300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire

Noam Murro (2013)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This worthy companion piece to Zack Snyder's 300 depicts events that run parallel to the Spartan massacre. General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) rallies his fellow Grecians together against the massive Persian navy led by ruthless commander Artemisia (Eva Green). Like 300, the film is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel, and director Noam Murro skilfully sticks to what worked the first time in terms of raw, full-blooded violence and rugged, thunderous action. Fleshed out with the origins of god-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the genesis of Artemisia's revenge plot, a wildly hilarious acrobatic seduction scene and some fantasy creatures, it's an enthralling tidal wave of epic sea battles, balletic combat shocks and artful slow-motion, all stunningly designed and beautifully rendered with resplendent CGI augmentation. While Stapleton can't quite match the charisma of Gerard Butler's King Leonidas, a breathtaking Green does evil in the highest style possible, despite being saddled with the most risible dialogue.

Summary

Ruler of the Persian empire and self-proclaimed god Xerxes continues his campaign to crush the emerging Greek nation, forcing a general from the democratic city state of Athens to lead his navy into battle against Xerxes' vast armada. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey.

Cast & Crew

Themistocles Sullivan Stapleton
Artemisia Eva Green
Queen Gorgo Lena Headey
Xerxes Rodrigo Santoro
Dilios David Wenham
Aeskylos Hans Matheson
Scyllias Callan Mulvey
Calisto Jack O'Connell
Director Noam Murro
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: violence, a sex scene, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Mar 2014
Drama