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4.0 out of 5 stars ECSTASY OF STEEL AND FLESH, 16 Mar 2014
This review is from: 300: Rise Of An Empire [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
There is nothing like epic historical fantasy to piss-off the Iranians once again. This story starts at Marathon where Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) kills King Darius (Igal Naor) wearing a costume stolen from Emperor Ming. Darius' son Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) goes on to become a "god-king" and getting a minor role, while looking like the incarnate of evil. Persia has Artemis I of Caria (a pale Eva Green) lead the navy against Greece where Themistocles is attempting to unite the Greek city states to defeat the invading Persians. Sparta wants to go its own way. The 300 Spartans we get to see laying on the ground dead, post battle as Xerxes proclaims victory and moves on to Athens. I guess that was my bad expecting to see the 300 do battle and that whole thing about the goat path because someone put "300" in the title of the film.

This is the adult fantasy version of the story. There was plenty of slow motion blood splatter. They like the blood to land on the camera lens (or glass) and look suspended in the air for a while. The speeches given in the film were necessary for the production, but were completely boring. "Freedom is her wisdom has chosen you to defend her."

There is also both male and female narration because not everyone knows butchered Greek History. This film takes liberties with the accounts of Plutarch, Herodotus, and Polyaenus. For instance, Artemis I of Caria was actually Queen of Halicarnassus and only commanded five ships. Her character is greatly multiplied in this film.

Good popcorn film for adults. Nothing more.

Parental Guide: 2 F-bombs. Night time distant rape. sex. nudity (Eva Green )
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Initial post: 4 May 2014 16:18:16 BDT
Sam says:
You seem to have forgotten we see the 300 (and the goat path incident) at Thermopylae in the first 300 film, this is about another section of the same war.
If you watch the first one you should also be well aware of the alterations to the story and stretches to historical accuracy.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014 16:27:49 BDT
Sam I am aware of that. They named this film 300, not me. This is not a stretch of history, but a fantasy

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2014 18:23:26 BDT
powderfinger says:
We also need to remember that (paraphrase) "History is written by the victors". Most history set this long ago was either made up to suit somebody's agenda, or was written long after the actual events anyway. It's accuracy must be questioned.
My point is, a director's agenda will not stop me enjoying a film, if it's any good.
Glad to see you enjoyed the film, judging by your 4 stars. I too am a history fan/buff, and am aware of film-makers liberties, as you are, I'm sure.
Regards
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