Conan the Barbarian (2011 version) has released a trailer

and it sort of looks like the standard hyperbolic music video on cgi with fantasy trappings. I have no idea who the lead actor guy is. It has a distinctive visual style that I appreciate but if they do that “stutter stop’ action sequence, which I suspect they will from the trailer, it will be very derivative and disappointing– 300 did it first and why go to that well too many times anyway?

With all that said, it’s pleasantly retro looking. I was beginning to think that fantasy flicks had lost the art of manliness.

3 responses to “Conan the Barbarian (2011 version) has released a trailer

  1. I thought The Matrix did it first. The scene shown is more bullet dodging than the combat in 300. Had that in Blade and umpteen other movies since. Afraid we are stuck with it until someone figures out something else. Have to do something to justify the cost of the 3d ticket. I suppose they could stop and shift camera position like they have tried in some movies to show the “real” 3d.

    The stutter worked in 300 because it let you see what was going on in the background combat rather than just focused on the front action. Matrix it was all about showing the main actor reacting faster than reality. Now they use that all the time. Vampires, zombies, action heros, kissing scenes, etc. When they start using it in porn it will be over.

    The lead actor is Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979). He is best known for his role as Ronon Dex on Stargate: Atlantis.

  2. I certainly think the two methods are similar, but I would ascribe the “slowed down, attenuated action” shot method (what we call “the bullet dodge”) to the Matrix, and stutter..stop method (where lots of stuff is happening, and then everyone STOPS and moves really slowly, then goes hyperfast.. the slowly again) I would ascribe to 300. This was used again in WATCHMEN, which is no surprise, as it was helmed by the same director.

  3. I’m tired of that technique too, but I’m sure I’ll see the movie anyway. I’ve been reading the REH Conan stories recently. In addition to his role on Stargate: Atlantis, Jason Momoa is playing Khal Drogo in HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones.