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300: Rise of an Empire Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another fresh film review and this one comes in the form of 300: Rise of an Empire. The 300 was fun at the time of its release but after a while I really started to dislike it and thought it was fairly overrated. Now I had zero interest in watching this film, I thought it was an unnecessary film to cash-in on the original’s former success, plus since every film since 300 has borrowed the same kind of visual style and action sequences I questioned whether it was really worth revisiting this world again. But for better or worse the sequel is here so let’s talk about it.

So the story goes like this:

“After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.”

I thought the story was serviceable as it was neither completely bad or really good either. The film presented some engaging and interesting storylines to check out beyond the plot of the last film. I think it was a neat idea to try and do a non-linear kind of film with multiple character stories taking place before during and after the events of the last film, but the execution isn’t as well done as well as other films that have attempted th same style of storytelling. It also doesn’t help that this film has a LOT of exposition that can become quite tiring at points.


When it comes to the characters only a handful of them are worth mentioning as most of the cast are pretty unremarkable and don’t leave that much of a lasting impression. Firstly Sullivan Stapleton is good as Themistocles, as the main guy in this film he had a lot to live up to because of Gerard Butler’s performance and while Stapleton doesn’t have the same kind of screen presence or charisma as Butler, he is still pretty hardcore. Eva Green as Artemisia is a bit of a mixed bag, while Green is gorgeous, deadly and unforgiving, at the same time she is over-the-top, constantly moody and not as cool as I hoped she’d be. Plus Green’s fight scenes were pretty disappointing, they lacked any proper movement, style or unique traits. Lena Headey is still awesome as Queen Gorgo, I think I’ve really warmed Headey since watching her in Game of Thrones, she has a strong, dominant and awesome screen presence and she carries that over to this film to great effect. She was probably my second favourite character because she was cool, beautiful, courageous and could kick ass too in style. And then there’s Rodrigo Santoro who returns to do a good job as King Xerxes, the character still looks pretty ridiculous, but somehow has a very deep and manly voice.


As for the presentation it is decent enough, though there are some flaws. This film preserves the 300 look pretty well, everything is dark, brown-ish and low in shadows. The film is also full of all the violence and slow motion you remember from the previous film… However the slow motion has increased by like fifty percent! I swear everything is in slow motion, people walking, fighting, turning, jumping, sharpening swords, dripping blood or sinking in water, all of it is in slow motion and it gets really old, really fast. About 85% of the film is in slow motion, it is absurd. The action sequences are pretty cool and is one of the film’s highlights, though the green screen doesn’t look as effective as it did before and the CGI blood just looks bad.


In conclusion 300: Rise of an Empire is alright, as follow-up to 300 it is pretty decent. It basically introduces some new characters and story but keeps everything similar in the tone and atmosphere to the last film. If you liked the first 300 then you’ll have fun with Rise of an Empire, however if you’re overly interested in the last film then you won’t find anything new here.

Rating: 6.5/10 (The film mainly works thanks to its over-the-top fight sequences)

So what did you think of 300: Rise of an Empire? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂


Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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Learn Who’s in the Running to Play Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay now this is more like it, there really hasn’t been too much information on Guardians of the Galaxy for a while now. Besides learning that James Gunn was going to write and direct the film, there hasn’t been much information in terms of the story and characters involved. However now we finally have some information about casting and superherohype provides us with information about the actors up for a crucial role:

“Quite arguably Marvel Studios’ most offbeat property to date, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now in the casting stage and today Deadline has learned of eight actors up for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord.

According to the site, the current list of names auditioning for the part includes Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), James Marsden (X-Men), Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

The Quill character is likely to be the central protagonist of the film. Raised on Earth, Quill learns that his father was from outer space and is drawn into an intergalactic conflict that eventually leads to him becoming the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Also said to be on the movie team’s roster are the characters Drax the Destroyer, Groot, Rocket Racoon and Gamora. Check back for casting details on those roles as they emerge.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014.”

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Well there are some interesting choices, the only actors I am familiar with this Garrett Hedlund from On The Road and Tron: Legacy, Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire and James Marsden from the previous X-Men trilogy. I also find it interesting that Eddie Redmayne is in the running for this role and Harry Osborn in the next Spider-Man film, he gets about doesn’t he? But in terms of who I’d like to see in the role I’d say Huston would be awesome because of his work in Boardwalk Empire, but recently Hedlund has proved himself as a capable actor in On The Road so I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the role either. Marsden doesn’t really seem like the leader type, I wasn’t really kind on his portrayal of Cyclops in the X-Men films so yeah not really keen on him there. As for the rest of those guys I don’t know much about them to comment so good luck to them.

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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Films, Media


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