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Something's missing from 'John Carter' (異星戰場:強卡特戰記)

“John Carter” is to action movies as eggs, milk and flour are to a cake. All of the elements are there but they just haven't come together to make a sweet treat.

The film, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, has ex-Civil War soldier John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) magically transported to Mars where he finds breathable air, 12-feet-tall warriors and a planet on the verge of being ruled by a group of immortals. Carter uses his newfound strength and jumping abilities — the bonus of lesser gravity — to wade into the war.

The script by Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon mixes pieces of several Burroughs books in such an awkward way that the movie neither spotlights the planet's battle nor the Earthling's adventures. This story should have been a cosmic tale of good vs. evil but the story keeps getting bogged down by convoluted explanations and a wedding plot line that's as dusty as the Martian surface.

And there's no consistency.

March 30, 2012    duncwright@
First of all, as John Carter says himself in the film' "Immortal ain't bullet-proof". I suggest that the lack of consistency is in this review, and not in the film itself. Perhaps if the reviewer were to take the time to re-examine the film, they might find hidden depths in Taylor Kitsch's performance, from his angst in finding himself returned to Earth, to the rage invoked while fighting the Warhoon horde.

You think you know Mars. But you do not know Mars.
April 25, 2012    mdavidholmes@
Loved it. Every scene.
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“John Carter” is to action movies as eggs, milk and flour are to a cake. All of the elements are there but they just haven't come together to make a sweet treat.



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