A film with more than the usual spoiler issues. Talking about it in any detail feels akin to handing you a gift-wrapped present and saying, "I hope you like it -- It's a thriller about a diabolical secret experiment."
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
The movie did just $73million at the domestic box office, but 3 times that overseas. I hope whoever promoted this movie was banned from the movie industry, because it was the poor promotion that killed it.The movie is very entertaining, and really begs the rest of the books to be made into movies, but because of 1 idiot, we will doubtless not be getting that.Great family adventure movie.
One of the reviews here said it all and took the words right out of my mouth.
I raise my hat to the reviewer who goes by the name "Metacognizant".
Rather than repeat that review - which you can find yourself - let me add this:
In my youth, I managed to acquire and read the entire set of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs known as "The Martian Series".
The first novel is entitled "A Princess of Mars".Anyway, I was always disappointed that nobody in Hollywood ever brought this swashbuckling epic to the cinema screen.
Imagine my astonishment and delight when "John Carter" (the movie) surfaced in 2012.
The denigrating and scathing reviews that I waded through - at the time - made my heart sink.
Nevertheless, I rented the movie and steeled myself to judge "John Carter" from what was projected onscreen, before my own eyes.
By the time the end credits started scrolling, my teeth were gnashing at all the critics who besmirched this magnificent movie...
What I thought of them - and still do - is truly unprintable here....take my word for it!!Apparently, Hollywood critics and Hollywood film producers can't "smell" a good movie from a bad one, anymore.
Well guys, I have not, and if anybody in Hollywood wants a fellow who CAN smell a good movie from a bad one...I'm available!!
Remember Kurt Russell in "The Barefoot Executive" (1971).....and how a Chimp could "smell" good stuff that studio execs could not....
Sound familiar?If you have not yet immersed yourself in this marvelous masterpiece, what are you waiting for?
Why not rent "John Carter" and see for yourself who's right: the critics or the positive reviewers:- such as Metacognizant ?
You will have the time of your life.....why else would I rate this movie as 10/10 ??
Saw it without any expectations while doing something else on the computer and was pleasantly surprised. Has that Disney magic leaking through the seams. Great acting from the cast. Entertaining Sci- fi/fantasy concepts. All those other blockbuster hits just don't cut it with their cheap one liners, meaningless explosions, and pointless screenshots. One of the few movies that I can watch over and over again without getting a sick feeling in the pit of the stomach due to mediocre direction/production attempt. This is really a 7/10 (solid, pop in and play film) but bumped to and 8 due to the lack of recognition it deserves.
This movie could have been the start of a very successful franchise. Unfortunately, the writers and the director seem to have decided that their ad lib on the original story by Burroughs would be better. They added a nonsensical magic priest cult that has nothing to do with the original story to make it more believable... This is a work of fiction! Believable? I've read the books so many times and was looking so much forward to seeing it made into a movie. The writer/director destroyed Burroughs carefully crafted story. I doubt that he was a fan of Burroughs or even heard of the Mars series until he was hired as a last resort for this project. Read the books! It is so much better than this movie. I wish someone who loved these books by Burroughs, someone like Peter Jackson and how he materialized Tolkien's works, would redo this movie right. "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" also had a bunch of flops made before Peter Jackson. One can only hope.