300: Rise Of An Empire - Review
300: Rise Of An Empire – March 7, 2014 (9.5/10)
300: Rise Of An Empire successfully builds off the original movie while maintaining the same level of quality. The story, characters and action sequences stay faithful to the world Frank Miller created. So however you felt about 300, you’ll have the same reaction to this sequel. As a Greek, I can’t help but love both these movies.
This story is based off Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes, which follows the Athenian Army and Navy during the same timeline as 300. This made for an interesting story because the movie showed you what was going on in other parts of Greece during the Persian invasion. So you get a chance to see how the Athenian Navy fought back while the Spartan Army was doing the same. And both stories seamlessly flowed together.
I was surprised that the new director, Noam Murro, did such a great job with the action sequences because his only other movie was the 2008 Comedy, Smart People. So I have no idea why he was considered for the job, but the risk paid off. The violence in this film was much more brutal than the original. 300’s action was beautiful and looked like a living painting. But in 300: Rise Of An Empire, the battles were ruthlessly savage. They were still fun to watch but I prefer the more artistic approach.
The only thing I hated about the movie was the CGI blood. It was easily the worst blood effects I’ve ever seen. The color, consistency and flow of it were all wrong. It instantly took me out of the movie because it looked cartoonish. When you have a brutal war film, the blood needs to match the rest of the movie or the entire production suffers.
Overall, 300: Rise Of An Empire is a must see for fans of the original. It was also nice having more human characters than all the creatures in the previous film. In addition, Eva Green makes for a great villain and it was refreshing to have a female antagonist. The movie definitely earns its R-rating for the sex and violence. This is another great story from Greek history and mythology and it needs to be seen in all its glory in IMAX theaters.