Saturday, March 8, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire
Opens March 7, 2014 
1 hr 43 min
R | Strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language.


Noam Murro

Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
Eva Green as Artemisia
Caitlin Carmichael as 8 Year Old Artemisia
Jade Chynoweth as 13 Year Old Artemesia
Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo
Hans Matheson as Aesyklos
Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
David Wenham as Dilios
Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes
Jack O'Connell as Calisto
Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes
Yigal Naor as Darius I
Andrew Pleavin as Daxos
Ben Turner as General Artaphernes
Ashraf Barhom as General Bandari
Christopher Sciueref as General Kashani
Gerard Butler as King Leonidas (archival footage)

Review by Stephen M.

I made the big mistake of watching 300: Rise of an Empire before finishing the first 300.  If you haven't seen the first and plan to, watch that first!  The reason is that the sequel continues off where the first one ended more or less.  300: Rise of an Empire is based on a graphic novel that Frank Miller never got published.  It continues the historical battle between the Persians and Greece, of course with a lot of embellishments.

While the first movie focuses on the Spartans, namely 300 of them led by King Leonidas and a few compatriots on the land at hell's gate.  The sequel is mostly on sea led by the Athenian General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) against the Persian's Naval Commander Artemisia (Eva Green).  Eva is amazing in her cold blooded role dropping bodies as well as her male counterparts.  The sex scene between the two is quite interesting to say the least and of course with this and the violence is not for everyone.

While if you love the first film because of its action scenes then you won't be disappointed with the second one.  However, other than a change of scenery there's really nothing excitingly new here.  Despite a very cool origin for the "God King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) in the beginning, once again, we have use to see anything extraordinary from him.  Despite these things, there is still quite a lot to like here.  The chemistry between Themistocles and Artemisia is memorizing every time they face off.  The intensity just jumps as you anticipate their next words and moves.

Overall, I would highly recommend this film if you enjoy the first film and films like Gladiator.  Like I said before the film naturally won't appeal to everyone.  The action is a bit repetitive from the first movie with instead of being on a beach they are now doing it on a boat.  Still if you like these type of combat action and witty dialogue then go watch it this weekend.


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