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"JOHN CARTER"
(2012) (Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Minor
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Mild
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-Fi: A Civil War veteran finds himself transported to Mars where he ends up in the middle of a battle for control of the planet.
PLOT:
It's 1881 and young Edgar Rice Burroughs (DARYL SABARA) learns that his uncle, John Carter (TAYLOR KITSCH), has died and left his estate to him. Reading through his uncle's journal, he learns of John's adventures 13 years earlier as a former Confederate cavalryman who, after run-ins with Colonel Powell (BRYAN CRANSTON) and the local Indian population of Arizona, ended up magically transported to Mars. Due to the lower degree of gravity there than on Earth, he's something of a Civil War version of Superman, possessing great strength and the ability to leap amazing distances.

That comes in handy when he encounters Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE), a Barsooman warrior and leader of his tribe of 12-foot tall, four-armed beings who try to avoid the more technologically advanced and humanlike warring parties that are destroying each other and the planet. The aggressor is the city nation of Zodanga, lead by Sab Than (DOMINIC WEST). He's been given a powerful weapon by the godlike Matai Shang (MARK STRONG) and has been wiping out other city nations, much to the dismay of Tardos Mors (CIARAN HINDS) who leads Helium, the last movable city still standing.

His adult daughter, Princess Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS), is willing to fight to the death and thus isn't happy that her father has agreed to an arranged marriage between her and Sab Than in hopes of that bringing about peace. She finds an unlikely ally in Carter who's also had to deal with becoming the property of Tars Tarkas' adult daughter, Sola (SAMANTHA MORTON), all while Tal Hajus (THOMAS HADEN CHURCH) is constantly challenging her father's rule.

As Matai Shang attempts to coordinate how everything will play out, John Carter tries to find his way back to Earth, but eventually realizes he must help Dejah Thoris defeat the Zodangans before it's too late and she becomes Sab Than's unwilling bride.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into sci-fi flicks and/or are fans of anyone in the cast (and maybe the source novels), it's possible they might be interested.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violence and action.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • TAYLOR KITSCH plays a Confederate cavalryman veteran who finds himself...


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