Rated: R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 7, 2014 Released by: Warner Brothers
300: Rise of an Empire, is a violent bloody comic book film that spends most of its time cutting and skewering rather than plotting politics and battles.
Persians and Greeks are at it again, this time mostly in sea battles with ships ramming each other and warriors slashing at each other with swords, axes and arrows. Directed specifically at those who want action similar to the blood spraying in the comic book world it delivers the goods.
Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), leads the Greeks who are determined to save the Greek states from the Persian attack lead by Artemisia (Eva Green). Green has the most fun playing the hard nose tough leader who even kisses the severed head of an enemy, on the lips as she disposes of the severed body part. She also lends her sexual abilities in an attempt to win over Themistokles but fails even though he takes pleasure in and advantage of the situation.
Battle scenes are at times effective as ships ram each other and warriors flow from one ship to another. The use of flaming fluids to destroy ships also provides some colorful drama during the battles.
Green has moved far since her 2003 well known part in Dreamers which revolved around three teens experimenting with sex and each other in a foreign city vacation. Here she is the star and in a part that is far more mature and way over the top as a Persian leader.
The diminished plot revolves around who will become allies and who will betray who as the battle approaches. But this is not a film to learn history it is simply an action blood letting film which will please fans of this bloody feast.
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