Something's missing from 'John Carter' (異星戰場：強卡特戰記)
By Rick Bentley
March 9, 2012, 4:25 pm TWN
"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.