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Watch: Full New Trailer For 'John Carter' Brings A Bigger Bang To The Red Planet

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 1, 2011 at 12:16AM

While the first teaser trailer for Disney's very, very expensive "John Carter" was all atmosphere and mystery, with a release date fast approaching a $300 million price tag to justify, a brand new trailer has landed today at IGN and it's certainly ditching any pretense of being thoughtful. Though the use of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" (or a resonable facsimilie anyway) does its job of shorthanding the gravitas.
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While the first teaser trailer for Disney's very, very expensive "John Carter" was all atmosphere and mystery, with a release date fast approaching a $300 million price tag to justify, a brand new trailer has landed today at IGN and it's certainly ditching any pretense of being thoughtful. Though the use of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" (or a resonable facsimilie anyway) does its job of shorthanding the gravitas.

Certainly, the movie looks like it cost some serious money, but at least in this writer's opinion, it seems like a George Lucas world sci-fi epic crossed with "Dune." It feels like we've seen this sort of movie a zillion times before (the chained/prisoner monster fight was just spoofed earlier this year in "Your Highness"), and despite the impressive work on the ships and creatures, it's also oddly not very compelling. It's a lot of masses of CGI stuff, some growly one liners, with still no glimpse of a story except for something about a "new power" or whatever.

The movie marks the coming out of Taylor Kitsch, one of two tests he'll have in 2012 as a blockbuster leading man, fronting this movie and "Battleship." And here at least, he's confident and capable, and looks every bit the transplanted hero coming to kick ass. The rest of the cast is fine, if not particularly memorable, a bit of problem when it boasts thesps like Willem Dafoe (granted, he's been CGI-ed), Mark Strong (those eyes!), Bryan Cranston, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton and more.

So, will Disney have a franchise on its hands and will the very long development journey for "John Carter" be worth it? Or do we have another "Tron: Legacy" on our hands? Find out on when the Andrew Stanton directed film arrives on March 9, 2012.

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