Monday, March 10 2014, 04:43 PM MDT
Movie Review: 300 - Rise of an Empire
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Recommended To: Fans of the original film, Zack Snyder apologists and those in love with Eva Green.
Synopsis: General Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leads the Greek army against the invading Persians led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green).
Review: 300: Rise of an Empire is part prequel and part sequel as the majority of its action takes place around the events of 300. We see the events that lead to Xerxes attacking King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans as well as the aftermath. I imagine at some point someone will figure out a way to cut the films together to form a cohesive 220 minute epic. I won’t be that person as my affection for both films is lukewarm at best. 300: Rise of an Empire is less organized that its predecessor as it bounces along its timeline. With Xerxes preoccupied with the Sparta army the antagonist duties fall on Artemisia, a revenge seeking Greek played by Eva Green. Green's performance is a bit over the top, but it matches Sullivan Stapleton's turn as protagonist Themistokles and the general over blown tone of the film. It’s a sandal epic on steroids buffed up with the constant use of digital trickery ranging from the buckets of CGI blood, the constant speeding up or slowing down of the action and green screen scenery. It's fake in every sense of the word. It is essentially what you'd expect from a 300 sequel. It's better than 2011's so-bad-its-almost-good Immortals, but that’s hardly a ringing endorsement.
-Ryan Michael Painter
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