Blood, sweat and tears is what it cost to make this movie …
blood, sweat and tears is what you get!
To say 300: Rise of an empire is a violent movie, is quite the understatement of the year! This brutal live painting with the smooth CGI-character of a Sin City contains more blood than the blood-waterfall scene of the original Carrie and shows more heads being chopped off and flying body parts than ALL Freddy Krueger– and Michael Myers-movies combined! And yet, this movie has a lot more to offer than gore & guts …
The new 300 is a blockbuster, but to label it as something intelligent is perhaps a bridge too far. There is not much too tell to begin with. King Xerxes still rules with an iron first (or should I say: golden fist, because the demigod seems to be a distant relative of Goldfinger) and anyone crossing his path will be crushed.
Reason enough for half Greece to start a war, although this time the focus of the film is not so much on the barbarian Spartans, but on a group of sculptors, gardeners and politicians who all of a sudden can handle themselves with a sword in the midst of a battle …
One thing is painfully obvious: if you want logic, then I would suggest a Meryl Streep-film. The new 300 is crammed with fabulous flaws. Such is the ability of anyone in the movie to handle a sword like a pro or shoot an arrow with esteem precision.
Main character in this sequel, Themistokles, played by Sullivan Stapleton describes himself an an ordinary man in the street, but it turns out he is just as invincible as the soldiers of the Spartan army in the original movie.
Also present again is queen Gorgo portrayed as before by Lena Headey – who failed to stab a guy with a knife in part 1 – but in this sequel she suddenly possesses extraordinary fighting abilities.
But don’t let this silliness spoil your fun!
300 is pure eye-candy and never seems to bore. The fights are plentiful and even more impressive then in the first part. The slow-motion sequences are magically displayed onto the white screen, as if it were a real-life painting.
The story on the other hand is simplistic enough that it could’ve been written by a 5-year-old toddler, but there is something original about the plot.
300: Rise of an empire isn’t just a prequel (an event that predates part 1), but it’s also a sequel (a follow-up of what you already saw in part 1). Basically it’s an extension of what we saw in the previous movie … still with me?
As for bad guys, King Xerxes returns in full glory, once again mercilessly portrayed by the Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro.
But the one who takes the cake and claims the limelight – and not just because she is a pretty sight – is actress Eva Green. She steps into the shoes of Artemisia, right hand assassin of Xerxes and the prime commander of the gigantic Persian army.
Her sexy appearance in combination with her insatiable thirst for revenge and Greek bloodshed makes her the number 1-attraction of this movie … well, that and one or two cool fight scenes!
did you know?
All the water you see in the movie is fake, even the scenes with the boats. The movie was entirely shot on dry land with the water digitally added in post-production. Director Noam Murro said it gave him great freedom in filming.
Give it to me straight:
300: Rise of an empire is a movie that walks the same path as its predecessor. Once again, you are submerged in liters of blood and amputated body parts that fly in all directions. The male cast in this movie has more testosterone than Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables.
But it has to be said – the storyline is quite interesting. As a viewer you are treated to a story that cleverly jumps back and forth between flashbacks, winks to the previous installment and a futuristic image to wet your appetite for the third (and quite possibly) final film.
Actress Eva Green gets the gold – her character as well as her performance are by far the greatest source of gratification in this stylish yet brutal action blockbuster.