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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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

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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 Gargantuan Media

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Rated R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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$110,000,000 (estimated)

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$45,038,460 (USA) (7 March 2014)

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$106,369,117 (USA) (16 May 2014)
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Sullivan Stapleton thought Gerard Butler looked "really huge" in the original 300 (2006) and that he would similarly have to bulk up and get a lot bigger as he was playing the lead role this time around. But he was actually asked to slim down because he is playing an Athenian and not a Spartan, he was at 10-12 kilos below his usual weight. All The Athenians in the film are also shown as having "six pack abs" like the Spartans but the Athenians are not as big. See more »

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(at around 57 mins) When Themistokles returns from the ship of Artemisia telling the others that "The next time that we face her, she's going to bring all of hell with her." he looks to the side and in a close-up his contact lenses are clearly visible. See more »

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Queen Gorgo: Leonidas is dead...
Themistocles: Then... avenge him!
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Much Better than Anticipated
31 August 2014 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

When it comes to expectation, Rotten Tomatoes established a new dynamic.

Although I only made the realization days ago, I've been a long-time fan of Frank Miller adaptations, loving both Sin City (2005) and 300 (2006) in the theater.

Since its early March release, 300: Rise of an Empire is certifiably rotten with a critic percentage in the low forties. So I skipped it.

Despite a similar Tomato rating, I saw Sin City: A Dame to Kill For the day after it hit theaters and couldn't shake the disappointment/frustration for a few days.

Fast forward to yesterday, when I realize Frank Miller's other sequel is available through Xfinity OnDemand via HD rental for $3.99. I'd totally forgotten it existed.

Neither my time, nor money went to waste.

300: Rise of an Empire is very good.

The co-starring antagonist role, Artemisia, is played by Eva Green. Artemisia is vastly different from Ava Lord, her character from Sin City: AD2K4.

She's more, ahem, sympathetic.

Green's slightly less nude, as well, though I don't believe there's a correlation.

Eva is top notch. Artemisia is easily 300 Part Deux's greatest redeeming quality, and I said the same thing about Ava Lord in the sequel to Sin City.

Apparently Green is excellent in any badass female role written by Frank Miller.

Let's hope we see more out of her in the future!

The same goes for Lena Headey, one of my favorite actresses, who reprises a supporting role as Gorgo. Just like David Wenham as Dilios (Leonidas's one-eyed loyalist), she doesn't disappoint.

Love that Lena Headey. She's a 'Grade A' thespian.

One strong aspect of the story is how clearly it overlaps with that of its predecessor. The interaction with the timeline from 300 is never obscure to the viewer.

Clarity has its downsides however. The director recycles bits of footage from the first movie, which always feels like a cop-out. He doesn't stop there, even reusing original footage introduced in the sequel.

That's the one-two punch of fair criticism that overlaps with Sin City: AD2K4, wherein footage is also recycled.

It's a near-certainty this film would be great had it been directed by Zack Snyder.

The writing is very strong. The action takes place at sea and furthers the original narrative, while building the larger world of the story. It's good stuff!

The battles are epic and beautifully rendered. The CGI's not perfect, especially when there's a horse on-ship, but it's easily ignored.

The outro credits are fun, but there's no stinger after they start rolling.

Overall, 300: Rise of an Empire isn't bad by any means.

With strong performances from a solid (albeit lesser known) cast, I'd say it doesn't disappoint!

To bring it back around: I think this reaction's noteworthy in contrast to the lingering sadness I felt about Sin City: AD2K4.

Perhaps much-anticipated sequels received with critical disfavor are best left on the backburner until becoming available as a rental. That way, reality can set in, and expectations are appropriately leveled.

By this logic, if Dumb & Dumbr To receives a R.T. percentage in the mid-forties, I should skip it and wait on the rental.

Or otherwise expect severe disappointment, right?


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