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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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Battle to the Death
26 February 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Prologue (2015)

*** (out of 4)

Richard Williams bizarre animated short managed to pick up an Oscar nomination and it's somewhat hard to believe considering how violent and gory the picture is. The film takes place over two thousand years ago as Spartan and Athenian fighters do battle to the death.

It seems that reviews are rather mixed on this one and it's easy to see why. The film contains some full frontal nudity, graphic violence and some gore, which will certainly have your eyes wide open but at the same time I guess this might be too much for some even in an animated form. For the most part I thought the six minutes went by fast and I'd argue that the animation itself was quite good. There's really no story to speak of but just violent battle sequences with blood flowing.


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