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After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. Written by
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More blood, more action, more six packs, even more story! 300 Rise of an Empire tells the story of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro, Lost) and his navy commander Artemisia (Eva Green, Kingdom of Heaven) and their crusade against the Greek, the Spartan queen Gorgo (Lena Headey, 300) and Greeks military leader Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton, Strike Back). It enlightens the story of how Xerxes became god-king and what happened after Leonidas and the brave 300 were overrun by the Persian empire. The movie delivers just what was expected and convinces you with stunning visual effects and large scale combats as well as gigantic naval battles. (I watched it in 3D which isn't very necessary, aside from some fancy blood spatter effects.) It keeps the style of his prequel with slow-motion fight scenes, slow-motion stylistic devices for dramatic purposes and slow-motion shots on sweating six packs while epic speeches about death and honor are spoken. Might be too much over-the-top for some viewers, but if you liked the style of 300, you'll also like the atmosphere of this one. The story is quite predictable and doesn't offer mind-blowing twists and interpersonal drama that matches the level of Game of Thrones and such - but honestly, if you expect that, you don't know what you're about to watch. Compared to the sequel it is neither superior nor inferior, I think it just matches the quality of 300. The prequel had iconic characters like Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and Stelios (Michael Fassbender) who are more remarkable than Themistokles as protagonist is. Rise of an empire balances this with a very cool villain, Artemisia. In conclusion, 300 - Rise of an empire is a great action movie for everyone who loves epic battles with a lot of blood. Enjoy!
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