With John Carter a mere five days out from its theatrical opening, Disney is making one of the final pushes in an effort to try and make some coin off of their expensive gamble: A video containing what amounts to about the first ten minutes of the movie, a jarring start and time-consuming title at the end notwithstanding.

A strange idea at first blush, but the decision makes sense when you realize that John Carter‘s first ten minutes are being used to establish Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ world; what better way to get things going than pushing that out of the way? And what I saw of this footage sets up a nice conceit, wherein the story is introduced with the author himself (Daryl Sabara) reading an account from his uncle, who just so happens to be John Carter (Taylor Kitsch). Better yet, glancing through random spots gave some more good impressions, be it looks at Bryan Cranston, the handsome sets, or snatches of what sounds like another winning score from Michael Giacchino. The rest will have to wait for a movie theater.

Watch it below:

Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ work, the action adventure also stars Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe.


From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including 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 hands.

John Carter opens on March 9th.

Has this extended look convinced you to check out John Carter?

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