Well I picked it up on a dull Thursday afternoon and stuck it in the dvd player and was amazed from the beginning. I thought the relationship between the two brothers and Tim Robbins was great, I thought the acting was great, and the story was heading in the right direction.
I had to stop the movie and go to class during the middle of a fight against a defective robot and was now about 45 minutes into the movie...the robot looked awesome. I left for class actually excited about John turning John into a movie.
Later that night I re-watched all that I watched and saw the movie on a projector with almost a muted surround sound system at a friends house. I still thought the movie was good but something happened between the first watch and the second. Maybe it was the people I was watching it with or maybe I was tired...don't get me wrong, it was still good but it just wasn't near as great. I mean I was about to go out and buy the movie after watching it the first attempt. I guess things got a little childish or things kinda went a direction in the story that was kinda too easy. Regardless it was a pretty dang good movie and there still is a glimmer of hope for the John Carter franchise.