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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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

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Noam Murro

Writers:

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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

The battle of glory continues See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

In reality Sparta was a land power and the Spartan Navy at the time of the Persian Wars was feeble. Sparta only contributed 16 ships to the combined fleet at the Battle of Salamis. The closest naval rivals to Athens at this time would have been Corinth, Megara and Chalcis. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

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[from trailer]
Artemisia: Steel and flesh... life and death... war.
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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 »

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Referenced in Coming Soon (2014) See more »

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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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Glorious style of visuals & fight sequences makes for an enjoyable action flick...
6 March 2014 | by edwardanthony9See all my reviews

Gloriously employing Zack Snyder's style of slow-fast continuous shots, as well as taking the scale and dynamics to the next level, this is a worthy sequel to the awesome 300. It has pretty much the same weaknesses and strengths of its predecessor, but improves on what made the first film a success.

A pretty obvious notion is that no other film does better with the long continuous shots of action with the occasional slow motions. This is a wonderful style to marvel on, for those who like these kind of things (I do!). This is the main reason I came to watch this, yet it is not the only thing that impressed me. But before moving on, I want to further claim that I seriously enjoyed these style of shots and frankly, all...ALL of the action sequences. They are just marvellous and glorious to watch and from minute one, I was attached and just smiling on every fight sequence.

Still on the matter of action sequences, they are better in visual quality & dynamics of the setting, although I suspect the reason may be the budget and resource constraint on the first film. If Snyder had this the last time, it would be as good as this. Fortunately, Rise of an Empire, even in the hands of new director Noam Murro, didn't mess it up and brilliantly improves upon it. And though the quality of visuals were not perfect (such as the blood effects), the style is just so gratifying to watch. One last thing, the soundtrack is genuinely amazing, and is unbelievably fitting for the scenes. Even before the action begins, my heart pumps up, and during the fight itself, the soundtrack did good to enhance the suspense of the action. Words are not enough to explain it...you have to listen to it first hand.

Actions aside, the plot was overall a straightforward one, except for those which relates to the original 300, which I was quite impressed of. Despite the lack of drama & humour, and the limited emotional range of the characters, some of the characters were great. I was initially skeptical of the main character, and though he may not have outdone Gerard Butler's Leonidas, Themistokles is still quite the likable action hero. And while I had a great feeling about the villain, Eva Green's Artemisia really stole the show on every scene she was in. As further praise, if the producers do intend to make another sequel, they will need one hell of villain to top off Artemisia.

Overall, this is a very very entertaining movie, if what you're looking for is fun, action, and visuals. They did extremely well in these aspects, and make it such a wonderful film for a great time in the movies.

VERDICT:

Good: Excellent style, Improved visuals, Highly entertaining fight sequences, Brilliant soundtrack, Amazing characters

Bad: Lack of drama & humour, Less compelling plot

SCORE: 7.0

(blockbusted9.blogspot.com)


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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 300 Sequel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,038,460, 9 March 2014

Gross USA:

$106,580,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$337,580,051
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2.35 : 1
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