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Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian
Starring:
Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang and Rose McGowan


Rated: R For nudity, sexual activity and extreme violence.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: August 19, 2011 Released by: Lions Gate Films

   Based on Robert E. Howard's writings and although not a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1982 starer, this version still has the sparse dialog, impressive muscles and acrobatic sword fights.
 
       The film begins with the village of Cimmerian being pillaged and burnt by the evil warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) and his warriors.   They're looking for a talisman to complete a magical mask.   Blood, severed heads and limbs are everywhere (good thing its shot in 3-D, as I'm sure we would have missed some of the gore otherwise)!
 
       Zym and his men kill everyone in the village, and torture and murder young Conan's father (Ron Perlman) before his eyes.  Leo Howard plays the younger Conan, and he displays some fancy black belt talent.  
 
       Conan grows up and is played by the handsome, rippled Jason Momoa (HBO's Game Of Thrones) and his only quest is to avenge his father's death.   When he finally meets up with Zym again, he is still looking for a missing element of the mask - "pure blood" from a beautiful damsel (Rachel Nichols).
 
       Zym's creepy daughter (Rose McGowan) slithers around with long, deadly nails, shaved eyebrows and a bag of magic potions, which she uses to try and kill Conan and the girl.      
 
       Apart from the extreme guts and gore, and loud, overlong fight scenes, there's a couple of entertaining things going on.    Director Marcus Nispel's (Friday the 13th) sets, some set in Bulgaria and some CGI, are dramatic and interesting.   Also, there's a neat scene with Conan fighting off sword-wielding warriors made out of sand.  
   
       The audience for this adventure is most likely young guys with strong stomachs who want a lot of action.

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