We’ve seen what seems like a fair amount of footage from John Carter already, between its various teasers, trailers and TV spots, but today we’ve got a somewhat longer two-and-a-half minute clip to show you — plus another two minutes from a new sizzle reel. The scene sees the titular hero (Taylor Kitsch) and Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) battling white apes in a huge arena, while the reel that includes some new bits we haven’t seen yet. Check it out after the jump.

The first part of the video is the arena scene, while the sizzle reel starts at about 2:44.


[via Comic Book Movie]

That looks… all right, I guess? My problem with the clip and the accompanying sizzle reel is that it doesn’t address John Carter‘s real issue: None of the marketing so far has done a good job of establishing exactly what this movie’s about beyond the vaguest, most generic terms, or why we should care what happens to any of its characters. These four and a half minutes do nothing to change that, unfortunately.

Moreover, the video doesn’t do justice to the one part of John Carter that does look strong — the visuals. Granted, that’s not really the movie’s fault, but whoever uploaded these scenes in low-res 360p instead of bright, beautiful HD really missed an opportunity to highlight one of the film’s most appealing qualities.

Directed by Andrew Stanton based on a classic sci-fi novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter opens March 9. As you can tell from the header image.

Synopsis:

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.

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