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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

R | | Action, Drama | 7 March 2014 (USA)
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Greek general Themistokles of Athens leads the naval charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.


Noam Murro


Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sullivan Stapleton ... Themistokles
Eva Green ... Artemisia
Lena Headey ... Queen Gorgo
Hans Matheson ... Aeskylos
Callan Mulvey ... Scyllias
David Wenham ... Dilios
Rodrigo Santoro ... Xerxes
Jack O'Connell ... Calisto
Andrew Tiernan ... Ephialtes
Igal Naor ... King Darius
Andrew Pleavin ... Daxos
Peter Mensah ... Persian Emissary
Ben Turner ... General Artaphernes
Ashraf Barhom ... General Bandari
Christopher Sciueref ... General Kashani


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 ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The battle of glory continues See more »


Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


(at around 1 hour 19 minutes) The line "Better we show them, we choose to die on our feet, rather than live on our knees!" is a paraphrase of a rallying cry of the beloved Mexican General Emiliano Zapata, during the Mexican Revolution of the 1910s. See more »


(at around 21 mins) Artemisia, sitting in her captain's seat, is eating an apple. When she first takes a bite, it is green. A closeup of her hand at a different camera angle appears and the apple is red. Switching back to the original camera angle--the apple is now green once more. See more »


[about Xerxes Messenger Visiting Sparta]
Queen Gorgo: No terms were reached. Xerxes' messenger was... Well, he was rude and he lacked respect. He didn't understand the same threats made in Thebes and Athens would not work here. This is the birthplace of the world's greatest warriors. Men whose king would stand and fight and die for any one of them. Xerxes' messenger... did not understand this is no typical Greek city-state. This is Sparta.
Themistocles: It was clear to the messenger there'd be no Spartan submission?
Queen Gorgo: It was ...
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos are seen on doors that open up to reveal the mural of Leonidas and the 300 Spartans. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Indian theatrical release was cut in order to obtain an A (adults only) rating. The sex scene was trimmed. See more »


Edited from 300 (2006) See more »


War Pigs
Written by Ozzy Osbourne (as John Osbourne), Bill Ward (as William Ward), Geezer Butler (as Terence Butler) and Tony Iommi
Performed by Black Sabbath
Courtesy of Downlane Limited
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300 Rise of an empire - Trial for the rise of a sequel.
17 March 2014 | by hem-available-89See all my reviews

300 Rise of an Empire - A screen blotted in duskiness and gore with full 1 and half hours action. The movie presents double the barbarian ways of slaughter and kills weighing against the First part in the series. Series, for the label, can be termed as a shear piece of intelligence rather than seeing it as a pre-planned plot. The movie has been twined with the first part very intelligently sparing the final scene where the spectator leaves the theatre confused whether David Wenham playing the role of 'Dillios' is in the battle field with 10000 Spartans ready to face the Persion Army or in the Naval fleet standing alongside Lena Headey, Queen Gorgo. Apart from that the plot is perfect with small flaws of course here and there.

The story unveils the flash from the past how Xerxes became the God King, cleansed and furbished with Voodoo, wearing only little dress for either a God or a King though. The movie also introduces Artemisia, the naval commander and mother of evil plots. Eva Green who plays the role of Artemisia has played an exceptional part in the movie providing an exquisite style for the movie. Her negative looks and attitude are perfect for her role and adds to the impression on her character in the movie. The Movie Director with the support of a brilliant script has made sure that people who go to watch the movie in-order to see the Spartan ways of killing and fighting will never be missing anything. Themistocles who plays the role of the King and Supreme commander of the Greek army has been portrayed as a brilliant commander in the fleet and land. To be frank he does nothing else rather than some two three tricks to try to tumble the Persian ships. Other than that Athenisia does the trick by repeatedly saying that Themistocles is intelligent. I really wonder why. He also is seen trying to sacrifice, part of his brilliance I suppose, his fellow mates and army to stir up the Spartans into a war forging alliance with them.

The movie, as regards the graphics and cinematography, is too good. And it has certainly succeeded in turning out to be a spine-chiller in many ways. The story is about the Greeks trying to forge an alliance with the Spartans. Spartans are sparse in the movie. But the waiting and longing for 300 part three will definitely be on the rise as the ending of the second movie is in such a fashion where the spectators are left bereft of the hi-fi flair and fighting skills of the Spartans and that too even after they see them launching an attack after a long wait– the attack is to come in the next part. The movie is not advisable for those who hate seeing beheading and fresh body parts getting lacerated and ripped. But for others who wish to see hundred percent action and style in the best graphical way possible, the movie is worth buying ticket for.

The movie in a nut shell is an attempt to elongate the history of 300 Spartans to multiple sequential movie parts. The plot and cinematography is excellent provided you watch it in 3D. It's definitely the best movie in English language running in theaters at present. Just go for watching people getting killed, nonstop action and finally to increase your yearning for the next part to get released. And as for Themistocles, though a bit less strongly built than the Spartan Leonidas but better compared with Dillios, he can be expected to give a cracker in the next part leading the united Greece with Spartans alongside them. Flaws are there, but in terms of entertainment and dialogues, none will be disappointed.

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7 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,038,460, 9 March 2014

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