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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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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

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Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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 Gargantuan Media

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The battle of glory continues See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | War

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

300 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,038,460, 9 March 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$106,580,051

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$337,580,051
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sullivan Stapleton revealed that this was a role which absolutely required him "to get a six pack for the first time in my life" and he reportedly adopted a diet of almost 100% yogurt for the duration of the shoot to maintain it. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) In one of the last lines in the movie Themistocles notes that "All of Greece has united against you, Delphi, Thebes, Olympia, Arcadia and Sparta". In fact most of Greece remained neutral and the powerful city state of Thebes was allied with the Persians. It is of course possible Themistocles was simply bluffing, but the tone and finality of the scene implies otherwise. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

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Disaster. Absolutely forgettable.
8 March 2014 | by rolandr-943-671707See all my reviews

Recently, I tend to think that the first couple of thousand of votes and reviewers are paid by the studios on IMDb.com and the flick will receive its real score about half a year later.

I browsed through dozens of 7 to 10 reviews and I couldn't believe my eyes. Have you seen the same movie I watched yesterday? I loved 300 but this one is a million miles from it. I really don't want to write about the performance of Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton because they perfectly matched the movie itself: the storyline, the bloody scenes, the dialogs, everything. Forgettable, CGI-packed action with predictable rhythm of "calm" and intense scenes from beginning to end. As far as I remember, the Persians never destroyed Athens and the "rebirth" of Xerxes was also a joke, not to mention the union of Artemisia and Themistokles. 300 was almost a perfect movie but it has nothing to do with its glorious predecessor.


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