3 New Model Arnie!SECTION8 | 19/08/2011 | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Those familiar with the 1982 version are unlikely to warm after this run of the mil reboot, it's a pretty dull and desultory affair that'll leave you feeling as cheated as Arnold Schwarzenegger's missus.Having previously done a good job at the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th series, and failed to make an impact with his other sword and sandels hack and slash Pathfinder, Director Nispel hardly has the best rep when it comes to resuscitating iron aged moribund franchises.Quelle surprise, then, that at times he makes a hash of this one, the German director missing not only the camp grandeur of John Milius' original but also the vigour of 300, a film he clearly set out to emulate.There's no shortage of blood here, the levels of arterial splatter being established early by a forest scrap that ends with the young Conan (Leo Howard) dropping four severed heads at the feet of proud pop Ron Perlman.Long before the lad has grown up to be Baywatch beefcake Jason Momoa, though, the carnage has become mostley monotonously predictable.To be honest there's only so many ways to run a man through while charging at him on horseback.Things liven up a little with the introduction of bad guy Khalar Zym (Avatar's Stephen Lang) and his daughter Marique (Rose McGowan), a witch with Krueger-like blades on her pinkies and Elizabeth I's hairline.Even by genre standards, alas, their crazy quest -to bring Mrs Zym back from Hades with the aid of an old mask and 'Pureblood' Rachel Nichols is a torturous one that, coupled with Conan's plan to avenge Perlman's murder, makes for a plot more swollen than its leading man's pectorals.Momoa is no Arnie. He's no Rock either. In fact he's nothing much at all: an anonymous, characterless hunk who's outclassed even by the computer-generated sand mummies he's called upon to vanquish.Conan, we're informed, has "the heart of a lion" and "the loyalty of a bloodhound". They forgot "personality of a tree".If swords, sorcery, pecs and FX get your bloodlust pumping, there's fleeting fun to be had. But mostly this Conan re-tread puts the bore in Hyboria.On a plus side it's still far better than Conan The Destroyer and Red Sonja.See if you like.....The Mummy Trilogy.The Scorpion King.Beast Master.Masters of the Universe.Prince of Persia.