2012’s John Carter is based on the sci-fi/fantasy novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs (also known for creating Tarzan) about Mars (or “Barsoom” as it is called in his books) and the Adventures of Civil War Soldier, John Carter, who is transported there u willingly and unknowingly, only to become the savior of the good people or Barsoom.
The books are a wild fantasy ride that tells the tales of the peoples of Mars and their fights against oppression and evil. So is the book – just not in as compelling a manner. It’s fun – just fluffy. There are interesting points and a very sexy Martian princess. There are battles that look good… Pretty vacant, but it’s fun
This is a fun story, and it looks gorgeous. I believe that if you haven’t read the original books, then you will most likely enjoy this movie. That said, if you are a fan of the Barsoom adventures, you may want to avoid this one.
Here is the trailer:
2011’s Exit Humanity is an interesting end of the world Zombie movie with a twist: it takes place just shortly after the American Civil War. The Zombie virus first appears at the end of the war when fallen soldiers start rising from the dead as black Eyed zombies. Skip ahead 6 years and we find our self in the kitchen of Edward Young, his wife dead from his gun after he arrived home to find she too had become one of the undead, and his young son nowhere to be found. After dealing with the remains of his wife, he goes off in search of his son. This trip is one of tragedy, and and quickly turns into a memorial March. Throw in a power mad general and his doctor who believes he can create a serum to fight the infection using human Guinea pigs in a NAZI like manner.
This movie is much better produced than I expected and the acting, while not great, and sometimes not believable, is passable. It’s an interesting look at a Zombie outbreak at an interesting time.
While I did like this movie, it is in desperate need of some serious edition: this movie needs to lose between 30 and 40 minutes for it`s length to match it’s content.
Easily found on Netflix if you’re looking for a fresh telling of a Zombie tale, check out the trailer below:
Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies (not to be confused with the theatrically released Abraham Lincoln Vampire Killer) was exactly what I thought it would be: A silly throw away horror/fantasy/alternate history piece of schlock.
The movie starts with Abraham as a boy, fighting some zombies with his father, who succumbs to the Zombie menace, leaving young Abraham to destroy those Zombies.
Cut to later day, the President, Abraham Lincoln discussing his need to address the troops and the nation at the location of the battle of Gettysburg (you know, “Four score and seven years ago…”), when he gets word that the Zombies he experienced as a boy have risen again. Knowing this menace from personal experience, Lincoln gathers a group of men together to go and capture a Confederate fort at the middle of the infection in an attempt to destroy those infected before the disease manages to spread to the rest of the already divided nation. Of course, Lincoln himself, the Commander in Chief, must lead that small group himself. That group includes John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s future assasin. Along the waythey run into Sonewall Jackson and a young Teddy Roosevelt.
This silly piece of movie is not great in any way… But actually managed to be better than I expected. It’s not the worse thing I’ve seen by a long shot. If you are looking for a completely silly (but not funny) movie, then this might be for you. I watched it on Netflix, so I didn’t pay much for it – and that is a good thing. I’ve also seen this disc at Wal-Mart in the cheap bins so it’s not hard to find, if you find it necessary to watch. Check out the trailer to see if it appeals to you.
Here’s the Trailer: