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Films to See After You Die: #24 Conan the Barbarian


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.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

5 responses to “Films to See After You Die: #24 Conan the Barbarian

  1. jmount43 ⋅

    Almost bought this one tonight. I’ll download it instead.

  2. LOL I thought you were reviewing the old Conan film which really sucked. I like Jason Momoa but I do not think he has the acting chops to carry a film. It sure looks like it cost some big bucks to make.

  3. Valerie Fulford ⋅

    He is such a hunk though. I like him better than Arnold.

  4. Valerie Fulford ⋅

    How could Ron Perlman ever father a hunk like Jason Momoa?

  5. I love the whole idea of Films To See *After* You Die (practically a blog in itself), and have to admit I’ve neither seen nor been inspired to watch the two you’ve cited so far. The closest I’ve come to this particular one is when Weird Al Yankovic did the Conan The Librarian sketch in ‘UHF’. “Can you tell me where I can find a book on Astronomy?” “Don’t…you…know…the Dewey Decimal System?!”

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