Saturday, March 8, 2014

Review~300: Rise of an Empire

"300 Rise of an Empire is a visual odyssey and a more than worthy follow up to it's 2006 predecessor".

300: Rise of an Empire stormed it's way into theaters March 7, 2014. The Noam Murro/ Zack Synder film is Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. This film pits Themistocles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

What makes the film such a compelling story is that it incorporates elements of a prequel as well as a sequel while still dealing with film events happening in the present. 300 Rise of an Empire opens with Athens burning. Men of Athens are being slaughtered mercilessly while naked Athenian women are being dragged away from their homes to be ravaged. Simultaneously as this is happening, Themistocles is mounting a navel attack against Persia while the Spartans grapple and train with one another. It was refreshing to see the missing tidbits and background history to some of the most iconic scenes from the first film. We are even treated to the background stories of many of the characters including King Darius, Xerxes, Artemesia and the poor Persian emissary that is kicked down the Spartan well in the first film.

Eva Green's character( Artemesia) was the one of the highlights of the movie, She outclassed most of the other cast members; however the lead actor, Sullivan Stapleton (Themistocles) did a solid job as well., He played the roll of the convincing alpha male his character should have been. The dialogue is somewhat racey, but as you might expect ,this movie is not for the faint of heart,it's filled with ultra-violence, some brief nudity, a rough sex scene and some strong pervaisive language.

If you enjoyed 300, you are going to feel right at home with 300: Rise of an Empire. It is just as innovative as its predecessor, and does a good job preserving the look and feel of the stylized universe. It’s not as quotable as 300, (“This is Sparta!”) but it did have some great quotes here and there ( "If death comes I'm ready" & "Seize your glory") is a more than complimentary follow up to the 2006 film that will leave you rooting for more.