John Carter is an action/adventure science fiction thriller directed by Andrew Stanton in his live action feature debut. The plot is based upon a series of stories, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which started 100 years ago in 1912. The film marks the centennial of the character John Carter’s appearance, starring rising star Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and veteran actor Willem Dafoe.
The film revolves around the character of John Carter, a Civil War veteran for the Confederacy Army, who is suddenly transported away from the battle field on earth to Mars or “Barsoom” (as called by its inhabitants). At Barsoom, Carter is called to save their dying world from death and destruction caused by an evil race called the Therns. In order to accomplish his task, Carter allies with Dejah Thoris (played by Lynn Collins), the princess of a city state known as Helium, and Tars Tarkas, the leader of a race called the Tharks. Throughout the film, Carter encounters numerous enemies from different places and races during the course of his journey in his new found world.
The character John Carter can be viewed as a Jesus-like figure as he arrives into the world of Barssom in order to save it’s people, similar to Jesus Christ, who entered our world to save mankind from sin and damnation. Upon his arrival, Carter demonstrates many great fleets in combat which allows him to win the approval of the inhabitants of the city, as they see him as a savior of their race. This theme directly correlates to the story of the gospels, where we read that Jesus gained followers and disciples through his many miracles and teachings on the Earth.
Another character that I feel is important to mention is Matai Shang (played by Mark Strong), the leader of a mysterious and enigmatic race known as the Therns. Matai Shang describes his race as the overseers of the rise and destruction of the Barsoom civilization, which is led by his belief that the violence in the land is a result of a natural course of events that was destined to happen. In a sense, the Therns can be viewed as the same agents of sin that are secretly controlling our lives, and ultimately seeking to destroy us all.
In closing, I would say this is a film that I believe many people, including young children, will enjoy. The film contains a great gospel message that can be great for starting gospel conversations with families and friends.
Get lost in one world, to be found in another in the movie John Carter.