John Carter, a 2012 science fiction action film, takes us on extraterrestrial quest to the foreign planet of Mars. Author Edgar Rice Burrows first dreamt the idea behind the film in 1917 when he published A Princess of Mars, later finishing the series titled Barsoom with 11 different titles. Almost a hundred years later, his vision hits the silver screen.
John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), the story’s main protagonist, is a former American Civil War Confederate Army captain. Knowing nothing of the red planet in the time period, when he is mysteriously transported to the gaseous planet, he is met with hostility and anger by its confused locals.
Basoom, as the brutish inhabitants call it, is in danger of disappearing altogether, as its lack of water and atmosphere threatens the very existence of its people. Carter’s goal is to help align the interests of the people to create a peaceful alliance, if indeed there is any hope for the desolate planet to live on.
Directed by Andrew Stanton, who will be directing his first live action film after working with Pixar hits such as Finding Nemo (2003) and WALL-E (2008), John Carter is set to premiere this weekend. With the success of Avatar (2009) a few years behind us, American audiences have been itching for an interplanetary adventure of massive proportions, and it seems Stanton may have delivered.