Films to See Before You Die: #96 John Carter

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John Carter (2012)

Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong

Synopsis: John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) a Civil War veteran in 1868 who is asked to rejoin the army and upon refusal is locked up. After escaping he finds a cave that has a lot of strange markings on the walls, he obtains a medallion that transports him to Barsoom (Mars) where the air is breathable and the planet inhabited by two different species. The difference in the planet’s atmosphere makes him able to jump huge distances and he is incredibly strong. Carter is taken captive by the Tharks a race of 12-foot tall green barbarians who are led by Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). After rescuing a princess (Lynn Collins) of Helium a race of red humanoids Carter is asked to aid her city against a warlord from Zodanga who has been slaughtering her people. Initially he refuses but soon after realizes that he cannot just stand aside that he must fight for Barsoom.

Trivia: The first “John Carter” story by Edgar Rice Burroughs made its debut in 1912 in a magazine serial. Thus, the 2012 feature film marks the centenary (100th anniversary) of the character’s first appearance.

Why I think you should see this: I have seen this movie twice in the theaters and loved it both times it is an absolute masterpiece of sci-fi filming. The effects are incredible and the lead character is very likable as are all the rest. I really encourage people to go see this in theaters while it is still out and if you miss it make it a top priority for rental. I was simply over whelmed the first time I saw it and after it was done I was very sad that it did poorly at the box office because that makes it unlikely for the promise of any sequels.