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300: Rise of An Empire

 

 
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Runtime: 102 min
 
Synopsis: Greek general Themistocles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
 
Release Date: March 4, 2014
 
Written By: Zack Snyder
 
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3.5/5


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2 total ratings

 

Positives


The queen of smoldering eyes Eva Green... Oh and seeing Xerxes as a regular person.

Negatives


Themistocles is made to seem too perfect and had the charisma of a nose hair.


Reviewer's Thoughts

Many fans of the original 300 were drawn to Gerard Butler as King Leonidas more than anything else but the likability and confidence that he held was not something that Sullivan Stapleton could manage. The legendary naval battle that we hear about in history is done poorly, the direction being pushed towards more of the sword and shield antics of 300. Yes folks, sailors jumped from ship to ship clashing blades instead of naval tactics and strategy. I guess this is what we expect though isn’t it?

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With the go-nowhere plot, and the irritating fact that this was a forced sequel, there was only one reason to watch 300: Rise of an Empire. That reason is the beautiful woman you see scattered about in this review, Eva Green. 

Plots Summary: With Spoilers

300 Rise of an Empire picks up from the time of King Leonidas’s death and the Persians are on the verge of sacking Greece with unlimited forces. We are given some history into why Xerxes is an angry, 10ft tall God King and it was one of the better moments of the film (next to the sex scene that blinded people into thinking the movie was actually good…)  King Darius I (Yigal Naor), Persian conqueror and father to Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), gets killed by General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) of Athens as his forces lose to the Greek army. After their retreat a dying Darius tells his top general, a woman named Artemisia (Eva Green) that the Greeks could only be defeated by the gods and she in turn made Darius’s sniveling son into one.

Coincidentally Xerxes becomes Artermisia’s pawn of revenge against the Greeks and they build a massive fleet to storm the shores of Greece and take the land. 

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Why Artemisia is a badass bish amongst badasses

  • She dual wields swords like a champion
  • She has naval battle skills
  • She’s beautiful
  • She’s a General and a King Slayer
  • She wears a vest sewn from human hair
  • She eats Spartans for breakfast
  • She has smoldering eyes
  • She’s named after a moon goddess
  • She uses sex as a tool not as a pleasure device

On the flipside, the “good guy” that is sold to the audience as some sort of legendary sailor whose fighting skills make the Spartans look like punks, is absolutely terrible. The character of Themistocles was so contrived that we hated every second of screen time that he took up. Still, will all this being said 300: Rise of an Empire isn’t terrible, it just pales in comparison to it’s predecessor.

Many fans of the original 300 were drawn to Gerard Butler as King Leonidas more than anything else but the likability and confidence that he held was not something that Sullivan Stapleton could manage. The legendary naval battle that we hear about in history is done poorly, the direction being pushed towards more of the sword and shield antics of 300. Yes folks, sailors jumped from ship to ship clashing blades instead of naval tactics and strategy. I guess this is what we expect though isn’t it?

Unfortunately the beloved Spartans that brought about “Spartan fever” in the United States only show up at the end of the movie. What we are given instead is a pale comparison in the naval Athenians. But these Greeks aren’t  very likable in 300, no, the charm was in the Persian ranks, and after the horrendous portrayal they had in the original 300, this was okay by me.


Greg Dragon

 
Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.