In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought.Written by
The historical Queen Gorgo was the daughter of Leonidas' older half-brother, Cleomenes. See more »
(at around 28 mins) When Leonidas asks his 300 what their profession is on the hill, his booming voice leaves a very short echo, indicating obviously that the scene was filmed inside of a small studio as opposed to the open mountain terrain shown in the image. See more »
When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
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The opening Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios logos are made of stone and appear in front of a brown, cloudy sky. See more »
I downloaded this film to my DVR recently knowing nothing about it except that it was claimed to be an adventure movie centering on the Greek's defeat at the hands of the Persians at the battle of Thermopylae. Or so I thought.
Having grown up on the sword and sandal movies of the 1950s and 1960s I figured it could be an enjoyable 120 minutes or so of entertaining adventure.
As the film unrolled it seemed awfully familiar. Baby born, stands around in snow, fights someone in a courtyard, defeats a beast up in the mountains. Why did I think I had seen this before? Penny drops, so to speak. "Meet the Spartans."
I honestly had no idea at all that "Meet the Spartans" was a send-up, tribute (mockery?) of "300." I had never heard of "300" in any form, movie or comic book, before watching it, though I can see now that it provides ample material for lampooning.
Having seen them both I can now recommend that one stick with "Meet the Spartans." Its humor may be sophomoric, and even that's giving it the benefit of the doubt, but at least it is entertaining and provides some good belly laughs along the way. "300" on the other hand is one of the most pretentious, god-awful pieces of claptrap that I've seen in many years.
The actors look like a combination of escapees from a gay porn video combined with Brooklyn hipsters. The whole slow motion thing gets old very quickly. Some reviews I scanned mentioned people being upset at the "politics" of the film. Unless you're a reincarnated Spartan upset at how your city is portrayed I can't see how "politics" even enters into it. It would be like complaining about the "politics" in an Ed Wood opus (speaking of something else that's more entertaining).
Do yourself a favor and give this a wide berth.
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