Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Director: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman
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 (Jason Momoa), before succumbing to her injuries. Conan’s birth on a battlefield, and subsequent survival, is considered to be a powerful omen. 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. After receiving the piece of the mask he seeks Zym kills Corin and leaves Conan for dead. Twenty years later Zym has found all of the pieces to the mask and requires the sacrifice by a young pureblood named Tamara (Rachel Nichols) and only Conan stands in his way.
Trivia: 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. Kellan Lutz and Jared Padalecki were considered for the lead, but the role went to Jason Momoa.
Why I think you shouldn’t see this: This movie was kind of doomed to fail wasn’t it? The script for this movie is pretty horrible with the dialogue being pretty wooden. Jason Momoa is a perfectly capable actor with strong turns in Game of Thrones and Stargate but he isn’t given much to work with here. Stephen Lang and Ron Perlman are pretty good but still they aren’t working with much. Marcus Nispel seems to be in way over his head with this one and it makes me think perhaps Brett Ratner could’ve done a better job. The fight scenes were pretty good though and the film looks great but it leaves you wanting more.