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BLU-RAY REVIEW: FTN reviews 300 Rise Of An Empire

September 30th, 2014 by Big Phil Comments


300: Rise of an Empire (18)
Directed by: Noam Murro
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
Running time: 102 min

Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), an Athenian General and hero for slaying The King of Persia ten years ago, must unite all of Greece from the oncoming onslaught by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the King’s Son.

Transformed into a living God, Xerxes, along with his most prized General, Artemisia (Eva Green), the Persians continue their fight with Greece. But can Themistokles unite all of Greece including Sparta and find the ships he needs to win his battle at sea before all of Greece fall?

Its been eight years since 300 leapt across the silver screen and trailed with it gallons of CGI blood, screams and rippling 6-packs, but carrying with it a script that was certainly not of epic proportions. 300: Rise of an Empire, set during the same period at its predecessor, has more screams and battle cries, more CGI blood, more 6-packs than an off license, but sadly the acting is as wooden as the ships that carry these Adonis.

The acting is physical and the film is simply one fight scene after another, complete with ultra slo-mo speed so that the blood literally spits out at the viewer. There are clashes of shield, hacked limbs and now that the battles are mostly at sea, we have added crashing waves and smashing of oars.

The film is let down very badly by its clunky script; indeed this is a film where the dialogue is only a second or perhaps third addition to this film, next to the action and the CGI. At times the audience will simply chuckle at the one liners or woeful attempts to blend battle speeches with a hint of Greek-esque poetry.

The battle scenes do tend to drag on and at times the viewer is watching an extended episode of Spartacus, complete with nudity, gore and violence. The film completes its decent into decadence with a sex scene that is neither erotic nor entertaining and appears to have been added simply to appeal to the teenage male audience that its clearly aimed at.

For an action film based upon an exciting graphic novel, the movie is, inexcusably boring. However, fans of the first film will surely love this open-ended sequel and will enjoy baying for the CGI blood that splatters its way across the screen.

2 out of 5 Nerds

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