300: Rise of an Empire

300EmpireTitleSullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
Eva Green as Artemisia
Jack O’Connor as Calisto
Hans Matheson as Aeschylus
Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes
Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo

Remember 300? Well, it finally got a sequel. This sequel continues the story about the Spartans fighting off the invading Persians. As with the original 300, this fantasy flick is not to be confused with The Lord of the Rings or Hunger Games. It’s pretty much an action flick. But while no classic, it seems good enough in my view.

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The obligatory execution from the evil overlord, er, overlady.

We begin with the first of many flashbacks. Because it had been seven years since the first movie, these flashbacks tell us the story thus far. This particular film’s story is about the army of Sparta finally fighting the Persians. This time, though most of the fighting is not by land but by sea. Yes, there’s some serious ship action.

Performances are decent. I’d say that stars Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green as the hero and villainess are good. Not great but good, owning to the emotion and dramatization they project. Everyone else is just so-so.

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Not surprisingly, the “this is Sparta” line is used again.

The action makes use of CGI for ship-to-ship battle. This is very well-done. I guess after over a decade of medieval armies clashing onscreen, there are innovations to be found yet.

As you might have guessed from the poster above, this is a decidedly gorier film than the original. CGI is used to show a lot of blood. I mean Mortal Kombat style blood. I’m pretty sure real people don’t have as much blood in them as some people in this movie shed. All that’s left is for a narration to yell, “Fatality!”

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You can clearly see that this movie isn’t for everyone.

As far as plot goes, I really wouldn’t expect too much. It’s not nonexistent or anything, but it’s definitely secondary to the action. And while that action is solid, it does not a great film make.

There’s really not much to say about 300: Rise of an Empire. That’s why this review was so short. As for the movie, like its predecessor, there’s a fun time to be had, but not an unforgettable one.

Overall: 7 out of 10

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