300: Rise of an Empire 3D

300: Rise of an Empire 3D

(2013)

Follow up to Zack Snyder's 300, taking place before, during and after the events of the 2007 original. The action heads to the seas and the Battle of Artemisium, in which Greek ships commanded by general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) take on the might of invading Persian forces, led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green).... More

Noam Murro takes over directorial duties, adapting the graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City).Hide

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Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis must've been stoked when this film was announced, because it immediately displaced The Whole Ten Yards as Hollywood's least-demanded sequel ever. Not helping the argument for 300: Rise of an Empire's existence is how influential the original has been, with the current marketplace seeing no shortage of imitators and retreads - Immortals; Clash/Wrath of the Titans; both upcoming Hercules movies; Noah. And with slow-mo fetishist Zack Snyder ceding the director's chair to Noam Murro, whose only previous movie was the low-key family dramedy Smart People, all signs did not point to awesome.... More

Despite all this 300: Rise of an Empire pretty much does what it says on the box. The bold and bloody visual style remains reasonably compelling and the seafaring battle sequences mark the film apart from the original. Just don't expect anything in the way of emotional stakes or thematic resonance.

Male lead Sullivan Stapleton's ocker intonations are never quite as stirring as Gerard Butler's guttural Scottish brogue in the first film, but he can swing a sword with conviction. Female lead Eva Green is clearly having the most fun, and bites down hard into her role as the villainous Artemisia. She's almost worth seeing the film for alone.

With the film contorting itself to be set before, during AND after the events of 300, its status as a shameless cash-grab never stops being apparent. If you can get over that aspect, there is a moderate amount of shallow splendour to behold.Hide


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BY JackWallace superstar

Another loud, dumb, action-packed gore-fest. 300: Rise of an Empire should please fans of the original. All the battle scenes are in slow-motion. It's just more of the same. That being said, I did have a bit of fun with this. Evan Green's gives a great performance as Artemisia, the Greek mortal-turned-god leader of the Persian army. For the few scenes she has, Lena Headey was good as Queen Gorgo, the wife of Leonidas from the first movie. Sullivan Stapleton was okay as Themistokles, general... More of the Greek army. But he can't hold a candle compared to Gerald Bulter and Michael Fassbender. There's lots of action and over-the-top violence. The 3D also wasn't too bad, but you'll be fine with 2D as well. What irritated me though was the CGI. Half of this movie is CGI. Millions of dollars and they can even make some decent blood effects. 300: Rise of an Empire is not a great movie. Don't take it too seriously and you might have fun.Hide


BY Gerd superstar

Absolute disgusting macho military peanut brain male glorification. If you have a few little grey ones left don’t go there.


BY CJRedshaw superstar

It was always going to be hard to top or even match the first 300. There is a return of a few very key and influential characters from the first movie who tie in well with this story that seems to almost run side by side with the original. An interesting take sending the battle to the sea. We are introduced to a female character (Artemesia) that is all as powerful as the first villain (Xerxes). Eva Green delivers a dominating performance that leaves you asking for more a worthy adversary for... More the powerful Sullivan Stapelton (Themistokles). All up a good sequel Snyder has done well to maintain a solid continuation of narration and scene play from its predecessor.Hide


The Press Reviews

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  • It's flesh and carnage that the audience is here to see, and Murro delivers it by the glistening ton. Full Review

  • This highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made "300" feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well. Full Review

  • Other than for the pleasure of watching Eva Green try to conquer ancient Greece dressed as a distant forebearer of Catwoman, more is less and a little late in this long-aborning sequel... Full Review

  • The naval collisions and melees play out in panel-like renderings that are bold and satisfying... but lack the momentum and bombastic je ne sais quoi of "300." Full Review

  • The foot-in-mouth direlogue is an Achilles’ heel, but this campy gore-opera is bursting with guilty pleasures. Full Review

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