Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield--on the sea--as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
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A much awaited follow up of the epic 300 (2007) is finally here. When I first heard about this movie, I was wondering if it was going to be a sequel or a prequel. Well, it's actually both.Taking the legacy of Greeks and Spartans upfront, this movie is sheer treat. Surprisingly great in story, jaw dropping slo-mo action sequences and nonetheless a pin point scripted humor. Hell lot of bloodshed, more six packs, more action. When I went out of the theater my heart was pouring from the jolt of pure movie entertainment. This movies has got everything to make your weekend better.
One of the best things about 300 was Gerard Butler and his larger than life performance as Leonidas. Initially, they planned for him to come back, but he didn't want to reprise his role. He is sorely missed here and the void left by his absence is never really filled although, Eva Green comes awfully close. She by far has the most interesting character and easily gives the best performance, but despite a tragic back story, she's a villain, which makes it hard to sympathize with her character. Instead, we get Stapleton to take Butler's place and while his performance is fine, his character Themistocles is no Leonidas. The way Xerxes became a God King and the way he acted on a vengeance to destroy Greece with Athens and Sparta, this was indeed a challenge to direct and produce both. Everyone did justice to their roles till the core.
The best feature of this movie is the screen play. Throttling action sequences with hell lot of brutality and bloodshed. They delivered enough punches to hold the interest of viewer till the end. A smartly plotted story which took a turn around from the past and merged into the existing one.. One thing than can be said about this film is that it's never boring. It moves at a nice pace from battle to battle, but those looking for the same experience the first film gave them will be disappointed.
The sound, the action sequences really do pop out! And made this movie one hell of a ride! For me background scoring took the entire movie on track and gave another level of visual treat. All summed up and 300: Rise of an Empire accomplishes much more than any movie of its kind could aspire to.