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Taking place 2,400 years in the past, Prologue depicts a brutal battle between two teams of Spartan and Athenian warriors.

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Richard Williams
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During the Peloponnesian War some 2,400 years ago, a wide and fragrant field in spring becomes the fierce and fateful battleground for two opposing armies: the Athenians of the Delian League, and the Spartans of the Peloponnesian League. Man against man and sword against spear, the soldiers are determined to sacrifice themselves for a greater purpose--the blood-soaked soil under their feet is the ultimate proof. But from afar, a young witness stains her precious innocence with the horrors of men. Is war the answer? Written by Nick Riganas

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23 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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No matter what this film might have meant or it's Oscar nomination, I thoroughly hated it.
6 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was a very unusual nominee at the screening because it was shown last (after the commended shorts) and carried a lengthy warning that children should not stay in the theater to see it. After seeing "Prologue", I completely understand and it is not appropriate for children. However, I also think it's not appropriate to be seen by anyone!

The film is gorgeously animated using pencils and a bit of colored pencil. I loved this style of animation and the film was beautiful...yet I give it a D rating. This is because there is almost no story at all and the film was just god-awful and joyless.

It consists of four people fighting some sort of itsy-bitsy war in ancient times. Like some of these ancient warriors, two of them were naked, but their genitalia didn't offend me. After all, that is how some of them most likely fought. What bothered me was that there really wasn't any story...just four guys viciously killing each other...very viciously. There is blood galore as well as a lovely scene near the end when one of them stabs the other to death by plunging a sword into the other guy's testicles! Or was it his anus...either way, it was just incredibly nasty and gross...and seemingly pointless.

UPDATE: The Oscar went to "Bear Story".


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