Princess of Mars
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This film is pretty incompetently made. The shots are weak, the editing is poor, and the acting is very stiff. It does, however, provide an interesting adaptation of "Princess of Mars," considering that a 200+ page novel with a lighting quick pace was slimmed down to 90 minutes with a shoestring budget. They did a good job picking a choosing which story elements to focus on and which to cut out. The also did a decent job stringing all of these together in the plot (I hesitate to call it a "story"). It does not feel as if scenes are missing from the flim, like in some of the "Harry Potter" films where scenes from the novels are kept to appease the fans, but crucial setup FOR that scene is omitted. The addition of spiders is somewhat confounding, though...
What works particularly well is the integration of the air pumping station, which I feel is weak and disjointed in the novel. In the book, John Carter stumbles upon it when he escapes from the Green Martians, and later it also serves as a strange, second climax at the end of the book. The scene is totally disjointed and literally takes place 10 years after the rest of the central conflict. In this adaptation, the station serves a more central role in the plot and the central conflict is resolved here. I think the best touch in this adaptation is the distrust the Tharks have of the station. The Tharks think it is a lie when the Red Martians say all life Barsoom depends on this air pumping station; a lie told only to hold power over the Tharks. I like that spin on the source material.Read more ›
If you like B-Class sci/fi fantasies with bad special effects, which normally I do find amusing, you might like it. Me, I am an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan and would love to see movies that followed the books in their truest form.
We have the technology. James Cameron?
I rented this 'film' from Netflix, and didn't bother to check out who produced it beforehand. When the DVD arrived and I took it out of the sleeve and saw "The Asylum" on the disc, I knew I was in for a crapfest. I would wager every penny I own and ever will own that those guys just are simply not capable of making a real movie. You know, with a coherent plot, decent acting, and at least semi-convincing special effects. Nope, instead, The Asylum specializes in rip-offs of better-known box-office hits, such schlock-fests as 'I Am Omega' and 'Transmorphers'. So yeah, as soon as I saw who made the film, my expectations were already non-existent.
After actually watching the movie (against my better judgement, but hey, I'm a glutton for punishment), my opinion hasn't changed one bit. In the 'making of' featurette, the director makes a big deal of how they did this film in only TWELVE DAYS!!!!1!! Uh, hate to break it to you dude, but maybe that's not something you should be proud of. Just because something is possible doesn't mean it's the best thing to do. I mean, I could run out into traffic instead of taking a couple of minutes more to cross at a crosswalk and maybe save myself a minute or two, but I could also get hit by a car.
And this movie IS a car-wreck. The story is a barely-coherent 'adaption' of the source material. It was a nice idea to update John Carter's back-story to the present day and make it more relevant to today's viewers, but the way it was done was laughably stupid. Without giving away anything (for those masochistic enough to subject themselves to watching it), the method by which Carter was sent to 'Mars' was never explained with any degree of sense.Read more ›
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Fun movie to watch but don't expect it to be Edgar Rice Burroughs in anything more than name and characters
2.5 out of 5.0
I actually thought Tracy Lords was better than Antonio Sabato. The one aspect of this movie that I did like was the atmosphere factory. Read more
This move is not John Carter of Mars . Its a cheezy version of the Princess of Mars. The first book in the series.Published 5 months ago by gary246
wow, oops I bought the wrong version! This one is interesting and ok, but the ending sucked.Published 6 months ago by s smalley