Conan the Barbarian

2011

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

252
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 87734

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Jason Momoa as Conan
Rachel Nichols as Tamara
Rose McGowan as Marique
Morgan Freeman as Narrator
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1hr 53 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 53 min
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1.65 GB
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23.976 fps
1hr 53 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by GrapeGilbert 3 / 10

Would Have Been Better Off as a PG Movie for Kids

Not for the legions of devoted fans who rightfully adored the original mind you, but for the studio. At least that way they could have sold it as an action packed adventure for the family. Maybe they would have come close to breaking even. For the rest of us though, all the million dollar sets and bare breasted women in the world couldn't save this film from its flat dialogue, terrible character development, overly convenient plot vehicles (master thief who just happens to have the keys to a secret passage to the fortress, anyone?), and badly overacted character stereotypes. It took the me three tries to make it through this movie and I still gave up about 20 minutes from the end.

Reviewed by blrnani 4 / 10

Disappointing, despite low expectations

Things got off to a poor start with Morgan Freeman's unconvincing audio introduction and the pause for Conan's father to perform a lightning C-section on his dying mother in the midst of a violent battle. Then it started looking up, as we see the young Conan as an impetuous anger-filled youth who is already skillful enough to take down a group of marauders all on his own. He is then given good reason to be angry, as a new invader destroys his village and leaves him in an impossible situation trying to save his father's life. the father has the wisdom to end it himself, to assuage any guilt. But there's always revenge as a motive. Then the youth has grown into a hulk (better explained in the Arny version), yet the rage seems to have evaporated, even if the desire for revenge still drives him. Nonso Anozie is a fun character who leaves all too soon (and will be disappointed the flop is unlikely to generate the equel he deserved). Then we meet the ambiguous Rachel Nichols, who one moment is an admirable self-sufficient match for Conan and the next is behaving like a helpless screamy slasher movie victim. Stephen Lang's villain is of Shakespearean roots, more prone to explaining his villainy than actually inspiring terror. And as for Rose McGowan's witch, it must make even the most ardent appreciators of her denunciation wonder what Weinstein saw in her in the first place (perhaps weirdness inspires weirdness). The combined result is that, for all the action, one finds oneself not really caring much about the outcome, especially as it is clearly established that good will overcome evil (ok, so Bond always wins, but at least there are convincing obstacles in his way). The whole thing makes me wonder what we reasonably expect from a Conan film. The Arny original is a classic, but despite nice touches and humour the three weren't exactly great movies, let's be honest. I suppose the closest to the ideal was Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick, with a great warrior who is also clever and whose qualities attract followers to the cause. If he has to be muscle bound then I suppose one thinks of Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King. The key is a good story that is convincingly acted (room for humour and romance optional).

Reviewed by sirjrcalvin 6 / 10

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, all in one film.

The Good: Casting. All around, Momoa really nailed the role of Conan. He's strong, abrasive, bloodthirsty, and bears conviction. The cast as a whole really gave the film the highest rating I could give it.

Also Good: Hyboria. The Picts looks quite terrifying early in the film, even if they fall like straw men. The film did a nice job exploring a few other areas of Hyboria that the 80's films never did. All in all, those who read the old books will find a lot of Easter eggs to enjoy here.

The Bad: The final act of the movie was just as boring as could be. Why do we care what the villain does with this really weird-looking octopus mask? The final battle sequence was a critical failure that ended the film with a whimper instead of a "Wow!"

Also Bad: Action sequences. There are many throughout the film and for each that will sincerely impress you, there are equally as many that are simply laughable.

The Ugly: The director, Marcus Nispel, may have given some fresh life to Hyboria, but at the cost of a coherent story and developed characters. You will reach the end of the movie knowing just as much about the characters as when you first started watching it. There's no depth to the characters (hero and villain alike). Character development is forgotten entirely. The stakes of the story are lost in a hodgepodge of randomly strung-together action sequences.

Overall, there's enough to like about the movie to make it watchable, but not enough to really wow an audience looking for so much more out of this rich universe.

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