Beginning in 1911, Edgar Rice Burroughs conceived and wrote a series of eleven books about life on Mars and 100 years later the action, adventure, sci-fi film Princes of Mars is a result of the first book by the same name. When American civil war veteran John Carter (Taylor Titsch) is hunting for gold in Arizona he is mysteriously transported to Mars by a silver medallion. As soon as he arrives he encounters 12-foot-tall green barbarians with 4 arms and 2 tusks called the Tharks. Tars Tarkos (Willem Dafoe) is one of the Tharks who wants John Carter to be their champion because of his strength and ability to jump really high â€“ thanks to the low gravity on Mars. Eventually Carter leaves the Tharks, and he meets Dejah Tharis (Lynn Collins) who is the beautiful red-skinned princess of the city of Helium and coincidentally the only free city on Mars. Unfortunately, Carter left one civil war only to step into another and Deja is about to marry her enemy Sad Than (Dominique West) of the city of Zobamgam in order to have peace between the 2 cities. As if there aren’t enough strange races and people with weird names, we are introduced to another alien villain named Matai Shang (Mark Strong) who is from a race of beings called the Therns and can change his form at will. Of course, Carter falls in love with Dejah and tries to stop the war while battling flying machines and fighting strange animals. I’m not going to try to explain anymore of this complicated story and its useless sub-plots or introduce any more characters. The film lags in the middle and drags on too long at 2 hours and 15 minutes but it’s also too short to fit in some details needed in the story. I hear some of the computer graphics looked great and they should at 250 million but there was nothing here that was really original. Someone said the Tharks looked like Avatars if they didn’t have tusks and had 2 fewer arms. (Of course, I would look like Johnny Depp if I was thinner, had darker hair, was better looking and yes if I could see.) Now this isn’t a bad movie but with the source material coming from the creator of Tarzan I just expected a little better. Now Taylor Titsch and Lynn Collins did a find job as relative new comers, and the experienced supporting cast was great with this complicated script. It is entertaining especially for 12 year old kids and adults who are kids at heart and it will find its audience. I really do think the next film in the series will be better and yes there will be another one but I can’t give this one anything higher then a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.