John Carter

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JOHN Carter, a fantastical battle beyond the stars based on the novel A Princess Of Mars, is in cinemas.

Young Edgar Rice Burroughs is summoned to the home of his beloved uncle and former Confederate soldier John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who has perished in mysterious circumstances.

Leafing through Carter’s cherished journal, Burroughs learns that his uncle sought sanctuary from Apaches in a cave and was magically transported to the Red Planet.

There, Carter was captured by the Tharks, a savage race of 15ft green warriors with tusks protruding from their mouths, who live in the deserts of Barsoom – the alien word for Mars.

Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and his plucky daughter Sola (Samantha Morton) attempted to protect Carter from power-hungry rivals Tal Hajus and Sarkoja.

Meanwhile, Matai Shang, the leader of the Holy Therns, took charge of the planet’s destiny by orchestrating the marriage of Prince Sab Than of Zodanga and Princess Dejah Thoris of the besieged city of Helium.

The spunky princess raged against the arranged nuptials, despite the pleadings of her father (Ciaran Hinds), and when Dejah captured a glimpse of Carter’s rippling chest, her rebellion intensified.

John Carter is showing at the Odeon Kettering in 3D at 2pm, 3pm, 6pm, 8pm and 9pm and in 2D at 5pm today.