300: Rise of an Empire2014 | Noam Murro
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Sullivan Stapleton | Eva Green | Lena Headey | Hans Matheson | Callan Mulvey | David Wenham | Rodrigo Santoro | Jack O | Andrew Tiernan | Igal Naor | Andrew Pleavin | Peter Mensah | Ben Turner | Ashraf Barhom | Christopher Sciueref
|Niels Risgaard Hansen 2015-02-11|
Fantastic imagery and epic battles for the freedom of Greece
The plot of this movie could have been written on a medium size cocktail napkin. It is really all about one incursion of the Persian invasion of Greece. In fact this installment in the “300-series” is more like a long episode of a TV-series on the same subject. But is it any good? Well… yes! Despite the shallow story and the small plot it is actually an impressive movie. Not so much because of what is going on, but because of the impressive sets, the glorious battles and fantastic images. When I think back on it, I almost sense a Frank Miller atmosphere in some of the scenes. In my book, that is a good thing.
I was not entirely impressed by the performance by Sullivan Stapleton. He just did not have sufficient charisma and presence for the part. His athletic prowess and skills with a sword did not leave me wanting however.
I have never found Eva Green particularly sexy, but her part as Artemisia was disturbingly dangerously attractive. I am not sure why and frankly I am a bit scared.
As mentioned earlier the imagery in this movie is just fantastic. The same goes for the battles, and I am pretty sure the stunt crew have had a great lot of fun making this. A thing I do not understand is why almost every scene had to have debris flying about. During battles it was cinders, after battles it was ashes, visiting Sparta it was dust, etc. I get why it would be a cool effect to add a certain scenes, but almost every single one?
Despite being like a single episode of a TV-series, I am still looking forward to the next installment. If you liked the first 300 movie (which was better in my opinion), this is worth the time. If you like epic battles including ships, swords and tricks of fables, this is absolutely recommendable.