I’ll be honest, I hadn’t much faith in this movie when it was first announced; the trailers didn’t particularly excite me either. Prior to viewing, I was decidedly against favoring this reboot because I hold such a high regard to the original 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger version. Arnie’s Conan offered more than gratuitous nudity, tons of violence and oiled musclemen, it was a philosophical epic. It’s a film of great resonance and subtlety. This NEW Conan, directed by Marcus Nispel, does not even come close to matching the grandeur and significance of the original, but I don’t think it was ever meant to. What we have here is an alternative Conan. One that stands on it’s own context and one that is arguably truer to the original Robert E. Howard novels. Much to my surprise, it’s a pulpy piece of action/adventure goodness.
The story is this; as Morgan Freeman tells us: Conan is a young Cimmerian man cast adrift in the world by the brutal murder of his father and the destruction of his village. Driven by the need to avenge himself upon the evil Khalar Zym, Conan learns to steal, seduce, and fight his way to his goals. He soon discovers, however, that there are greater things at stake than his own personal quest: an unearthly malevolence stalks the world, and it may be up to Conan himself to save Hyboria from ruin.
I’ve had a man crush on Jason Momoa since I first saw him as the horse ridin’ Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Admittedly, my penis instantly inverts into a mangina when I see this man, who IMO is the embodiment of bad-assery. That latter assertion is certainly evident here. He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Momoa IS Conan the Barbarian. Rough, tough, gruff (goddamn I love rhyming) calculating and cool. Momoa embodies the barbarian and swashbuckling aspects of the character. A worthy successor to the Cimmerian’s throne.
He’s lean, mean and he’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Jason Momoa IS the new Conan the Barbarian. Directed by Marcus Nispel, the latest feature from Lionsgate has released their Red-Band trailer for the sword swinging barbarian and it’s definitely something else. Sword play, violence and no one-liners, it’s almost like heaven, but with liquor and wenches. I for one an amped for this action fest, I think it looks true to the character. Other bastards here DO NOT think the same. Luke Gallagher thought it looked like “Conan got tossed in a blender with ‘The Mummy’ and Van Helsing'”. What do you think? Are you pumping your fist in the air, or do you hold the original Conan flick to such high regard that you cannot allow yourself to enjoy this?
Also starring Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh.
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The R-rated fantasy action film hits 3D and 2D theaters August 19th.
So think 300 but bloodier (if that’s even possible) and you’ve the latest film adaptation of Conan the Barbarian. Being brought to us by Marcus Nispel best known for his 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (yes, the one with Jessica Biel and YES she looks super hot) Conan is full of one liners and lots of action. And although I was a fan of TCM I’m not too sure about this blood obsessed Conan. At least lead Jason Momoa is looking pretty damn hot; So if you can stomach all the gore, at least there’s something for the ladies! Conan also stars Rachel Nichols,Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp and Milton Welsh. Check out the trailer here!
Yes, we know you’re tired of remakes, but watch this trailer, it just might give you a serious nerd-boner for the new, Conan the Barbarian. It’s a splendid send-up of the classic ‘sword ‘n’ sandals’ genre but where those could be campy this is gritty and brimming with action. The special effects aren’t looking too shabby either, which is really important because movies like these live or die on their quality CGI. The new Conan is Jason Momoa, who you currently catch in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and believe me, there will be no comparisons to Ah-nold. I know the Schwarzenegger-Conan is a classic but it’s not as close to Robert E. Howard‘s vision as this film is shaping up to be. Or at least that’s what we’re hoping for, otherwise, why make it? Ooh, right, nostalgia and lots and lots of money. Silly me, forgetting how Hollywood works.
The trailer is stuffed full of slow-motion shots as characters flip through the air in mid-combat, and while they’re neat in the trailer I kind of hope they aren’t as prevalant in the flick. This isn’t the Matrix, it’s Conan. Also starring Stephen Lang as the villain, Khalar Zym and Rose McGowan as the witch, Mariq. Not that’d you recognize her, she’s the creepy, half-bald chick blowing sand. I must say, this trailer’s got me impressed. Way more than the teaser which was literally smoke and mirrors.
Watch the trailer below and let us know, are you ready for Conan?
Also, super-nerdy bastard points (which have absolutely no value other than to enhance your self worth) to the first person who can correctly answer this, what is best in life?
What is best in life? To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you and to hear the lamentations of their women… and the new one-sheet for ‘Conan The Barbarian’, which looks awesome. Bringing back the adventures of Conan, originally portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, now starring Jason Mamoa, it looks like there’s a new barbarian on the block. Going from Stargate: Atlantis to Cimmerian warrior shouldn’t be too hard though, he’s just trading in his gun for a really sharp sword.
Now, Lionsgate Entertainment has released the official one-sheet poster for the upcoming remake directed by Marcus Nispel. A bad-ass homage to the late, great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, if I may say.