300: Rise of an Empire – Review

300 Rise Empire

300 was brawny entertainment back in 2007, pumped full of radioactive testosterone. But this feeble sort-of sequel exhibits a warrior well past its prime. Weak and saggy, the once chiseled abs have melted into sludgy flab.

300: Rise of an Empire is a Gladiator themed game of Battleships between Eva Green’s Artemisia and Sullivan Stapleton’s Themistocles – except only 10% as interesting. A tangled mess of flashbacks, slow motion and spluttering jugulars, it’s a bargain basement version of its predecessor – with water.

It might well be awash with blood and guts, but 300: Rise of an Empire has no brains.

TL;DR: Boring, numbing, unnecessary. In 300, Gerard Butler screamed “This! Is! Sparta!” In 300: Rise of an Empire you may find it is you that’s screaming: “This! Is! Awful!”




CAST: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor

DIRECTOR: Noam Murro

WRITERS: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad

SYNOPSIS: Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.




2 responses to “300: Rise of an Empire – Review

  1. Pingback: [Movie Review] 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) | The Grand Shuckett·

  2. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but, but from the reviews I’ve read, let’s see if I’ve got this right. The Naval Battle of Artemisium; flashes of the concurrent Battle of Thermopylae; the Naval Battle of Salamis; all taking place in 480 BC. Plus…a flashback to the Battle of Marathon, in 490 BC? All in one movie! I guess that leaves the Greek/Persian Battle of Plataea, in 479 BC, followed by the Battle of Eurymedon in 467 BC, for 300 III…

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