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A commercial bomb, whose $250 million pre-marketing budget and failure at the US box office decimated Disney's operating profits and scalped the studio's head, sci-fi fantasy
is not the disaster its reputation suggests. Based on
A Princess of Mars
, the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom stories published in 1917, it sees Confederate Civil War veteran Carter (pretty-boy Taylor Kitsch from TV's
Friday Night Lights
) transported to Mars. Once there, he discovers superhuman strength and the hero inside himself; rescuing a feisty princess (Lynn Collins) from a marriage arranged to ease a ceasefire between two Martian races, and leading the Thark warriors against the evil Warhoons. Taken at face value, its self-evidently old-fashioned, earnest,
approach provides harmless, family-friendly fun - more
Jason and the Argonauts
. Its plot is thin, and director Andrew Stanton (
) seems out of sorts with live actors, but there is action aplenty and a very funny CGI dog creature called Woola.
An American Civil War soldier is transported to an alien planet, which is also being torn apart by conflict. He intercedes in this struggle after rescuing a princess from captivity, and must win the trust of a fierce primitive tribe to save the world. Fantasy adventure based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' series of novels, starring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins.
Cast & Crew
Thomas Haden Church
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edited for violence.
DVD and Blu-ray
9 Mar 2012
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