A grand Mars ad­ven­ture

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Dvds -

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.

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