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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
(at around 10 mins) Obvious flipped shot when Artemisia is sending Xerxes off into the desert to become the God-King. The two small moles on the right side of her forehead switch to the left side. See more »
Exciting follow-up packed with impressive sea battles , groundbreaking combats and C.G. images
After its victory over Leonidas'(Gerard Butler) 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 (Sullivan Stapleton) . Themistocles was an Athenian politician and general , he was one of a new breed of non-aristocratic politicians who rose to prominence in the early years of the Athenian democracy . Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. As Themistocles was in effective command of the Greek allied navy at the subsequent battles against Persians . The Persian army led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia (Eva Green) , revengeful commander of the Persian navy. But Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land . During the first Persian invasion of Greece, Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces , as he fought at the Battle of Marathon , and was possibly one of the 10 Athenian Strategoi (generals) in that battle . In the years after Marathon, and in the run up to the second Persian invasion he became the most prominent politician and warrior in Athens along with Milciades . He continued to advocate a strong Athenian navy, and in 483 BC he persuaded the Athenians to build a fleet of 200 triremes ; these would prove crucial in the forthcoming conflict with Persia . During the second invasion, commanded the army in battle of Artemisium and Salamis. Due to subterfuge on the part of Themistocles, the Allies lured the Persian fleet into the Straits of Salamis, and the decisive Greek victory there was the turning point in the invasion, which ended the following year by the defeat of the Persians at the land Battle of Plataea .
Big production that blends historical battles , cross-swords , feats and spectacular images by means of Computer Generator , including lots of blood and gore . The movie is based heavily on Frank Miller's comic book mini-series , also entitled "Xerxes" ; being entirety shot at the indoor green-screen sound stages of Nu Boyana studios in Bulgaria. Miller openly admits that he made many radical changes to the history and director admits to making further changes . The script was written at the same time as the novel and not after the novel was finished so ultimately the two are different. Filmmaker Munro states that he was more concerned with making a film which would appeal to a wider audience, and creating a thrilling and visually stunning action movie rather than a typical historical epic. Interesting script full of historic remarks and thoughtful phrases being partially based on the comic books . An Athenian derides about the Spartans as "boy-lovers" , it was, in fact, the Spartan army that was erroneously thought to encourage homosexual relationships among soldiers due to the fact that a Spartan male would live with his fellow soldiers till about 30 years old , a similar line was used by King Leonidas in 300 . The script demanded that most of the male cast spend the majority of their screen time bare-chested, as per Frank Miller's original graphic novel titled ¨Xerxes¨ . Therefore, in order to adequately present themselves as the most well-trained and marshaled fighting force of the time, the entire principal cast underwent a rigorous and varied training regime for several weeks prior to shooting . This compelling picture results to be a violent flick combining historic events , drama and breathtaking fights . The flick packs nice settings , characters with elaborate costumes and a seamless combination of practical and CGI effects , including lots of blood and gore . The unique look of the film was produced in post-production by using an effect nicknamed "the crush". The film was photographed almost entirely on a sound-stage , using blue-screen and green-screen backgrounds . The filmmakers used bluescreen 90% of the time, and green-screen for 10% , they chose blue because it better matched the lighting paradigm and because red garments look better when shot over blue . Every little scene has been given maximum detail, as gowns , environment and Production Design by Patrick Tatopoulos , adding too much C.G.I. backgrounds and lush frames showing overwhelming combats .
Brilliant and glimmer cinematography by Simon Duggan, being "done in Renaissance painting style" . Vibrating and shaking musical score by Junkie XL . This acceptable sequel to Zack Snyder's 300 was professionally directed by Noam Munro, though has some flaws and gaps . Film producers originally pushed to direct this film with a PG-13 rating as the goal but director refused and ultimately the studio agreed to make an R-rated movie.
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