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300: Rise of an Empire, 2013.
Directed by Noam Murro.
A Greek general leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by the vengeful demi-god Xerxes.
It has been nearly 8 years now since Gerard Butler so violently reminded us all that ‘this’ was in fact Sparta, in Zack Snyder’s 300. This time around Snyder only returns in the role of producer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that he’s back in the director’s chair, given the superficial ethos of 300: Rise of an Empire.
The film’s narrative occurs simultaneously to that of the first film, making this much more of a spin-off rather than a direct sequel. As it turns out, while Leonidas (Butler) and his Spartans were making their stand at Thermopylae, there were equal amounts »
- Gary Collinson
The last time a "300" movie ruled theaters, Britney Spears shaved her head, "The Sopranos" left the air and Miley Cyrus turned 15. It's been seven years since "300" proved that future "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder could be trusted with epic comic book material. It made a star out of Gerard Butler and sent countless dudes to the gym. But the public clearly didn't forget, as the sort-of prequel/sequel just stormed the box ...
By Ryan J. Downey »
300: Rise of An Empire has debuted in the number one spot at the Us box office.
The animated movie Mr Peabody & Sherman debuted in second place with $32.5m.
The thriller is followed by The Lego Movie in fourth place with $11m, with a total gross of $224.9m. The computer generated film is the first of 2014 to pass $200m at the box office.
The biblical movie Son of God slipped from second place to fifth place on its second week with $10m. »
Two big films this weekend, we have the animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" and the action-adventure sequel "300: Rise of An Empire."
In "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," it feels like the 1950s all over again! The companion piece of "The Rocky Bullwinkle Show" is now a big-screen event. From the creators of "The Croods" and "How to Train Your Dragon," and director of "The Lion King," the time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine, Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), and his adopted son, Sherman (voiced by Max Charles), are front and center in this animated film.
And, you may miss Gerard Butler in the sequel "300: Rise of an Empire," but is it enough for you to not see the sequel? Have no fear, we have a new hero in Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) who leads the charge against the invading Persian navy. But first, he must deal with the mortal-turned-god, »
“300: Rise of an Empire” has waged war on its box office competition with a projected $42 million-plus opening weekend.
Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment’s actioner muscled $17.7 million Stateside on Friday, including an impressive $3.3 million in late-night showings on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” scored $8 million Friday. It will likely be relegated to second place with a $31.5 million weekend debut.
The toon, which reportedly cost $145 million to make, is based on characters from the 1960s TV show “The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show.” The animated pic is on track to overtake the company’s last film, “Turbo,” which disappointed domestically, grossing $83 million. However, it more than doubled that figure overseas.
Despite the solid openings, the two films are expected to fall short of “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which bowed to a magical $79 million this time last year.
“300: Rise of an Empire” comes seven years after the Gerard Butler-starrer “300” hit theaters, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Warner Brothers Pictures
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Within the opening minutes of 300: Rise of an Empire, there is an over the top, overly choreographed battle sequence, some incredibly random nudity, and a horse stomping a Persian’s brains into mush with blood subsequently spraying everywhere in slow-motion. Most crucially, it’s a message loud and clear that director Noah Murro has a firm grasp on what made Zack Snyder’s cult hit so special. It may not top the original, but it’s certainly one hell of a ride.
Serving as both a prequel and sequel to the original, Rise of an Empire runs parallel to the events of King Leonidas’ defiantly, courageously fought demise – along with his Spartan army – at the battle of Thermopylae to Persian leader, God-king Xerxes. The very first shot of Rise of an Empire displays one more glimpse of the aftermath, as Xerxes puts »
- Robert Kojder
Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
The new film 300: Rise of an Empire is a follow-up, of sorts, to 300 (2006). Zack Snyder is still the lead writer on this new incarnation but the director of the new film is Noam Murro. Murro’s only prior feature directing experience was a film called Smart People (2008) and it is a good guess you didn’t see it as it grossed less than $10M domestic. It is interesting that the new film bookends its predecessor. The timeline of 300: Rise of an Empire starts prior to 300 and ends after it. You don’t see that very often. The people making this movie clearly expect the audience to grasp that complexity with little difficulty and in the current spoon-fed culture that Hollywood is known for that is a bit impressive. The creators here boldly launch into a visceral tale that parallels not only the initial film’s violence and visual »
- Steven Gahm
“300: Rise of an Empire” has launched impressively with $3.3 million in late-night showings Thursday in the U.S.
The sword-and-sandals sequel, from Warner Bros.-Legendary Entertainment, is expected to win the domestic weekend box office battle with tracking in the $40 million to $43 million range.
The opening of Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” has been forecast to finish the weekend with a solid $30 million.
“300: Rise of an Empire” is arriving seven years after the original “300,” starring Gerard Butler, became a surprise hit with $456 million worldwide. The sequel stars Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton (TV’s “Strike Back”), Eva Green and Lena Headey.
Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” and directed by Noam Murro in the same style as “300,” the new film centers on Greek general Themistocles (Stapleton) and his attempts to unite all of Greece against the Persian invaders with much of the battling at sea.
Zack Snyder, »
- Dave McNary
The first 300 was an uncompromising paean to glorious graphic-novel imagery, infused with music-video sensibility and CGI magic. Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s bloody tale, which chronicles the Spartans’ noble defeat at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., splattered the box office in 2007, grossing $201.6 million and making Gerard Butler’s abs more famous than Gerard Butler. 300: Rise of the Empire is a prequel, sequel, and side-quel to that tale.
- Jeff Labrecque
300 was the film that put Scottish actor Gerard Butler on the map. Directed by Zack Synder, the film was based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel and followed 300 Spartans as they went to war. Brutal, bloody and beautifully stylistic in appearance, the film was overflowing with testosterone, with only Lena Headey adding any femininity.
This week sees sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire burst onto our cinema screens, this time with a touch more feminine grace. We have the introduction of Eva Green as Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian army, alongside a returning Headey who reprises her role as Queen Gorgo who is also seeking revenge.
The trailers and posters point to the fact that these two powerful armies are going to be headed by these intimidating women. This got us thinking back to the other strong-willed, battle-hardened women of television and film – what follows is our Top Ten of the best. »
- Kat Smith
Are you ready for more intense stylized action and gobs of blood flying at the camera? 300: Rise of an Empire arrives minus 300 ab-tastic star Gerard Butler but with Lena Headey back as Queen Gorgo and with the addition of Eva Green as the lead villain. Yes, Rodrigo Santoro's back as Xerxes, but trust me, Eva Green's Artemisia is far more intimidating and scary. Also opening this weekend is the feature film adaptation of a classic cartoon series. Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the story of a genius dog (voiced by Modern Family's Ty Burrell) and his best two-legged friend (voiced by Max Charles) and the troubles they get into with their time machine.
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Lots of Blood, Lots of muscle, and Lots of Eva Green.
It's been 8 years since director Zack Snyder wowed audiences with his break-through, ultra-violent action flick 300. Now, Warner Bros. adds a new chapter to the highly stylized, R-rated world with 300: Rise of an Empire.
Snyder doesn't return as director for this one, but acts as writer and producer. 300: Rise of an Empire still has the feel of a Snyder film. Although Gerard Butler's character of King Leonidas was killed off at the end of 300, there are several returning characters that seamlessly bridge this chapter to the 2006 film. Lena Headey returns as King Leonidas' widow, seeking revenge for her husband's violent death. Actor Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as the all-powerful God King Xerxes who is determined to conquer the world, wiping out all that stand in his way.
The movie spans the time before, during, and after »
- Kristian Odland
Warner Bros.-Legendary Pictures’ swords-and-sandals epic “300: Rise of an Empire,” tracking in the low-$40 millions, and Fox-DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which should gross somewhere in the $30 millions, will keep the overall box office healthy, though likely not muscular enough to compete with this time last year, when “Oz the Great and Powerful” scored a robust $79 million opening.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, “300″ continued to hold onto a notable edge over “Peabody,” based on the 1960s TV kids series. Though “Peabody” should appeal to tots, it’s not clear how many non-parents the toon will attract since the demographic that most recalls the series is mostly over 40.
Fox Searchlight gives Wes Anderson his first springtime release in many years with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the director’s feature debut “Bottle Rocket” bowed around this time nearly two decades ago.
“Budapest Hotel,” which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival garnering solid reviews, »
- Andrew Stewart
Can it really be seven years? Yes indeed, it’s almost seven years to the day that Zack Snyder’s big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s historical graphic novel 300 exploded at theatres with a roar to rival a platoon twice the size. It utilized modern movie tech wizardry to re-energize the sword and sandal epic. This was not your father’s Spartacus. Fighters leaped and fought with tremendous ferocity (and lots of gore) against stylized backdrops which brought Miller’s bigger-than-life heroes and villains to cinematic life. And it made Gerard Butler a big-time movie star (soon to be mired in rom-com Hell). Just this year we’ve gotten some lesser works, no doubt inspired by 300′s box office power, such as The Legend Of Hercules and Pompeii (along with a new cable TV spin on the aforementioned Spartacus). You might’ve thought it was a shame that there »
- Jim Batts
Back in 2005, Robert Rodriguez gave us the affected world of Sin City, Frank Miller's graphic novel brought to cinematic life, and very much in the style of its source material. Two years later Zack Snyder did something similar to even greater acclaim, delivering Miller's ultra-violent, ultra-sytlized, super-slo-mo 300, creating something of a visual stamp for the director he would then mimic in his next graphic novel effort, Watchmen. Seven years removed from 300's release, these films -- 300 more than Sin City -- look more like feature length trailers than feature length films, but even 300 had more of a narrative than 300: Rise of an Empire, though Rise of an Empire certainly talks a big game. Replacing 300's narration by David Wenham's character with that of Lena Heady as Queen Gorgo, who lives on after the death of her husband (Gerard Butler) and his men who died fighting the Persians in the first movie, »
- Brad Brevet
In "300: Rise of an Empire," Lena Headey returns as Queen Gorgo, the strong-willed and battle-ready Spartan wife of Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who hesitates to team with Greek hero Themistocles and avenge her slain husband in battle against the mighty Persian army.
After catching the eye of a casting director at the age of 17, the Bermuda-born (and England-raised) Headey launched her movie career in 1992. The actress has worked consistently ever since, appearing in films such as, "The Remains of the Day," "Possession," and "The Brothers Grimm." However, it wasn't until Zack Snyder's international hit "300" (2006) that Headey finally broke out in America. Today, the actress may be best known to audiences for playing Cersei Lannister in the current hit HBO series "Game of Thrones."
The show has launched Headey into a new level of stardom, and I'll admit I was a little intimidated. It's not simply because "Game of Thrones »
- Jonny Black
“This Is Not A Drill” message is actually a drill. A trailer for the Gerard Butler action move Olympus Has Fallen has been banned in the Us and its makers fined after a number of people complained that it was "confusing". The trailer for the movie, which depicts North Korean terrorists overthrowing the White House and taking the president hostage, featured government sirens and the words "This Is Not A Drill" and "This Is Not A Test" flash up on screen. »
Back in 2007, Zack Snyder's "300" came out and pretty much blew everyone's minds.
Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, just like 2005's similarly stylized "Sin City," the film told the story of the ancient Spartans, led by Gerard Butler's King Leonidas, who, with an army of just 300, went up against the considerable military might of the golden god king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). The film was gorgeous and gory -- a blood-splattered living comic book that favored balls-to-the-walls coolness over characterization or plot cohesiveness.
Now, a cool seven years later, a sequel has arisen in the form of "300: Rise of an Empire," based again on a Frank Miller comic book, although one that, at the time of this writing, has gone unpublished. This time, the movie centers on Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), who led the Athenian army against a similar (but much more water-logged) battle against Xerxes (again »
- Drew Taylor
There will be blood flowing down the aisles in theaters soon thanks to Eva Green's menacing turn as the ass-kicking Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire; and for fans of the French-born beauty, they'll get a chance to see even more red come May in her hotly anticipated Showtime horror thriller Penny Dreadful.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Green told me that, while the trailer for the series released last month promises a bloody affair, there's much more to the show than the clip is letting on.
"The trailer for Penny Dreadful has to have an impact straight-away, so there's sex and blood in it," Green told me. "It's definitely bloody, but there's also a lot of complex psychology involved with all the characters."
- Tim Lammers
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