Of all the movies that Hollywood is remaking, I find myself actually a little excited about this one.
I loved Schwarzenegger in “Conan.” Yes, his acting was minimal but his fighting was action packed and let’s face it, how intellectual do you expect a barbarian to be?
Directed by Marcus Nispel — who has done “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003) and “Friday the 13th” (2009) — and written by Thomas Dean Donnell, Joshua Oppenheimer, Sean Hood and, in spirit, Robert E. Hood, the new version is due out in the fall.
We see Conan going across the continent of Hyboria looking to avenge the death of his father and the slaughter of his village. Same basic guidelines as the original but the locations and the fight scenes are brought more up to date with today’s filming technology.
As Conan (Jason Momoa) looks for his adversary Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) he comes across his daughter, Marique (Rose McGowan), a nasty business witch. This encounter with her provides some interesting special effects fights with a majorly transformed McGowan. Rachel Nichols (Tamara) and Katarzyna Wolejnio (Valeria) are in the film for the love interests. You have to have a damsel in distress right?
“Conan: The Barbarian” was filmed in 3-D, which leaves me wondering, does it really help the film to be in 3-D? Is it really going to add to your viewing pleasure? From what I can see, the location scenes are fantastic and the action scenes look to be fun to watch.
Although my concerns for the film might lean to the nitpicky on how educated this Conan sounds and how staged the battle scenes might be, I still look forward to a rousing good fun action flick.
“Conan: The Barbarian” is due out Aug. 19.
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