Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Conan The Barbarian (Film Review)

Born on a battlefield, raised as a Cimmerian warrior, witnesses the death of his Father, & becomes a Barbarian.  A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Conan soon turns into an epic battle against equally barbaric rivals, horrific monsters, & impossible odds! Conan soon realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from the dark Khalar Zym & his witch daughter Marique.

The secret to victory & vengeance for Conan is the lovely Tamara, for within her blood is great mystic power to unlock the mysterious mask that Zym seeks for ultimate power and the return of his wife from the dead.  Tamara's destiny; however, is tied to a barbarian who will deliver her from this evil.....enter: Conan!!

Although Jason Momoa is no Arnold, & Ron Pearlman is no James Earl Jones, this film may actually be better as far as acting and definitely better compared to the original as far as special effects are concerned.  The world of Conan; created by Robert E. Howard, was a world of dark magic, monsters, & blood.....and this movie captures that essence along with the charm and wit of our favorite Cimmerian.

The most interesting thing for me about this DVD, was the extras.  A wonderful piece on the history of the Conan franchise....how it started, and it's evolution to today.  The other notable piece was a biography of Robert E. Howard's life and suicide.  Tragic and sad to know that Conan has been around twice as long as his creator.  In retrospect, you can see how Howard viewed his own life in the pages of Conan.  From young and eager Barbarian to depressed and sad old King.

Swords, magic, monsters, & beautiful damsels.....trademarks of Conan The Barbarian!! A fun-to-watch movie with plenty of action and some comedic moments.....if you are a fan of action or fantasy films then you will enjoy this movie.  Stars Jason Momoa (as Conan), Rachel Nichols (as Tamara), Steven Lang (as Zym)Rose McGowan (as Marique), & Ron Pearlman (as Conan's Father).

Citizen's Grade: O.K.

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