MOVIE REVIEW- 300: Rise of an Empire
|MOVIE REVIEW- 300: Rise of an Empire|
If you’ve seen 300, the 2007 epic that grossed half a billion dollars in worldwide box office, you might be asking how there is a sequel. 300: Rise of an Empire isn’t actually a sequel – or a prequel- but takes place before, during and after the events in 300. If you loved 300, you will absolutely love Rise of an Empire.
300: Rise of an Empire spans both before, during and after the events of our favorite mighty Spartans in 300. Beginning with Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) back story, we see what made him the God-King he becomes. He is pushed to be the monster that he transforms into by adviser and Persian Navy Commander Artemisia (played by Eva Green). From there we see Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempt to unite Greece in a war against the invading Persians, while elsewhere, Leonidas is leading his famed army of 300. Themistokles must rally enough forces to take on Artemisia and the Persian invaders.
While it may be hard to believe, the visuals in 300: Rise of an Empire are even more stunning then in it’s predecessor – quite a feat to overcome. The addition of 3D adds an incredible reality that must truly be experienced to be believed. Great care has gone into the 3D filming of Rise of an Empire and it’s worth every penny.
The action, this time, is even bigger then 300, much of it taking place on the high seas. This gives director Noam Murro plenty of huge set pieces to work amazingly beautiful choreographed battle scenes into the movie for the viewers pleasure.
Artemisia really raises the stakes for 300: Rise of an Empire. While 300 was almost exclusively a male driven movie, she adds an entirely new dynamic to the story. Make no mistake, she’s no princess. It certainly would have been easier for Frank Miller to take the story into an unnecessary love subplot. He didn’t and the film is all the better for it.
Bloodier, prettier, bigger and even more fun, 300: Rise of an Empire is what we’ve been waiting 7 years for. I only hope we don’t have to wait another 7 for the next installment.
Bottom Line: A