'Curiosity' Landing: 5 Fun Mars Movies
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This year's much-maligned action-adventure is nowhere near as bad as people like to believe, despite its poor box office reception. Based on the classic story by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs -- whose tales inspired such visionary filmmakers as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron -- John Carter casts Taylor Kitsch in the title role as a war-weary Civil War vet who is unexpectedly transported to the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom, aka Mars. There, Carter becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including the nine-foot, four-armed alien Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his mighty hands.
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