Archive for March 7th, 2014

7th March
2014
written by Adam

Offering further explanation and depth to the political tides turning within the story of the 300, we meet warrior turned politician Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton). Following Themistokles journey across Greece and surrounding territories the stage is set as Persian forces led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green) march and sail closer still. Defending Greece will take a combined effort on all fronts, but is it already too late? 300rise Directed by Noam Murro and partially written by Zack Snyder, Rise of an Empire is an ambitious piece that strives for the look, feel, and texture of 2006’s 300, and for the most part mission accomplished. Pseudo film noir comic book stop motion blood spattering to the max certainly makes this 2014’s bloodiest major release to date, but in many regards makes this feel like a one trick pony. And, while it’s a little hard to digest the somewhat simpleton dialogue, our principals seem to recite their lines with such seriousness, that that in itself is an accomplishment. Totally gratuitous sex will keep the fan boys titallated, and setup for a part three seems inevitable. It’s big loud and unapologetic, hmmm, maybe a matinee for graphic novel fans? 300: Rise of an Empire is rated R.

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