300: Rise of an Empire FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Cruel & Unusual Films present an R Rated, 102 minute, 3D, IMAX, action, drama, war film, directed by Noam Murro, written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad with a theater release date of March 7, 2014.
King Darius (Igal Naor) came to take the Greeks land years ago and in doing so war began. Bloody battles ensued with the loss of lives on both sides, the Greeks and the Persians. When King Darius dies his son vows to revenge his death but according to the times only the Gods could defeat the Greeks so under advice of Commander Artemisia (Eva Green) born a Greek but decided to follow the Persians for her own vengeful reasons, his son is reborn an evil and powerful God known as Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). For glory and vengeance he vows to continue war by destroying the Greek civilization starting with Athens.
Leader of the Greek army, Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) will not back down and along with his warriors they intend to stop at nothing to defeat Xerxes. Themistokles knows though that he cannot win this war without the help of the Spartans so he makes a trip to discuss his plea with Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) for the use of her ships while Leonidas is out at war, a battle he will not win as we know if you’ve seen the first “300” film. Most of the battles that take place are at sea by men that are out to protect their families and their nation.
When Artemisia discovers that her battles are failing and that she is losing her ships and warriors she requests that Themistokles come to her ship in neutral territory to discuss a possible collaboration but when he arrives much more than a discussion occurs as the two partake in a very hot and heavy, throw down sex scene. You see Artemisia was trying to win Themistokles over and have him turn his back on his nation to join forces with the Persians but thankfully the sex was not quite powerful enough for him to swap sides.
The bloody battle takes a full turn for the worse on the high seas as ships sink and men are mutilated and left for dead in the vast seas. Young boys are being turned into memories as lives are taken. Thanks to a hunchback named Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan)Leonidas and his men will never return home and the Greek lands are soon turned into flames from the hands of the Persian army. It is the Greeks that choose to die on their feet rather than live on their knees. In the end when the Greek army has taken its toll it is the ships of Sparta that may save the day, defeating the Persian army.
I did enjoy this film quite a bit although personally found it not to be quite as good as the first one. The battles are extremely graphic and bloodied which is fine since this is more of a guy’s movie and the 3D is wisely used but overall if I have to say one disappointment was the writing since it seemed to have very little character development and dialogue for that matter. Like the first film “300” this continued story has some magnificent special effects, hard to believe it was mostly filmed on a huge green screen. Technically speaking this film is truly a must see on IMAX.
Stapleton was truly demanding and phenomenal as the lead character that is out to protect his Greek heritage. Green was perfect as the female villain and even though she shows a little more than her evil personality she can surely kick butt when she needs to. Headey was commanding and Santoro although not as prominent in this story proves to be a freak of nature perfect for his character. Overall the entire cast is buff, six-packed and barely cloth and all are a phenomenal addition to a story that could have used a bit more dialogue but truthfully speaking will surely do well based on the gruesome battles that are a part of the entire story. This film may not be women friendly but I’m sure will be a huge success with the male audience. Written and thoroughly entertained with two and half paws out of four by Jon Patch.