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"Fist of Legend" is what I know this film to be called. Antway, expect to be surprised with Li's abilities and acting. The final fight scene is more hilarious than action-packed. The only thing lacking is the final fight scene's unconvincing special effects makeup.
As a remake of the 1982 predecessor, I was expecting something a little classier. Unfortunately, the film's numerous faults outweigh its few shining moments. The overall result reminds me of a TV-movie heavily peppered with intense (sickening) gore and uninhibited bare-breasted nudity.
While similar in name, Conan strays so far from the Schwarzenegger original that each character (new or revised) has much more dialogue to deliver. Conan's oddly-placed gutteral taunts and screams truly made me believe that actor Jason Momoa could have a future in a successful metal band. Although the storyline drifts from Conan's birth to adulthood, there are plenty of bloody and brutal action scenes to behold. I drifted in and out of appreciating the veteran acting talent of Ron Perlman (Conan's father) as battle events quickly came to pass with very little realistic character development.
The computer generated settings, costumes, special effects makeup and landscapes are rather impressive. Each castle, mountainside or lair look to be well-conceived and artistically detailed.
At times, during several key battle scenes, I had to look away from the screen. Gore and violence is somewhat easy to watch in horror films, but I have to draw an exception here - especially with the childbirth and nose-less warrior scenes.
I'd give this a once-over if you really want to see how the Conan-series makes its final mark. Sadly, Conan's 2011 audiences will recognize this is as a commercial and a less-than-par critical failure.