'Conan the Barbarian' Trailer is an Impressive But Familiar Beast

Conan the Barbarian trailer

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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