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Conan the Barbarian (2011)

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A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy.

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Marcus Nispel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Momoa ... Conan
Stephen Lang ... Khalar Zym
Rachel Nichols ... Tamara
Ron Perlman ... Corin
Rose McGowan ... Marique
Bob Sapp ... Ukafa
Leo Howard ... Young Conan
Steven O'Donnell ... Lucius
Nonso Anozie ... Artus
Raad Rawi ... Fassir
Laila Rouass ... Fialla
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Ela-Shan
Milton Welsh ... Remo
Borislav Iliev ... Wild Man
Nathan Jones ... Akhun
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Storyline

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil. Written by Anonymous

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Enter An Age Undreamed Of


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Rated R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conan, el bárbaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,021,215, 21 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,295,021

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,356,133
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven O'Donnell (Lucius) is known for playing Eddie Hitler's gormless friend Spudgun in the BBC sitcom Bottom (1991). See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) When Ela Shan the escaped prisoner first appears at bar sits down to hide he puts his right hand up to hide his face and no manacle is present; subsequently, when Conan goes to arm wrestle him with his right arm he has manacle on his wrist. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world. Then, came the dark empire of Acheron, where cruel Necromacers sought 'Secrets Of Resurrection'. They crafted a mask from the bones of kings, and awakened it's wrath with the pure blood of their daughters. The mask summoned spirits of unspeakable evil, giving them power that no mortal man should posses.
Narrator: Acheron ...
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.194 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Nazlah Al Sallallem
Performed by Cairo Orchestra
Written by Sami Nossair
Published by Tenvor Music (BMI) o/b/o Kousan Music Publishing
Courtesy of Hollywood Music Center
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The Terrible Wrath of Darkest Gods
18 August 2011 | by wordmonkeySee all my reviews

Director Marcus Nispel is undoubtedly the long-lost offspring of trash master and fellow German, Uwe Boll, as this film is so profoundly awful on every level that it's hard to think that it wasn't intentionally made this way.

Remarkably, the movie gets bad immediately and stays that way. One of its most jarring aspects is that it begins with Morgan Freeman's narration, which sounds so utterly out of place, with his comforting, slightly Southern drawl the total opposite of everything bloody and Cimmerian, that it instantly comes across like self-parody, as if we were seeing some schticky Mel Brooks interpretation after the fact. This ham-handed disregard for appropriate tone haunts every frame of the film.

The story fails to find the real Conan -- who in Robert E. Howard's stories is a smart, tough, brutal survivor -- and instead seems to reveal to us the underwhelming idea that Conan's just another hunky sword dude with a knack for slaughter.

The script inconsistently sticks to any epic poetic flair in the dialog, so that when such words are delivered, they feel forced and flat. The noted line "I live, I love, I slay, and I am content," is meted out with such lack of panache or feeling that I wanted to wash out Jason Momoa's mouth with soap, right after forcing him to watch Schwarzenegger -- not a great actor, by any means -- deliver the unforgettable tagline: "To crush your enemies, drive them before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women." But then again, John Milius bothered to direct his actors.

Stephen Lang (Colonel Quaritch of "Avatar") is the half-assed villain Khalar Zym, who inspires zero awe and no respect on his whatever quest for some supernatural thingy, which is such an afterthought that you constantly forget about it. And post plastic-surgery Rose McGowan as his witchy daughter Marique is so outrageously goth that you half-wish for a Sisters of Mercy musical cue every time she steps on camera; if only her performance received the same attention as her over-the-top costumes. Ron Perlman, as Conan's father, is simply wasted. Weep!

I'm totally sick of the short-attention-span style of storytelling. The filmmakers are so afraid that if some big action sequence doesn't occur every ten minutes, that we'll be bored; and of course, this quickly has the opposite effect, as we instead become bored from so much pointless, poorly shot and edited action unsupported by character or story. Video games often have more character development than this film, and yes, I'm specifically thinking of the comparatively Shakespearean struggles portrayed in Donkey Kong.

I bestowed two stars on this flick, as the second is for unintentional hilarity, of which the film has much. Its hyperbolic Hyborian cartoonishness makes you either wince or chuckle derisively. Hopefully, as many heads as roll on screen will also roll in Hollywood for this abortive, dreadful garbage.

Perhaps the noble Conan will someday get his proper due in a modern film. But not today.


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