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
Director Noam Murro said that the instant Sullivan Stapleton came in to the room to audition for the lead role, he knew he was "the only choice for the part". He told the producers that he would hire no one but Stapleton. See more »
When the young Artemisia is training, the last two close-ups of her face reveal plenty of freckles. In an earlier close-up, there were none. See more »
[at sword-point standoff with Artemisia]
I would rather die free than live as a slave.
Even if I was attached to you by chain.
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The Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures logos are seen on doors that open up to reveal the mural of Leonides and the 300 Spartans. See more »
300: Rise of an Empire was a little different from what I initially expected. Assumed it was a sequel. However, it is more of a companion movie - a different view point of the events in 300 and the events after and some events before.
I found the story to be entertaining. The Persians are still attacking Greece, but this time we watch from the view point of Athenian Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) while the events of 300 unfold elsewhere. The backstory of some old and some new characters were interesting to watch. The events which take place after 300 were awesome and led to some great battle scenes.
And whilst 300 had plenty of fantastic battle scenes, Rise has some equally fantastic naval battle scenes. Ships wrecks, beheadings, one on ones, and battles were all awesome and entertaining. Watching Themistocles engage in naval tactics was quite fun to watch. The one on one (or multiple) combats were a bit better than the original. I found them rougher and just more fun to watch. Eva green as Artemisia was amazing. She was terrifying at times and great fun to watch.
However, I did find a few scenes felt out of place and unnecessary. In saying that, the confrontations Themistocles and Artemisia more than made up for it.
The ending of the movie was satisfying and to repeat myself, so was the final battle scenes. They were incredibly fun to watch.
A very entertaining movie, especially since I was lucky to be able to watch them back to back on the big screen.
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