping sci- fi epic and how much it recouped at the box office, they’ll be hoping you and everyone you know rent and buy as many copies as your budget will allow . . . and then a few more. An ambitious project with a grandiose vision, John Carter follows the adventures of an American Civil War veteran who is mystically transported to Mars and right into a planetary war. Captured by an alien race he is found to have special powers that may just swing the war in favour of the oppressed – the people of a hot Martian princess – and knock off an evil warlord who wants to control the planet and everyone on it. You can certainly see where the money has gone, it’s all up on the screen and it’s got some visual wow, but with the wow comes the whoops in the shape of a messy, dull plot and melodramatic acting. Extras: ★ ★ ½ An informative albeit short ( about 10 minutes) featurette on writer Edgar Rice Burroughs and an audio commentary with the filmmakers.