300 Rise of An Empire Movie Review

Posted by David D'Angelo | 3/08/2014 03:18:00 PM | , | 0 comments »


We are  all stunned by 300, when it first came out in 2007.  The film, although highly fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae during the Persian War was received with positive review and was well watched and enjoyed.  After 7 years, the film was followed by 300: Rise of An Empire.  I first though that it was a sequel but I was proven wrong.

The film will answer a lot of your questions about Leonidas and what happened after the brave 300 dies.  It will also reveal the root cause of the Persian invasion. 300:  Rise of An Empire is based on theas-yet-unreleased Frank Miller graphic novel Xerxes. Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote the original film, acts as writer and producer on Rise of an Empire.

I watched the film together with my eldest son, John Dwight at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX 3D Cinema.  It was also a 16th birthday gift for him and I was not disappointed to be going there and watching this film.  Of course there was free food and also met some of my cosplay buddies including the famous superman and the Leonidas epic cosplayer of all time.

Before making my review I viewed some of the general ratings for the movie and I was surprised that most people would just give this film 50/100, well here is my movie review of 300: Rise of An Empire.

CHARACTER:  9.  I commend all the characters for their performance and portrayal, as well as how they communicate to the audience the feelings of actual battle during that time.  Although it is not an accurate hustorical portrayal, the characters were all superb.  

Eva Green's performance as Artemis was for me the most captivating in the film.  Her role and her characterization as a bithcy and highly skilled female warrior was very realistic and effective.  She is someone that even exist in real life and is also hated by both allies and enemies.  The battle between  Themistocles of Athens and Artemisia I of Caria, was something that I look forward to, and though it is short, I did enjoy it.  I was puzzled though of the bravery of Themistocles' horse who ran across the fleet and even across fire, something very rare for a horse.

Here are the cast:   
  • Sullivan Stapleton as Themistocles
  • Eva Green as Artemisia
  • Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo[12]
  • Hans Matheson as Aesyklos[13]
  • Callan Mulvey as Scyllias
  • David Wenham as Dilios
  • Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes
  • Jack O'Connell as Calisto
  • Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes
  • Yigal Naor as Darius I[14]
  • Andrew Pleavin as Daxos
  • Ben Turner as General Artaphernes
  • Ashraf Barhom as General Bandari
  • Christopher Sciueref as General Kashani
  • Gerard Butler as King Leonidas Michael Fassbender as Stelios 
COHERENCE:  8.  The movie was non-linear.  It wull start at the middle where the wife of Leonidas talks to Spartans on what to do after they were defeated.  It will then move along with her narrating the story 10 years ago where Themistocles slayed King Darius of Persia with an arrow and how Xerxes rise into power.  In the end, it will show the beginning of the rise of the Roman Empire.  The story is something that will interest most of us to go back into Roman history and read it... perhaps know what really happened.

DEPTH:  6.  The story focuses on battle hence it does not dwell much on the internal politics during that era,  It concentrated more on the blood and gore of each deadly strike and the human process of bleeding and dying.  There is too much blood in fact which makes the movie rated R16.

However, the movie tells us of the big difference between Sparta and Athens and how despite the lack of proper discipline and training people can wage war and win because of nationalism and a great tactician and strategist as a leader.

MUSIC:  10.  The music was very effective in giving you the feel of battle.  It was tailored-fit to let you have a close experience of war as much as possible.

VISUAL EFFECTS:  8.  The blood gushes and flow was simply too much but for me it is manageable still and I admire how it is done.  The slow motion cinematic effect was also something worth commending.  It is highly recommended though to watch this movie in 3D in order for you to fully enjoy everything.

POPULARITY:  9.  I would like to believe that this movie is highly popular specially in the Philippines where we have our own version of the story of 300 called, "Benjo: Ang Paglalakbay."

RECOMMENDATION:  10.  I am highly recommending this movie to everyone, of course to those 16 years old and above.  It is a movie that will bring you back to history and also let you experience the blood and gore of battle.


So if you have time and want to watch something that will be worth every penny you have then visit your nearest SM Cinema or SM IMAX and watch 300: Rise of An Empire.

Again, thanks to SM Cinema.

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