“John Carter” a Sci-Fi classic for a new generation was well worth the wait!
Long before Luke blew up the Death Star and Anakin turned away from Obi-Wan to the “dark side”, even 32 years before George Lucas was born, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote about a Civil War vet in search for gold that is teleported away to Mars and into the middle of another Civil War. It seems like making the film almost took just as long as it has transferred production companies until finally landing back at Disney (Who owned the rights in the 80’s) and finally were able to bring “John Carter” to the big screen in brilliant 3D!
Taylor Kitsch (Gambit in Wolverine) is John Carter, a rebel survivor from the war, who is out west prospecting for gold when he discovers a strange medallion in a cave that lands him on Mars! Disoriented is putting it lightly when John wake up on the red planet, known to the locals as Barsoom, and has no idea how and why he is there. The first discovery Carter makes is that the difference in gravity on Mars gives him the ability to leap long distances (ala Superman) at will and he possesses superhuman strength. As John makes strides across the desert he runs into one of the local tribes, the Thark, (a tall green insect looking creature of Mars) and is captured by their leader Tars Tarkas (William Dafoe). Carter shows his strength in the Thark arena and is welcomed into the tribe.
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