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 film was photographed almost entirely on a sound-stage in Montreal, using blue-screen and green-screen backgrounds. The only part of the movie not shot on the sound-stage was the shot of the Persian messengers appearing over the top of a hill as they gallop towards Sparta, which was shot on location in Los Angeles. However, even this shot was heavily manipulated in post-production. See more »
(at around 59 mins) Xerxes, or any Persian ruler, would never have referred to himself as a god or a god-king as an Egyptian Pharaoh would. It would be the highest blasphemy. Their title was roughly translated as King-Emperor which the British Monarch used during the height of their Empire. The Persians, specially the Persian kings, were Zoroastrians, who were monotheists with a single supreme Creator. Their god is considered, by many, to be the same as the Judeo-Christian-Islamic God. 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 »
Zack Snyder's '300' seems to have received mixed opposing responses. There are those that praise it to the point of calling it one of the greatest epics and those that have labelled it as trash. Anyway, let's start with the good point. Most noticeable would be the dazzling visuals. The emphasis on the colour contrast is a tad overdone but the editing and execution of the battle sequences are amazing. However, the use of slow motion is overdone and needs to be toned down. The art direction and makeup department deserve special mention. The cinematography is excellent. The use of CGI is very apparent especially when in motion. Storywise, the writing is pretty simple. It's pretty much the typical epic war story, nothing outstanding. Of course there are historical inaccuracies. Of the cast, Dominic West and Lena Headey are terrific. Gerard Butler and David Wenham are passable.
While it is 'pretty' to look at, there isn't much that the viewer takes away from '300' long after the closing credits have rolled because it doesn't have anything new to offer or anything that makes it especially stand out.
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