300: Rise of an Empire Review

It has taken 7 years for this sequel to materialize. Many still talk about those fight scenes and slow motion shots and with the announcement of this sequel, you can understand how lots of guys will be flocking to the cinema to get a taste of this gritty battle on screen.

Without Gerard Butler though, some might wonder how different this film will be? Well let’s find out.

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The Plot

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 Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistocles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

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The Verdict

Well there’s definitely a lot of expectation especially with how the first film captivated so many audiences with it’s fresh style and dramatic colour. I think many film makers have tried to replicate that classic slow motion visuals and even tweaking the colour on screen to make it more “comic book” like in that sense.

I’m no film maker but I have TV producers and editors who all want to watch this film to appreciate it as an art piece and I think that’s just what it is. To bring back the memory of that style that first caught our attention many years ago and made Gerard Butler famous.

This movie is not so much a direct sequel but more of what else was going on while Leonidas and his brave 300 were holding their ground at the Hot Gates. Of course by the middle it is revealed that he has fallen and Themistokles’ attempt to unite all of Greece against the Persians really takes shape.

It is good to see the return of Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, a link person for the 2 movies and 2 similar plots. I must say the outstanding actor for me has to be Eva Green who possessed that physicality to stand among men or warriors but more importantly I think she was a bit mental and in a good way for the role. Hey I was convinced that this actress was nuts and solely motivated to the destruction of Greece.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

It’s not quite the same as the first movie and doesn’t feature as much Spartan battle. I did feel that Gerard Butler was missed in this film but it is a different film and features a different angle of the war and that alone was good enough reason to watch this film.

300: Rise of an Empire opens in cinemas 6 March 2014

Images courtesy of Warner Bros Singapore

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