Staring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, David Wenham and Rodrigo Santoro
Directed by: Noam Murro
‘300: Rise of an Empire’ isn’t really a sequel or a prequel. The events in this film happen during the same events of Leonidas and his 300 soldier’s during their battle with Persian God Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his many soldiers. The story revolves around Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) and his battle against the Persian at sea, with the evil Artemisia (Eva Green) in Persian command.
‘300: Rise of an Empire’ relied a lot on it CGI blood and slow motion battle scenes, which wasn’t really a bad thing in the beginning. However, the battle scenes did seem a little over done by the end of the film. I did enjoy the film for what it was, but it was missing a lot of what made ‘300’ special in the first place. Gerard Butlers performance in ‘300’ was fantastic and I feel that a performance was missing in this film. Butler carried the film through most of its runtime and I didn’t feel Sullivan Stapleton rose to that occasion. However, Eva Green, who played Persian Commander Artemisia, stole the show for me with his over the top performance. She was bad and sexy at the same time.
If you are going to see this with a parent, be careful of the over-the-top sex scene. It was probably one of the weirdest, most awkward sex scenes I’ve ever seen. It just came literally out of nowhere. There will definitely be another 300 film and I’m praying it’s a direct sequel so we can get some resolution to the story. If you like action movies, than chances are you’ll like 300. I didn’t really want to see it as I was expecting it to be awful, but it wasn’t all that bad and is worth an I-MAX viewing.