‘Conan the Barbarian’ Trailer is an Impressive But Familiar Beast

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:11 pm,

Conan the Barbarian movie trailer Conan the Barbarian Trailer is an Impressive But Familiar Beast

One of the things we lamented in our 2011 Summer Movie Preview was that we hadn’t really seen any significant amount of footage from the Conan the Barbarian reboot. The Conan teaser offered a (very) brief look at Jason Momoa’s version of the titular warrior – and the war paint-clad opponents he faces in the film.

Now we have a full-length theatrical trailer that offers a glimpse at the new cinematic incarnation of Conan – as envisioned by director Marcus Nispel, the man behind the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th.

Here is the official synopsis for the new Conan the Barbarian:

To avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his Cimmerian village, Conan (Momoa) goes on a quest to find and kill the sadistic warlord responsible. However, this warlord, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), is on his own quest to find an elusive young woman, Tamara (Rachel Nichols), the key to an enigmatic ritual of resurrection. When Conan abducts Tamara and uses her as bait, he is pursued by armies, besieged by monsters and led to a site of primeval magic and human sacrifice.

Check out the full theatrical trailer for the film (via Yahoo! Movies) below:

On the one hand: This Conan trailer does a good job of establishing the mystical yet down-and-dirty atmosphere of the ancient world setting. It also offers some tantalizing glimpses at the gritty action sequences and impressively macabre production design – not to mention both Momoa as the titular brute and the world he inhabits seem more akin to the original Conan the Barbarian comic books than the Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring films back in the 1980s ever did.

On the other hand: The bits of CGI monsters and sand creatures are a bit too reminiscent of fantastical adventure pics like The Mummy and Clash of the Titans remake for my tastes – not to mention, a bit on the fake side. That said, props to Nispel for not just emulating the visual style of 300 - since one of the earlier Conan pics released suggested the film might do just that. It’s just too bad we don’t get to see more of Lang’s villainous warlord (I imagine he’ll be good fun in the part).

Overall, Conan the Barbarian could be a wild card. It’ll either be an awesome period action-adventure in which Momoa really captures the chest-thumping, head-slicing nature of the Conan character – or he (and the film as a whole) could end up just being a disappointment.


Conan the Barbarian arrives in theaters this summer on August 19th. How does it look to you so far?

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. I stopped watching halfway through. Just not interested.

  2. I am hoping this one is a good movie. I always enjoyed Conan the Barbarian and Destroyer. I hope the FX/CGI are very good as well. it makes no sense having a well written story with terrible CGI. I do wonder if they will be displaying Conan’s incredible strength in this movie as they did with Arnold S. I wouldn’t want it to be just the clashing of swords.

  3. I will say that after seeing the first trailer I was not impressed, but the second trailer has given me hope that the film can actually be good. Notice I didnt say great as I can’t give any movie that till I have seen the finished product.

    • Pulp movie taken from a pulp novel.

      I set my expectations pretty low.

      I just want to see the movie to see how well they got the lore.

      And the cleaving of skulls.

      • I will agree with others here that it is getting closer to the actual story than most, not to mention the settings and costumes are very well done.

        • I’m hoping Mamoa breaks out with this film. I didn’t think he’d be large enough to play Conan, but that simply because I’m conditioned by Arnold’s version.
          Then I saw “Game of Thrones” and Mamoa is f’n huge in that! I didn’t even know it was him sitting there at first. Much, Much larger looking than he does in Conan or SG Atlantis.

          He’ll bring a good level of athleticism and martial skills to the character.

          I’m hating to say this, but if Kevin Sorbo can play Herc…. eeeeesssshhh!

      • “Pulp movie taken from a pulp novel.

        I set my expectations pretty low.”

        Pulp stories from an author whose work is collected in the Library of America and Penguin Classics.

  4. the CG looks mediocre, like THE MUMMY, sand… sand always looks a bit fake in CG. But Momoa is very like the old black and white comics Conan.

    It doesn’t look dirty and grimy enough, too clean… they need to drag the film through a parking lot and have some horses run across it, but alas… digital means crisp and clean.

  5. Please, no heavy metal music for this movie. I know we heard the rock and roll/heavymetal stuff during the trailer, but I hope they did not put any of that stuff in this movie. It just does not fit. I don’t like it.

    • If you have never heard the Age of Conan sound track, listen to it sometime.

      I am hoping they use a lot of that style of music.

      But, alas, I am thinking they may go that rock route.

      • The Basil Poledouris soundtracks were the best parts of the original films. For as much crap as I am willing to lay on Ahnuld, and as horrible as those movies were in relation to “getting it right”, those scores were brilliant.

        Alas, rock opera is likely where it will go.

        Not to say it can’t be done, though! A Knight’s Tale was brilliant in that regard.

  6. This trailer makes me want to see the film. I will be there.

    • Looks a little under budget.

  7. This looks like the crap movie of the year.

    Loads of objects thrown at us in 3D – i hate it. Please someone learn from the subtle master of 3D – James Cameron.

    Big freaking explosions – when are Hollywood gonna understand that all those stupid explosions are stupid and silly, and at least not in a Conan movie

    No Arnold – Arnold WAS Conan in the 2 Conan movies he made. This new dude looks more and more like a sissy version of Conan

    Cheesy and crap looking special effects in typical Hollywood manner. Where is Chris Nolan when you badly need him?

    I didn’t have much faith in this reboot in the first place, but after having watched this stupid trailer i am not gonna bother wasting 2 hours of my life later this year.

  8. Someone said this looks like a SyFy movie? I don’t know what channel they were looking at but this blows away anything SyFy came up with. The cinematography looks great, as well as the fight choreography. The lines may be a little cheesy but some of the best action films have cheesy lines. My big butt will be in the seat.

    • Looks a little under budget(SyFy)

    • All I saw Conan do were the same 3 sword swings towards the camera.

  9. Having only seen parts of the original, as a movie trailer itself it looks incredibly mediocre and boring. As a Conan movie, idk, I guess it does what its supposed to for the fans. But as its own movie it definitely looks like a pass.

  10. Looks promising.

  11. Scenery and visuals look good. Swords and sorcery, savage barbarians, good guys, bad guys, good girls, bad girls, heros and villians, and monsters. Plus none of the cheese of the Arnold movies. I too would prefer a more direct adaptation of an R.E.H. story, but if the story is as good as the rest of it looks, then I’ll be ok with it. The Arnold movies of the 80s are best forgotten. Arnold said himself in his biography, he wanted to be a STAR, not an actor. And that’s the way it worked out. Arnold movies are about Arnold. LONG LIVE CONAN. By the way, mky attitude has turned around with the second trailer, at the first one I was disgusted.

  12. I STILL want to see a Red Sonja movie!!

  13. If someone invites me to go see this then sure, but I don’t think I’m gonna go out of my way to see this.

  14. the lame man screaming effect that has been used by lazy movie makers for years that repeats over and over in this trailer really bugs ya know?

  15. Ugh. Nothing about this trailer shows any originality to this Conan reboot.
    0:05 – Typical trailer drumbeat & a narrator kicking things off by saying something about “A man…”
    0:50 – Typical tentacle monster from LOTR
    0:46 – Typical WWE heavy metal music kicks in midway
    1:05 – Typical Matrix side jump on wall attack
    1:15 – Typical bows raised in line shot from LOTR
    1:20 – Typical jump off cliff with a horse from Braveheart
    1:22 – Typical jump underwater from Clash of Titans
    1:24 – Typical lady arch your back sex scene from every other movie
    1:28 – Typical run from explosion in slow mo from every other movie
    1:45 – Typical sand bad guy from Spiderman 3 & the Mummy
    1:50 – Typical arch your back dodge projectile move from the Matrix

    Shall I go on?

    This trailer follows the same frikkin trailer formula and shows this movie is gonna suuuuuuuck.

    • Do, please. You’re the director, the EP, w/e; the big unit in charge; how (specifically) would you do this differently?

      • I’m not picking on the original story. I’m picking on what I’m seeing so far from this so-called director called Marcus Nispel who’s directed screen gems such as Pathfinder and Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot. I really want to like this, but in no good conscience I can especially from what I’m seeing so far.

    • Wow… really? This series of books was written before any of that. I think you need to re-evaluate your criticisms. It’s very true to the original story… if you even bothered to read that. Of course the trailer is going to be crap. It’s still months away!

    • Why did you have to go and do such a good thing?

  16. I didn’t like the first half, it seemed really corny and generic. But it turned itself around with the music change. It will probably be about as good The Rock’s ‘Scorpion King’.

  17. garbage.

  18. The film (at least based on what can be seen from the trailer) looks great. And this Jason Momoa certainly looks the part. Schwarzenegger takes a lot of flak for his acting abilities (although, I was somewhat shocked to see, in that Batman movie in which he played Mr. Freeze, that he out-acted everybody… especially Clooney and Uma Thurman). But he did bring a sense of humour, eventually, to the role. If this new Conan can not take itself TOO seriously, but be fun and silly as well as exciting- it might not be original, but it will at least be a great summer flick.