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Conan the Barbarian (2011)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 36,559 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 19 August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 113 min
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Conan the Barbarian (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Conan the Barbarian (2011)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 36,559 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 19 August 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Filming Location: Bistriza, Bulgaria
  • Budget: $70,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $21,270,904(USA)(2 October 2011)
  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Stars: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan
  • Original Music By: Tyler Bates   
  • Sound Mix: DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Warrior | Battle | Murder | Hand To Hand Combat | Rite Of Passage

Writing Credits By:

  • Thomas Dean Donnelly (written by) &
  • Joshua Oppenheimer (written by) and
  • Sean Hood (written by)
  • Robert E. Howard (character of Conan)

Known Trivia

  • Brett Ratner was originally attached to direct before being replaced by Marcus Nispel.
  • Kellan Lutz and Jared Padalecki were considered for the lead, but the role went to Jason Momoa.
  • Dolph Lundgren, then Mickey Rourke were in talks to play Corin, Conan’s father, but Rourke turned it down to do Immortals before Ron Perlman was cast.
  • Ron Perlman, who plays Conan’s father Corin, previously voiced Conan himself in the video game Conan and the unreleased animated film Conan: Red Nails.

Goofs: Continuity: During the chase scene when Tamara flees the temple, Conan's sword repeatedly disappears and reappears in between shots as he pursues Remo.

Plot: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. Full summary »  »

Story: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: During the Hyborean Age, a group of sorcerers from Acheron created a mask from the skulls of dead kings and sacrificed their pure blood daughters to the dark gods in order to give the mask the power to subjugate the entire world. After killing countless people in their campaign to conquer the planet, the sorcerers were defeated by the Cimmerians led by Corin (Ron Perlman), who destroys the mask, scattering the pieces across the land, and keeping one for himself.

Years later, the Cimmerians are at war with a rival clan. Corin’s pregnant wife is fatally injured in the battle, but is able to give birth to a son, Conan, before succumbing to her injuries. Conan’s birth on a battlefield, and subsequent survival, is considered to be a powerful omen.

As an adolescent, Conan (Leo Howard) becomes a fierce, but unfocused, warrior. Corin takes the boy to his foundry and teaches him the Riddle of Steel. Conan insists that he is ready to wield his own sword, but Corin reminds him that once a blade has been forged, it must still be tempered before it can be wielded. Not long after, village are attacked by armored warriors, sporting a symbol of a large, two headed serpent. The leader, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), confronts Corin, demanding his piece of the Mask. When Corin refuses, he is restrained and tortured. Conan, in an angry moment of defiance, attacks one of the warriors, Lucius (Steven O'Donnell), maiming him in the process. After recovering the piece of the mask, Zym has Conan and Corin chained to a pole, a cauldron of molten metal hanging precariously above them, then sets fire to the foundry. Corin sacrifices himself to enable Conan to escape.

Twenty years later, Conan (Jason Momoa) is a mercenary, working with a Zamoran pirate named Artus (Nonso Anozie). The two men raid a slave camp and take the survivors to the city of Messianta. The snake cult has grown in size over the last decade, and they have a small garrison in the city. Conan sees Lucius, now an out of shape warden, pursuing a pickpocket, Ela-Shan (Saïd Taghmaoui), and allows himself to be arrested in a bid to learn more about his enemy. Conan soon escapes prison and tortures Lucius for information about Zym and the snake cult. After Conan promises to spare him, Lucius reveals that Zym is seeking the pure blood descendant of the sorcerers of Acheron, as it will take their blood to unlock the Mask’s true power. Satisfied that he has gotten all he can out of Lucius, Conan leaves him at the mercy of the liberated prisoners. Ela-Shan tells Conan that, if he ever needs him, Conan will find him at Arlagon, the City of Thieves.

Meanwhile, Zym and his daughter, Marique (Rose McGowan), attack a monastery where they believe the Pureblood is. Sensing something is wrong, the elder priest Fassir (Raad Rawi) instructs one of his students, Tamara (Rachel Nichols), to flee to her birthplace, then confronts Zym to buy time for her to escape. Zym recounts how his wife, Maliva, was murdered by Fassir’s order. Fassir defends this decision, insisting that Maliva was an insane fanatic who was attempting to unleash occult forces to destroy Hyborea. Enraged by Fassir’s defiance, Zym kills him by smashing his head against the marble steps. Marique realizes that the Pureblood is not among them.

Tamara’s carriage comes under attack by snake cult warriors. Conan comes to her rescue, after a spirited chase, eventually captures their captain, Remo (Milton Welsh). After forcing Remo to reveal Tamara’s importance, Conan kills him by catapulting him into Zym’s camp.

Armed with the knowledge of Tamara’s importance, and confident that Zym will not recognize him, Conan masquerades as a bounty hunter, claiming to sell Tamara to Zym for a substantial sum of gold. Once he is satisfied that Zym and Marique have come alone, Conan reveals his true intentions, prompting him to cross swords. Conan and Zym first seem to be nearly evenly matched, but Conan’s rage gives him the upper hand. Marique saves her father by invoking soldiers made of sand and then poisoning Conan with a poison-laced boomerang sword. Tamara rescues him and they return to Artus’ boat, stationed nearby, where Artus helps Conan recover.The boat is attacked by the snake cult, who kill several of the crew, though are ultimately repulsed. Conan orders Artus to return to Messiana with Tamara and departs to confront Zym in his kingdom. Artus tells Tamara that Conan left a map behind and she follows him, meeting with him in a cave, where they make love. The next day, as she’s returning to the boat to join Artus so they can sail away, she’s captured by snake cult.

Remembering Ela-Shan’s earlier promise, Conan travels to Argalon and hires Shan to help him sneak into Zym’s fortress. They discover that beneath the fortress is an old mine, and this is where Zym and Marique plan to sacrifice Tamara, Conan enters through an undersea cave, where he fights a giant multi-tendriled serpent. Proceeding further down the mine, Conan disrupts the sacrifice and frees Tamara, but Zym has collected enough of Tamara’s blood to restore the Mask to suboptimal strength. Zym dons the mask, claiming to be invincible, and proceeds to fight Conan again. The battle inadvertantly triggers an earthquake, killing most of Zym’s followers and rendering the mine unstable. Conan frees Tamara and tells her to run. However, she is followed by Marique. Conan hears Tamara’s screams, and kills Marique by throwing her down a mine shaft. As the mine continues to crumble, Conan and Tamara attempt to find an alternate way way out, with an enraged Zym in hot pursuit. Conan and Tamara eventually make their way to an unstable rope bridge, precariously above a massive canyon. As they cross the bridge, a support beam under Tamara gives way, causing her to nearly fall. As Conan attempts to save her before the bridge gives way, they are cornered by Zym, who uses the Mask’s power to summon Maliva’s spirit. In an act of defiance, Conan proceeds to destroy the bridge supports with his sword, before jumping to safety with Tamara. The bridge collapses, and Zym falls to his death.

With the snake cult destroyed, Conan returns Tamara to her birthplace, telling her that they’ll meet again. He then returns to his old village and tells his father that he has avenged his death and recovered the sword Zym stole from him, before departing in search of new pursuits.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Baldecchi known as producer
  • Boaz Davidson known as producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • George Furla known as executive producer
  • Joe Gatta known as producer
  • Eda Kowan known as executive producer
  • Avi Lerner known as producer
  • Danny Lerner known as producer
  • Fredrik Malmberg known as producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • Les Weldon known as producer
  • Henry Winterstern known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Momoa known as Conan
  • Stephen Lang known as Khalar Zym
  • Rachel Nichols known as Tamara
  • Ron Perlman known as Corin
  • Rose McGowan known as Marique
  • Bob Sapp known as Ukafa
  • Leo Howard known as Young Conan
  • Steven O'Donnell known as Lucius
  • Nonso Anozie known as Artus
  • Raad Rawi known as Fassir
  • Laila Rouass known as Fialla
  • Saïd Taghmaoui known as Ela-Shan
  • Milton Welsh known as Remo
  • Borislav Iliev known as Wild Man
  • Nathan Jones known as Akhun
  • Diana Lyubenova known as Cheren (as Diana Lubenova)
  • Alina Puscau known as Lara
  • Yoan Karamfilov known as Donal (as Ioan Karamfilov)
  • Raicho Vasilev known as City Guard #1
  • Stanimir Stamatov known as City Guard #2
  • Nikolay Stanoev known as Lieutenant (as Nikolai Stanoev)
  • Ivana Staneva known as Young Marique
  • Zlatka Raikova known as Slavegirl #2
  • Anton Trendafilov known as Xaltotun
  • Aysun Aptulova known as Sacrificial Victim
  • Daniel Rashev known as Acolyte Priest
  • Jackson Spidell known as Pict #2
  • Guillermo Grispo known as Pict #3 (as Guilermo Grispo)
  • Radoslav Parvanov known as Pict #4
  • Teodora Duhovnikova known as Nun (Student #1)
  • Shelly Varod known as Nun (Student #2)
  • Tezdjan Ahmedova known as Nun
  • Uliana Vin known as Nun
  • Yoanna Temelkova known as Nun (as Yoana Temelkova)
  • Nadia Konakchieva known as Nun
  • Petya Mlluseva known as Nun
  • Ruslana Kaneva known as Nun
  • Gloria Petkova known as Nun
  • Zdravka Krastenyakova known as Nun
  • Stanislav Pishtalov known as Cimmerian Elder – Uran
  • Velimer Velev known as Prison Clerk
  • Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov known as Monk
  • Eric Laciste known as Monk
  • Brian Andrew Mendoza known as Monk
  • Kim Do known as Monk
  • Bashar Rahal known as Quarter Master
  • Gisella Marengo known as Maliva
  • Yoana Petrova known as Young Marique
  • Vladimir Vladimirov known as Den Barman
  • Sam Hargrave known as Horse Warrior (as Samuel Hargrave)
  • Katarzyna Wolejnio known as Valeria
  • David Mason Chlopecki known as Pirate
  • Alexandrina Vladova known as Belly Dancer
  • Guerguina Ilieva known as Belly Dancer
  • Stefka Berova known as Mama
  • Vangelitsa Karadjova known as Topless Wench
  • Blagovesta Cakova known as Topless Wench
  • Svetlana Vasileva known as Topless Wench
  • Zornitsa Stoicheva known as Topless Wench
  • Zhenia Zheleva known as Topless Wench
  • Nikol Vasileva known as Topless Wench
  • Adriana Kalcheva known as Topless Wench
  • Morgan Freeman known as Narrator
  • Zlateto Keremedchieva known as Topless Wench (uncredited)
  • Raw Leiba known as Rexor (uncredited)
  • Radka Petkova known as Archer (uncredited)
  • Paul Stefanov known as Cimmerian boy (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Tony Acosta Jr. known as makeup effects technician
  • Angela Angelova known as assistant makeup artist
  • Daniela Avramova known as makeup artist: Rachel Nichols
  • Patrick Baxter known as special makeup effects artist
  • Brian Blair known as makeup artist
  • Kevin Carter known as special effects contact lenses
  • Ioana Cristescu known as assistant makeup artist
  • Santoro Domingo known as assistant hair stylist
  • C.J. Goldman known as key special effects makeup
  • Sofi Hvarleva known as makeup artist
  • Milen Ivanov known as additional hair stylist
  • Ivon Ivanova known as makeup artist
  • Jamie Kelman known as makeup artist
  • Zoran Kocov known as makeup artist
  • Milena Manolova known as background makeup artist
  • Clayton Martinez known as makeup effects technician
  • Snejina Merdganova known as makeup artist
  • Joseph C. Pepe known as character concept illustrator
  • Marco Perna known as key hair stylist
  • Aldo Signoretti known as hair and wig designer
  • Petya Simeonova known as makeup artist
  • Shaun Smith known as makeup and special makeup effects supervisor
  • Dave Snyder known as key makeup
  • Dimitrina Stoyanova known as hair stylist
  • Yana Stoyanova known as makeup artist
  • Vasit Suchitta known as life casting
  • Nina Tzoncheva known as additional hair stylist
  • Luca Vannella known as hair coordinator
  • Greta Velikova known as makeup artist
  • Mariana Vodenicharova known as makeup artist (as Mimi Vodenicharova)
  • Elitsa Vutova known as hair department coordinator
  • Scott Wheeler known as makeup and special makeup effects supervisor
  • Elena Zhekova known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Pavel Bayraktarski known as concept artist
  • Bogdan Bogdanov known as carpenter
  • Willie Botha known as animatronics and special props
  • Marc'Antonio Brandolini known as set designer
  • Dirk Buchmann known as property master
  • Dylan Cole known as concept artist
  • Christian Cordella known as storyboard artist
  • Nikolai Dikov known as set dresser
  • Svetozar Doichev known as sculptor
  • Maria Doicheva known as painter
  • Stoyan Doychev known as labourer
  • Mario Draganov known as assistant buyer
  • Kimberley Fahey known as assistant set decorator
  • Georgi Georgiev known as concepts artist
  • Orlin Grozdanov known as greenery man
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator
  • Ivo Ivanov known as carpenter
  • Rositsa Ivanova known as assistant to head prop maker
  • Aaron Jordan known as head sculptor
  • Daniela Koeva known as construction coordinator
  • Barry Kootchin known as head scenic artist
  • Mark Moretti known as storyboard artist
  • Kolio Nachev known as painter
  • Axel Nicolet known as construction coordinator
  • Irena Nikolich known as painter
  • Ivailo Nikolov known as set designer
  • Dimiter Petkov known as painter
  • Vladimir Petkov known as carpenter
  • Vlado Popov known as painter
  • Peter Rakovski known as lead stand-by props
  • Ivan Ranghelov known as assistant art director
  • Stefan Razlojki known as weapons master
  • Guy Roland known as lead set dresser
  • Sonya Savova known as set designer
  • Brian Shell known as construction coordinator
  • Emil Shmidt known as assistant set decorator
  • Christopher Shy known as visual consultant
  • Eleonora Slavkova known as painter
  • Rosen Stefanov known as leadman: set dressing
  • Stefan Tassev known as carpenter
  • Billy Thomson known as assistant art director
  • Simon Todorov known as props maker assistant
  • Arta Tozzi known as assistant set decorator
  • Alessandro Troso known as set designer
  • Peter Tsenov known as assistant painter
  • Konstantin Vitkov known as concept art
  • Konstantin Vitkov known as storyboard artist
  • Mark Alan Yates known as storyboard artist
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as construction manager




Production Companies:

  • Nu Image Films
  • Millennium Films
  • Paradox Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Reliance MediaWorks  post-production
  • Comerica Entertainment Group  production financing
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)  package by
  • De Lane Lea  adr recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Gener8 3D  post-production
  • Identity Studios  post-production
  • Pierce Law Group  additional legal services (child labor law advisors)
  • Stereo International  post-production
  • Talent Partners Casting  extras casting
  • Vantage Film  additional camera equipment
  • Warner Bros. Records  soundtrack
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services
  • yU+Co.  titles and opticals


  • Nu Image Films (2010) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Millennium Films (2010) (Non-USA) (all media)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • E Stars Films (2012) (China) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • MVP Entertainment (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Maple Pictures (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Pioneer Films (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2011) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2012) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Aurum Producciones (2011) (Spain) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2011) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (limited edition)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Midget Entertainment (2011) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2011) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Odeon (2011) (Greece) (all media)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2011) (Hungary) (all media)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Dr. PICTURE Studios (digital visual effects)
  • 3D LIveflix (3D stereo conversion)
  • 3D Liveflix (3D stereo conversion)
  • Arcadia SFX
  • Crazy Horse Effects (visual effects)
  • Plowman Craven & Associates
  • Proof
  • Rocket Science 3D (3D stereo conversion)
  • Third Floor, The (previsualization)
  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Vipin Agrawal known as training & artist development
  • Sean Ahmed known as stereoscopic compositor: Rocket Science 3D
  • Anjel Alcaraz known as stereo artist
  • Sofia Aleksieva known as colorist
  • Stuart Allan known as visual effects artist
  • Kiril Altakov known as matchmove artist
  • Kiril Altakov known as rotoscope artist
  • Dane Anderson known as technician
  • David Anderson known as stereo artist
  • Jill French Anderson known as digital compositor
  • Maura Anderson known as visual effects production manager
  • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital compositor
  • Kantardjiev Anton known as rotoscope artist
  • Sabrina Arnold known as stereo vfx producer
  • Javor Asenov known as digital compositor
  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Aaron Askew known as animator
  • Andrew Astengo known as stereo artist: Legend 3D
  • Wardley Ataop known as stereo production assistant
  • Melissa Austria known as stereo production supervisor
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as technical support engineer
  • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor
  • Yogesh Badhe known as digital compositor
  • Tony Baldridge known as stereoscopic visual effects
  • Melina Bast known as stereoscopic conversion: Rocket Science 3D
  • Bradley M. Baxter known as vfx lead artist
  • Pavel Bayraktarski known as visual effects designer
  • Paul F. Becker known as stereoscopic producer
  • Stuart Becker known as stereoscopic conversion lead
  • Stephanie Bell known as compositing coordinator
  • Frank Benton known as stereoscopic production manager
  • Ádám Besenyõi known as rotoscope artist
  • Melissa Best known as conversion lead: Conversion Works
  • Sachin Bhanushali known as stereo conversion line producer
  • Prakash Bhoir known as senior compositor
  • Abo Biglarpour known as lead digital compositor: Bit Theory, Inc.
  • Jonathan Bird known as lead rotoscope artist
  • Allen L. Bolden known as lead digital compositor/supervisor: Bit Theory, Inc.
  • Emilia Borisova known as visual effects artist
  • Giselle Borromeo known as technician
  • Maria Boyuklieva known as compositor
  • Erik Bratlien known as stereo artist
  • John Brizzi known as technical support
  • J. Brown known as technician
  • Melanie Callaghan known as on-set visual effects production coordinator
  • Sean Callahan known as stereo artist
  • Huseyin Caner known as technical manager
  • Simon Carr known as visual effects
  • Brandon Castor known as visual effects technical director: Rocket Science 3D
  • Justin Castor known as production assistant: Rocket Science 3D
  • Laura Castor known as visual effects production assistant: Rocket Science 3D
  • Stephen Castor known as stereoscopic producer: Rocket Science 3D
  • Giacomo Cavalletti known as environment modeler
  • Gabe Cervantes known as stereo artist
  • Juan Antonio Chacon known as rotoscope artist
  • Martina Chakarova known as project coordinator
  • Ashish Chandok known as senior paint artist
  • Galina Chaneva known as digital compositor
  • Christopher Chen known as 3D conversion assets producer
  • Tim Chou known as stereoscopic conversion
  • Mei Chu known as rotoscope artist
  • Ryan Cleveland known as stereo artist
  • Joshua E. Cohen known as visual effects
  • Dylan Cole known as virtual environment supervisor
  • Brett Comer known as visual effects
  • Cedar Connor known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Chris M. Cooper known as digital compositor
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Kevin Crandell known as visual effects editor: Legend 3D
  • Alexandre Daigle known as visual effects network administrator supervisor
  • Robert Nicholas Dauphinais known as digital compositor
  • Abhijit De known as lighting & modeling
  • Kevin Del Colle known as digital film scanner
  • Elton deLeon known as visual effects
  • Giancarlo Derchie known as lead compositor
  • Beth Dewhirst known as stereo production coordinator: Gener8
  • Amit Dhawal known as visual effects
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as digital artist
  • Rumiana Dimitrova known as digital compositor
  • Alexander Dimov known as visual effects
  • Ivelina Dobreva known as digital compositor
  • Daniel Donchov known as visual effects technical support staff
  • Stanislav Draganov known as visual effects
  • Stanislav Dragiev known as compositing supervisor
  • Tom Driscoll known as visual effects editor
  • Florence Dubin known as digital matte painter
  • Louis Dunlevy known as visual effects artist
  • David Emeny known as digital compositor
  • Dusty Emerson known as lead artist
  • Duane Eues known as lead stereo artist
  • Brenda Finster known as visual effects coordinator
  • Ashley Forbito known as digital compositor: Bit Theory, Inc.
  • Ron Frankel known as visualization supervisor: Proof, Inc.
  • Urs Franzen known as stereoscopic visual effects consultant
  • Angus Funkhouser known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Gachev known as visual effects supervisor: Worldwide FX
  • Vasil Galabov known as visual effects coordinator
  • Kremena Ganeva known as digital compositor
  • Anthony Garcia known as roto/paint artist
  • Joshua Garza known as visual effects artist
  • Georgi Gavanozov known as digital artist
  • Hristo Gebrev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Dobri Georgiev known as vfx sequence supervisor: WWFX
  • Georgi Georgiev known as matte painter
  • Kiril Georgiev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Martin Georgiev known as rotoscope artist
  • Kristina Georgieva known as visual effects artist
  • Veselina Georgieva known as vfx sequence supervisor: WWFX
  • Adam Ghering known as stereoscopic compositing supervisor: Legend 3D
  • Mike Gibilisco known as stereoscopic producer
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
  • James Going known as visual effects
  • Holly Gosnell known as visual effects set supervisor
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects
  • John B. Gray known as digital compositor
  • Ivan Grozev known as digital compositor
  • Nathan Grubbs known as lead compositing artist
  • Indraneel Guha known as visual effects
  • Metin Gungor known as digital matte painting supervisor
  • Robert Guzman known as stereo artist
  • Danail Hadzhiyski known as visual effects supervisor
  • Miles Hall known as stereo artist
  • Mara Hamilton known as visual effects producer: stereos conversion
  • Errol Hanse known as digital compositor
  • Tracy Harnell known as production coordinator: Stereo International
  • Brandt Harris known as 3d artist
  • Kevin Tod Haug known as visual effects shoot supervisor
  • Jack Hebert known as lead visual effects artist
  • Kimberly Henry known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Chad Herrada known as visual effects artist
  • Nick Hiatt known as matte painter
  • Steve Hickman known as senior modeller
  • Travis Hoecker known as asset technician: Legend 3D
  • Anish Holla known as render wrangler/render support
  • Mike Hopkinson known as stereo artist
  • Thomas M. Horton known as visual effects producer
  • Darren Horwege known as data management
  • Travis Howe known as I/O coordinator
  • Dobromir Hristov known as digital compositor
  • Milena Hristova known as digital compositor
  • Nick Hsieh known as compositing supervisor
  • Pei-Zhi Huang known as effects technical director: Base Fx
  • Dave Hudson known as visual effects artist
  • Lucas Hull known as digital compositor
  • Jill Hunt known as stereographer
  • Ilamuruguselvan known as digital compositor
  • Paul Ingegneri known as stereo compositor
  • David Ireland known as stereo artist: Legend 3D
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as simulation artist
  • Ivelin Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Tsvetan Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Evan Jacobs known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Sheldon Jafine known as matchmove technical director: Rocket Science 3D
  • Matthew S. Jennings known as quality control
  • Matthew S. Jennings known as visual effects coordinator
  • Avnish Jha known as texturing artist
  • Milen Jiliazkov known as digital compositor
  • Brandon Tyler Johnston known as visual effects artist
  • Sushil Kalyanshetti known as compositor
  • Jose Julian Karam Lopez known as digital compositor
  • Sandro Kath known as stereoscopic consultant
  • Corey Katz known as technical director: Rocket Science 3D
  • Zoe Katz known as production assistant: Rocket Science 3D
  • Matthew Kemper known as lead stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D
  • Delyan Ketipov known as lead compositing artist
  • Tushar Kewlani known as cg supervisor
  • Drew King known as vfx
  • Lyubomir Kirkov known as visual effects
  • Rumen Kirov known as visual effects
  • Adam Klein known as CG supervisor: SHV
  • Ruslana Kojouharova known as tracking / layout artist
  • Nikolay Kolev known as digital compositor
  • Stanislav Kolev known as lead compositor
  • Keith Kolod known as stereoscopic compositor
  • Ivo Konsulov known as digital artist
  • Dragomir Kostadinov known as matte painter
  • Kalina Krasteva known as visual effects coordinator
  • Zornitsa Krasteva known as colorist
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  • Yatin Vij known as stereographic production manager
  • Joseph Villa known as stereo compositor
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  • Nancy Wang known as editorial manager
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  • Judy Webster known as visual effects coordinator: Crazy Horse Effects
  • Friend Michael Wells known as supervising visual effects producer
  • Aaron Williams known as lead stereo artist
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  • Eddy Wolfson known as stereo compositor
  • Jonathan Wright known as lead stereo artist
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  • Yan Zhou known as matchmoving supervisor: 3D conversion China
  • Sreyans Bardia known as visual effects producer: Botvfx (uncredited)
  • Adam J. Dunn known as stereoscopic compositor (uncredited)
  • Hetal Jain known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Rajavel Loganathan known as lead roto artist (uncredited)
  • John Perrigo known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Stephen H. Porter known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Srikanth known as lead paint artist: Botvfx (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • UK 14 August 2011 (European Premiere)
  • Belgium 17 August 2011
  • France 17 August 2011
  • Iceland 17 August 2011
  • Philippines 17 August 2011
  • Armenia 18 August 2011
  • Australia 18 August 2011
  • Denmark 18 August 2011
  • Israel 18 August 2011
  • Italy 18 August 2011
  • Russia 18 August 2011
  • Singapore 18 August 2011
  • Canada 19 August 2011
  • Estonia 19 August 2011
  • Lithuania 19 August 2011
  • Norway 19 August 2011
  • Poland 19 August 2011
  • Spain 19 August 2011
  • Sweden 19 August 2011
  • USA 19 August 2011
  • Switzerland 24 August 2011 (French speaking region)
  • UK 24 August 2011
  • Greece 25 August 2011
  • Portugal 25 August 2011
  • Bulgaria 26 August 2011
  • Finland 26 August 2011
  • Ireland 26 August 2011
  • Pakistan 31 August 2011
  • Hungary 1 September 2011
  • Germany 8 September 2011
  • Netherlands 8 September 2011
  • Mexico 9 September 2011
  • Switzerland 9 September 2011 (German speaking region)
  • Indonesia 15 September 2011
  • Kuwait 15 September 2011
  • Brazil 16 September 2011
  • Argentina 29 September 2011
  • Paraguay 29 September 2011
  • Turkey 21 October 2011
  • Chile 3 November 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. wordmonkey from San Francisco, Ca.
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    Director Marcus Nispel is undoubtedly the long-lost offspring of trashmaster and fellow German, Uwe Boll, as this film is so profoundly awfulon every level that it's hard to think that it wasn't intentionallymade this way.

    Remarkably, the movie gets bad immediately and stays that way. One ofits most jarring aspects is that it begins with Morgan Freeman'snarration, which sounds so utterly out of place, with his comforting,slightly Southern drawl the total opposite of everything bloody andCimmerian, that it instantly comes across like self-parody, as if wewere seeing some schticky Mel Brooks interpretation after the fact.This ham-handed disregard for appropriate tone haunts every frame ofthe film.

    The story fails to find the real Conan — who in Robert E. Howard'sstories is a smart, tough, brutal survivor — and instead seems toreveal to us the underwhelming idea that Conan's just another hunkysword dude with a knack for slaughter.

    The script inconsistently sticks to any epic poetic flair in thedialog, so that when such words are delivered, they feel forced andflat. The noted line "I live, I love, I slay, and I am content," ismeted out with such lack of panache or feeling that I wanted to washout Jason Momoa's mouth with soap, right after forcing him to watchSchwarzenegger — not a great actor, by any means — deliver theunforgettable tagline: "To crush your enemies, drive them before you,and to hear the lamentation of their women." But then again, JohnMilius bothered to direct his actors.

    Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch of "Avatar") is the half-assed villainKhalar Zym, who inspires zero awe and no respect on his whatever questfor some supernatural thingy, which is such an afterthought that youconstantly forget about it. And post plastic-surgery Rose McGowan ashis witchy daughter Marique is so outrageously goth that you half-wishfor a Sisters of Mercy musical cue every time she steps on camera; ifonly her performance received the same attention as her over-the-topcostumes. Ron Perlman, as Conan's father, is simply wasted. Weep!

    I'm totally sick of the short-attention-span style of storytelling. Thefilmmakers are so afraid that if some big action sequence doesn't occurevery ten minutes, that we'll be bored; and of course, this quickly hasthe opposite effect, as we instead become bored from so much pointless,poorly shot and edited action unsupported by character or story. Videogames often have more character development than this film, and yes,I'm specifically thinking of the comparatively Shakespearean strugglesportrayed in Donkey Kong.

    I bestowed two stars on this flick, as the second is for unintentionalhilarity, of which the film has much. Its hyperbolic Hyboriancartoonishness makes you either wince or chuckle derisively. Hopefully,as many heads as roll on screen will also roll in Hollywood for thisabortive, dreadful garbage.

    Perhaps the noble Conan will someday get his proper due in a modernfilm. But not today.

  2. Sausage_Demon from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    First, I would like to say I love Howard's stories. I also like the 82film. So that this deviates from Howard a little (or a lot) isn'treally a bother to me.

    Now, before I get to the review I want to say to anyone out therestudying film (like myself) to watch this movie. It will prove to youthat no matter how much action, blood or one liners you squeeze into amovie, if the story and characterization are missing you don't have amovie.

    Without ANY disrespect, I would urge Mr. Nispel to do a film course, ashe clearly needs to learn story telling at its most basic. This is notan insult, this is advice, because I believe once he has a better graspon it, he will make a fine film maker.

    Conan the Barbarian is a summer movie. Sadly this also has becomesynonymous with stupid, bad movies. And this film doesn't escape that.Clearly this film had a lot of trouble, by the looks of it at theconceptual stage. The fact the Sean Hood had to rewrite on set provesthe material they had to work with was a disaster, and it shows.

    Donelley and Oppenheimer (forgive my spelling) did a poor job on thescript, if, what was shown in the final cut was more or less what theywrote. Mr. Hood's rewrites I heard were quite well received, but I alsohear they cut most of what he wrote out of the cinematic cut…

    This film, cursed with a poor script fails at even just anentertainment level. Sure, there is lots of action and fighting, butthere is no emotion behind it. I was actually bored half way through ofthe fighting and wanted some damn character scenes, of which there arenone of note. And that is another problem, after the first act (youngConan) nobody has any character. They walk around, kill or die and thatis all. Their motivations are given to us in a single line and that isall.

    The cast were good, but they had nothing to work with. The directingwas inconsistent, the mood was all over the place, at times it smelt ofa less fun Scorpion King with Artus and Elan-sha (I know I got thosenames wrong) being out of place "comic relief". Stephen Lang, as usualis good, but again, he has nothing to work with, so he stands and actsmean a lot.

    The one thing that really took me out of the world of the film, is thedialogue. Which lacks any sort of finesse, culture, period etc. Itsounds like modern speech… which is one thing it shouldn't soundlike. Imagine watching a Western where they all talk in modern Americanslang, that is what this dialogue felt like. It was dialogue you writein your first draft, then go back over and make it good…though itseems no one did in Conan.

    The film looked nice, I'll give it that. Some scenes were too brightand conflicted with the mood, but again, the mood changed as often asit would in an angst ridden teenager. The CGI wasn't bad, it wasn'tgreat but it was serviceable.

    The Dweller scene was pathetic. There was no choreography, set up toit, Momoa literally stood in one spot for most of it and did justducked around a lot. Clearly a complete failure in the directingdepartment for this scene which had no climax.

    Costume and wardrobe design was impressive. Lang's armour and get upwere nice, McGowan looked sexy in a freaky kind of way. So visually italmost always worked.

    Overall, I suggest seeing it if you are curious, it isn't the worstthing to happen to cinema by a long shot. But, with no story, at leastnone that is told in a coherent way, no character development ormotivation and no sense of culture or the world the characters(caricatures) inhabit it not only fails as a Conan movie, it fails as amovie. It fails as a coherent story told with moving pictures, itbreaks the very foundation of cinema's rules. It cannot engage anaudience, because there is nothing for us to care about. As a videogame, this would kick arse. As a movie, it falls on it.

  3. tj_director from North Wales, UK
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    I'd seen the original a long time ago.. but I still knew the generalidea of what to expect before going into this reboot.. an R-Ratedwarrior action film with slight elements of the supernatural that wasmore about entertainment value than high art, suffice it to say,suffice is probably too complicated a word for the audience this remakeis aimed at.

    I liked Momoa from Game of Thrones, he had the perfect physical qualityto portray a warrior, and despite being a character of few words hereally sold it for me, and as a result I really could see how he wasideal casting for Conan, he's a more rugged Dwayne Johnson.. but Istill feel Johnson has a lot of untapped potential to be one of thereal action stars of the decade along with Diesel and Statham.. butit's good to know Momoa is in line to join these guys.

    Back to the film… from the very first scene, you are basically toldthis movie is going to be over the top in a bad and very lazy way..apparently Conan is "battle born", in other words his father RonPerlman is surrounded by countless merciless foes, of which he takesdown a couple while screaming, and then he tends to his pregnant wife,akin to a scene from the recent Cowboys & Aliens, we are taught thatduring Hollywood battles you are allowed respite from the enemy if youenter an emotional two shot close up with a loved or cherished one, noone will dare attack you, it simply wouldn't be fair.. so yes amidstthe carnage Perlman and wife share some tender and distraught words,she wishes to see her son before she dies, and without even reallylooking he takes a nasty looking knife and performs the fastestC-section known to mankind, and voila.. he brings up a CGI baby.. themother looks on, smiles, then dies, Hellboy is highly moved by theseevents, so decides to perform a Lion King and holds the child aloft andscreams out loud, the camera pulls in beckoning the film's title toforce itself upon us.. this scene literally lasts 3-4 minutes.. andnone of the attacking savages notices it happening, or pays anyattention to the angry barbarian king screaming and holding a newbornbaby above his head.. As i said i came into this film willing to holdmy disbelief.. but seriously.. could this scene not have taken place ina hut or some other hidden shelter? Conan would still have been"battle-born", the first thing he tasted (like every child) would stillhave been his mother's blood, yet it would have been ten times moreintimate and moving, and hundred times more believable. I completelyunderstand this isn't meant to be highbrow, but there's no harm inadding just a slight bit of realism and genuine emotion to afundamental scene, It will only involve the audience more and at littleexpense to any of the tone. As a result of this scene, I never caredfor any character for any moment.. the film failed from its veryinception.

    If Lord of The Rings was Peter Jackson making love to the audience,Conan is him self pleasuring himself in a dirty motel room. From theMorgan Freeman LOTR rip off introductory montage, the whole film isdumb and completely forgettable, apart from the occasional cool move ina fight, every single action moment is a blurry fast motion mediumshot.. the failsafe of every director since Nolan decided to publiclyshowcase such laziness in Batman Begins.. it's pure laziness on everycount, move the camera fast, add some crunchy sound design and BOOM,you have an action scene.. what's the best fight scene of the lastdecade? Old Boy and the Hammer, and there isn't a single cut in that,or any fast camera move, it's just good old fashioned choreography andstunt acting.. the only good or partly original part in the whole filmis the sand soldier fight.. but even that is ultimately deemed moronicand pornographic, why doesn't the witch daughter use such powers orsummon up similar creatures at any other point in the film? like youknow.. say during the finale when all magic powers should have beenused, at all times. But obviously the film-makers realised that wouldhave put Conan at a big disadvantage, and caused too much of a headachefor them to solve.. I know just move the camera around a lot, and makeloads of quick edits and CGI blood splashes, it's the modern dayequivalent of a shiny object for rednecks.

    Even the DBOX programming was dumb and nonsensical. The film even hadan expert thief that could pick a lock with a custom made device,called a key!! oh i wish i didn't have a limit of 1000 words.. i'd do areal Conan on this film and rip it to shreds. Yet again a film withgreat production value ruined by moronic film-makers that think guiltypleasure means no need for creativity, and yet another film permitted astupid budget simply because the Conan name has brand recognition.

  4. intelearts from the big screen
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    Conan lacks myth – it truly lacks that sense of myth and wonder thatcreated a whole new genre, and it lacks cinematic vision, it lacks whatmakes film rather than TV, and while entertaining after a decade ofXena and Game of Thrones we deserve more than this in our big budgetmovies.

    Casting is fine, plot is a little dull, action is half-way to OK – it'sjust that overall there is nothing to really put life into this – whereis the wow! factor, the, yes this is film. Even if you're making a Bmovie it doesn't excuse it.

    In the right hands and the right team this could be storytelling at itsbest, instead we get a film that thrives on the cliché of its genre. Itmay have lots of sorcery, but it truly lacks magic.

  5. Andrew Columbia from New York, NY (AIIIC Reviews)
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    First of all, before I say anything about the movie I want people toknow a little bit about me. I went into this movie with an open mindwanting to see it anyway despite the horrid reviews it's been gettingfrom critics. (I generally tend to ignore the critics especially formovies that I personally think will be worth seeing in theaters) thetrailer looked pretty cool for this one, so I went in expecting at theleast an awesome super gory action flick. What I got was the totalopposite and a huge disappointment for me. The critics are right. Conanthe Barbarian is overall an absolutely terrible movie.

    To be fair, the movie actually starts out with some promise showing usyoung Conan and a really brutal kick-ass action scene with young Conanin the beginning. After the beginning sequence though, the movie startsto fall apart rapidly. The dialog is extremely weak and uninspired. Ikid you not, Conan probably says a maximum of forty words or lessthroughout the entire movie. Whoever wrote the script seemed like theyjust stopped trying and gave up after the promising beginning scenes.

    Another thing that I found really disappointing was that Conan himselfwas just not brutal enough. Only for short moments here and there hedid some barbarian like things but not at all on the level that you'dexpect from a movie titled "Conan The Barbarian" The action scenesthemselves were just not filmed well at all. It was filmed using veryfast paced cuts and it was very confusing to keep up with what washappening on screen. The camera always seemed to be lagging behind theaction, and just when it finally catches up with Conan to see what he'sdoing, the bad guy is already dead. Great.

    The plot was a jumbled mess and the acting pretty much on every level,was completely horrendous. Personally I am a fan of Jason Momoa. Afterhis performance as the savage Khal Drago on the hit show "Game ofThrones" I thought he would be absolutely perfect to portray Conan, butsadly he is very weak in this role and really adds nothing new orinteresting to the character. One more thing to be mentioned is thatthe 3D in this movie is non-existent. (Yes I saw it in 3D and don'tthink I am bashing the movie just because the 3D was horrible) The sadtruth is even if I saw the regular 2D film I would still think the sameabout it. It is just that bad of a movie.

    I dare to say that even 10,000 BC was better than this movie. (And thatmovie was terrible) At least in that movie you could tell what washappening during the action scenes. I strongly felt the urge to warnpeople not to waste their hard earned money on this movie. Trust me youwill thank me for saving you the money. But, if you are dead-set onseeing it for yourself anyway despite what I have to say DO NOT see itin 3D it really is just an extra waste of money. Think "Clash of TheTitans" not one thing in the entire film is 3D except for the endingcredits. Avoid this film at all costs. 1/5

  6. Christian Aragon from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    I'm not going to get into the plot set-up and all that other stuffwhich has already been prefaced to this movie's release a thousanddifferent ways. Just straight to the review …

    The entire introduction sequence at the beginning of this Conan wasgreat, up until you see the Jason as the adult Conan. The child actorwho played young Conan was broodier, and the sequence where he proveshimself as a warrior was more dynamic and believable than most of theother action sequences in the movie. I really enjoyed that entire firstportion of the movie, but it went down hill after that.

    Jason Mamoa can be a really good Conan. He brought some new flare tothe character, but I have to say that ultimately I'm split between himand Arnie, with a bit more leaning to Arnie's Conan. The director, andJason himself, almost made this Conan rather "sun-shiney" and somewhatfluffy. They had all the sequences they needed to really get dark withhim, but they kept it fairly light. With the exception of some mildnudity they really didn't take advantage of the "R" rating. Withexception to that mild nudity much of this movie felt like amade-for-TV movie more so than something which should be in thetheaters.

    Plot … bleh. It was a weak twist on the original movie's plot.Nothing special in any way, shape or form. In watching Conan go throughthe progression of the plot I felt like I was watching a video gameplay out where he was just maneuvering through the different levelbosses of the game to his ultimate goal. To say the plot was formula isalmost an insult to formula plots.

    The CGI, especially in the scenics, was entirely too obvious and verylight-hearted comic book-ish. I know there was a lot in this moviewhere they were drawing upon the great Frazetta artworks, but theymissed the marks several times. At the end of the movie, as with manyother contemporary special effects movies, I was missing the days ofmechanical special effects and matte paintings as backdrops. CGI hasdestroyed a lot of movies over the years and this was another victim ofthe over-reliance that's been wrought by the movie industry.

    The Studios NEED real people standing over their shoulders DURINGproduction of what should be great movies, ESPECIALLY when there'salready a fan base for the subject matter. They need people who aren'tafraid to NOT be "Yes Men" and tell them straight up that something isstupid, or over-done, or under-done or just plain not right and let'sstart it over. The Studios don't have the genital fortitude to do this,so this is the kind of disappointment we have to live through 2 hoursat a time throughout our lives. This movie could have been abeginning-of-summer blockbuster, but instead it's stuck in the"could-have-been" file.

  7. Richard Bellamy from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    Conan the Barbarian is born in war, a product of blood and steel. Thusthe film should be a visceral, violent portrayal of a warrior setagainst the fantasy backdrop of Robert E. Howard's Hyboria. Whatemerges on screen is a set of one dimensional characters placed in aworld that feels half heatedly brought to life.

    The film has been accused of being like viewing a video game. I woulddisagree. The nature of video games, particularly those of the fantasyand RPG genres, is immersion. There is no immersion here. We flit fromplace to place in a lame attempt to show the vastness of the worldthrough a mediocre CGI backdrop of a castle or slave camp or piratecity. None are ever fully realised before Conan jaunts off somewhereelse. The violence itself is the most disappointing. Nispel manages tocreate fight scenes that lack the kinetic quality of a dance. Thecamera is misplaced, the editing focusing on the wrong points. Younever feel the hits, the power of the blows or Conan's qualities as awarrior. It feels clumsy.

    There are more grunts and warcries than lines of dialogue and thosespoken feel like the actors are running them in rehearsal for the firsttime. There is no commitment to the lines so again the audience failsto immerse in their characters. McGowen in contrast overly plays thesorcerer.

    Given this is a reboot, the film does not feel fresh, but instead feelsdated. It's almost as though Nispel wanted it to feel like the 1982version, but taking only the worst qualities and none of the charm.Conan reinforces the assertion of refraining from producing rebootswhere there is nothing original the writers or director bring to thetable. Conan is a stale rehash that will offer no reward to itsaudience.

  8. derekblake from Lesvos, Greece
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    I am struggling to actually review this movie, not because of its weakstory-line or because of its total lack of imagination, or even becauseof its gratuitous violence (most of which is hidden), but because theone thing that was missing was a lighting engineer. Yes folks, this isan object lesson in how to make a low budget blockbuster movie, thoughhow much money was actually saved by shooting seventy-five percent ofthe film in darkness I don't know. However the other cost saving wascertainly well designed, a few decent cameramen who could actually keepthe shot in focus would have spoiled the whole thing for me. Out offocus darkness was entertaining for the first ten minutes, after thatit became irritating, the big fight scene in the last ten minutes ofthe film is lost completely but then that will have saved on the costof giving the monster too much detail, rather than leaving it a a pieceof wet hose pipe. What a waste of time and money, not the productioncompanies, but mine, I can sit in the dark with some flickering lightsat home for free. There was one decent fight scene in the film abouthalf way through, but it was certainly not worth the ticket price. Oneof the worst and most irritating films I have seen for a long time.

  9. washedupfailure from France
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm


    The first Conan is one of my favorite movies of all time. The Destroyersucks although I did like it when I was a kid. The new one sucks too.There are too many battle scenes and they are all dull. There isabsolutely nothing new here. What made the first movie so great was thepoetry of it all. The land felt barren. Conan was not another cookiecooker hero on a cookie cutter George Lucas hero quest but a truenomad…a man who wanders from one encounter to the next…a witch…asnake cult…getting drunk and laid…punching a camel…happening uponthe man who murdered his father…killing him…the epistemologicalspace in which the first Conan takes place is that of a senselesspremodern universe in which magical events succeed each other withoutever truly fusing into one overarching narrative. Meaning is alwayssomewhere over the horizon and the gods never deign to show themselves.The movie is filmed, scripted and scored in such a way that we feel theradical foreignness of Conan's universe. In the new film, however,there is no alterity at all, no imagination, no sense of beingtransported, no attempt to depart from the vaguely ideologicalboilerplate superhero narrative in even the slightest way…no mythicalresonance…the new Conan struts and smirks like something out of theFast and the Furious and has none of the cruel charisma of ArnoldSchwarzenegger. Although the movie is incredibly violent and gory, thepat coziness of the narrative renders all of this violence absolutelysterile. Nothing real is ever at stake and the movie has nothing to sayabout anything. It practically evaporates off the screen it is soephemeral. Don't waste your time with this one…watch the first oneagain.

    By the way, I am not one of those people who dislikes remakes and"reboots" on principle…I actually really enjoyed Marcus Nispel'sreboot of Friday the 13th…but he's out of his depth here.

  10. Johnfromthenorth
    29 Mar 2012, 5:32 pm

    Fans have waited for 29 years for a new Conan movie and then we getthis disaster. Obviously this was not going to be as good as the JohnMilius movie, but they could have at least tried. Maybe some people canenjoy this as a totally brainless action movie, but this is a badfantasy movie and a worse Conan movie. The new Conan reminds me of the80s Conan ripoff barbarian movies. First we have a narrator voice thatcertainly doesn't belong to a bloody barbarian movie. Then we have theridiculousness of conans dad performing c-section in the middle ofbattle and then the movie spends 20 minutes with a little kid Conan.Apparently a cimmerian test of manhood or something is running aroundin a forest sucking an egg in your mouth and then the child Conan runsinto some enemy tribesmen that are growling like orcs and kills themall. There is no need to try to prove how badass the hero is by havinghim slaughtering people when he is still a child. That is simply notbelievable just silly. Well then the tribe gets slaughtered by the evilwarlord and conans dad is killed. Not even trying to be original here.The rest of the movie is some swordfights some monsters and some moreswordfights. The only good thing was Stephen Lang as the villain.Khalars witch daughter was also fun. If Jason Momoa really was the bestConan they could find I guess that says something about todays actionheroes, but at least he is not wearing the same ridiculous makeup hehas when playing Drogo. I just don't understand how some people can saythat this movie represents Robert E Howards original Conan? They mustbe talking about some different Howard. The same people who have spentyears whining about how the classic Arnold movie was not loyal to theoriginal stories are now thinking this is. This movie has no moreconnection to the original stories then the 80s movies did. I cantpossibly imagine Jason Momoa in the original stories. People who keepsaying this guy is the ideal original Conan should consider for examplethe story where Conan defeats the giant strangler in battle of purestrenght and breaks his neck. Can you actually imagine Momoa in thatscene? The Milius movie was not loyal to the stories but it was anawesome movie with a unique feel and original ideas and it actuallylooked like something out of an ancient world where magic was real. Theoriginal movie also had the spirit of Howards best stories with aNietschean survival of the fittest philosophy. The new Conan is badHollywood fantasy made by talentless hacks. The next Conan movie willprobably be direct to DVD. The scriptwriters and director Marcus Nispelshould never work again.

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