Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield--on the sea--as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
|Release Date||:||March 5, 2014|
|Production Company||:||Legendary Pictures, Hollywood Gang Productions, Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Warner Bros., Nimar Studios, Cruel and Unusual Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Kurt Johnstad, Frank Miller, Zack Snyder, Jay Oliva|
|Casts||:||Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Ashraf Barhom, Andrew Pleavin, Hans Matheson, Peter Mensah, Ben Turner, Christopher Boyer, Fred Ochs, Price Carson, John Michael Herndon, David Pevsner, Peter Ferdinando, Igal Naor, Luke Roberts, George Georgiou, Farshad Farahat, Christopher Sciueref, Steven Cree, Caitlin Carmichael, Jade Chynoweth, Kevin Fry, David Sterne, Gregor Truter, Vincent Walsh, Nick Court, Mark Killeen, Daniel Rashev, Dimiter Martinov, Stefan Ivanov, Atanas Srebrev, Mark Aaron Wagner, Nancy McCrumb, Bo Roberts, Gregory Shelby, Velizar Peev, Wayne Dalglish|
|Plot Keywords||:||based on graphic novel, ancient greece, duringcreditsstinger, sea battle, hand to hand combat, minions, naval warfare, 3d|
I didn't intend to review this movie but am doing so because I think a lot of the reviews are really slanted and uncalled for.
A lot of reviews of are calling out historical fallacies and giving the movie 1 star ratings. I think this is completely unjustified. This is entertainment and must be treated as such. HIstory aside, there's more than one element of pure fantasy in this movie, so one hardly expects the historical portrayal to be completely factual.
The storyline is average, the visual effects and action sequences are without doubt state-of-the-art. I generally hate never ending, mindless action sequences but the ones in this flick were quite watchable, there were even a few brilliant moments.
The best part of the movie for me were the characters, I find the Persians far more interesting - Xerses and Artemisia (Eva Green) are both fascinating. And my biggest gripe with this film is that these fascinating personalities didn't really have much to do. Sadly, the 300 franchise thrives mostly on action sequences and plot lines stay on the back-burner, I think that's where the opportunity of making brilliant sequel was lost and the viewer was left with a decent but forgettable action flick.
It'd be remiss of me not to give the gorgeous Eva Green a standalone mention, she looks amazing throughout and more than badass to fit her part. Her presence alone was worth the price of admission.