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on 30 March 2009
When I was a child this was my favourite story together with all the other greek myths and stories. This film is rousing and great fun with great visuals and action. The story of the 300 spartans is a myth that has transcended the centuries. Great Film
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on 4 September 2007
Great great great. Please can everyone stop saying how accurate or inaccurate the story is. NO ONE KNOWS!
This film is one persons interpretation of an already diluted in time story. it's a version i like alot. I loved the action sequences, the slow motion was well suited, the sounds effects, the tongue in cheek humour. The six packs were a brilliant addition and gave the males an altoghether more heroic feel to them. I loved the look of the film and some scenes were worthy of the national gallery.
If any bunch of guys COULD have done what is said in history then these guys were the guys for the job.
Can't wait to buy the DVD when it's released.
I walked out of the cinema feeling like i had just had a really big fight for my pride, and won.
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on 21 March 2012
Are you brave enough fight and risk your life against an enormous Persian army with 300 men at your side?

Well, all this is what happens in the movie called 300. The setting takes place in many places such as the Thermopylae, Sparta and other different locations of Ancient Greece. Dilios, a Spartan warrior narrates the story if his dead king Leonidas, who lost his life in battle. In this narration, Dilios tells stories end events that involve betrayal and lesthat caused the battle of the Thermopylae to become a living nightmare for the king Leonidas and his army. This movie shows what human will in order to defend his nation and people is capable of; as well as showing what a person is capable of in order to get power and wealth.

I like a lot this movie because it shows you many characteristics of human thinking; as well as historical moments which are all shown with awesome special effects.
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on 3 August 2007
To all those who question the historical accuracy and the strange depiction of the persian army in this movie you do not realise how the movie has been done. It is done in the same style as the plays by the Greeks themselves following the defeat of the persian army. The Athenians depicted the greek warriors as six-pack toting demi-gods who stand tall and proud over a twisted and evil enemy. The masks worn by the immortals are typical of the greek plays. It's a biased over-the-top glorification of the heroic stand against the persian evil from a victorious greek perspective. Historical inaccuracy is not an invention of hollywood, the greeks were doing it a long time ago. The film is visually stunning and really is an epic. Imagine how the spartans would have told the story and this is the film version of their story.
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on 19 December 2007
First off, several reviews before me have stated that this film has not transferred well to HD. I completely disagree, the quality of the picture is one of the best I have seen so far. I can only think that sometimes the film shows some scenes a little grainy, however this is the style of the picture and is a purposeful decision im sure of that.

As for the storyline, there isn't much of that to be honest but as a visual spectacle its up there with the best. I loved it.
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VINE VOICEon 26 March 2007
An impressive film with stunning visuals (filmed entirely in front of a green screen) and exciting battle scenes. The dialogue can be a bit two dimensional with little character development but the battle scenes really are extraordinary - some of the action is presented in slow motion, which may have been done in other films (like Matrix) but it is still very stylishly handled here.

There are elements of fantasy in 300 - creatures stemming purely from the imagination - but I feel this adds to the film. Please note this is a gory film with limbs and heads being sliced off almost at will so might not be for the most squeamish of viewers.

The best way to describe 300 is Troy meets Lord Of The Rings with a little bit of Sin City thrown in (it is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel after all). This is a much better film than Troy (which was disappointing) and one that I enjoyed very much - just a shame the battle scenes are interrupted by some unnecessary dialogue at times.

Overall - very good and definitely worth watching.
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on 26 November 2007
Ok first off to be clear this is *not* Gladiator and yes the poetic license take with historical accuracy borders on abuse. If your after the real story then read up on the Battle of Thermopylae.

What this film does have in great big dollops is style and is visually stunning. The Spartans are suitably hammed up as the gung-ho, hard as nails warriors of legend.

All in all it's a highly entertaining bit of fun that thinks it's far clever than it really is, wrapped up in a very pretty box.
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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2007
'300' is the movie adaption of Frank Miller's ground-breaking graphic novel and is directed by Zach Snyder. The ancient city of Sparta likes to beleive in warrior philosophy, and the king of Sparta, Leonidas refuses to kneel to the demands of Persia's King Xerxes. Instead, Leonidas leads his 300-man army against Xerxes's army of millions. Meanwhile, his wife campaigns in Sparta for the city to send reinforcements to help the 300 as she battles with the treacherous Theron.

After a fairly slow start the action then picks up and literally doesn't stop. The battle sequences are absolutely breath-taking. With thousands of soldiers on the screen at one time, it is so spectacular it gives even Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy a run for it's money. The action is also extremely violent and gory, so expect severed limbs and spear-pierced bodies in every battle. Where it lacks well-known Hollywood actors it makes up for in brilliant acting. Gerard Butler plays Leonidas as if he really does know and own his city and it's people and leads his 300 Spartans very believably, with passion and pride in his performance. The only letdown here is his Scottish accent which kind of takes the realism out of it a little. Another notable and outstanding (if brief) performance is from the giant Robert Maillet who plays the Uber Immortal in one of the battles and is truly terrifying.

The style of the movie is very similar to that of Sin City (another of Frank Miller's creations) where it is a combination of live-action and CGI animation, giving it an all-over comic book feel to it. There is a kind-of grainy look to it also which takes a lot of the HD effect away from the picture when watching it on Blu Ray. This is disappointing as the battles would have looked even more amazing if they were in the full, sharp picture that movies usually have. The sound quality is awesome. If you're watching it through a surround sound set-up you will really feel like you are there, it is that good! I think this is where watching it on Blu Ray really has it's advantages with this film.

Overall this is a great action film with a bit of history to be learnt at the same time (even if it is a little far from the truth!). It's very brutal and bloody but is a fanatasic film that you can just sit back and enjoy without really thinking about it. I definitely recommend this highly but would suggest saving a bit of money and buying this on normal DVD rather than Blu Ray as the picture quality isn't all that different here.
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VINE VOICEon 5 October 2007
Brillant film great slow motion fights with huge giants and a really traitorus and evil hunchback thing make this nice and gorey.

Loved this film starting with the training of a Spartan right upto the incredible fighting scenes in the valley and the over the top kings who think they are gods and silver faced Immortals.

A film very easy to watch and get into instantly.
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on 17 September 2007
OK, I grant you, this movie is about as historically accurate as Braveheart, but it's a movie, not a documentary. I don't think anyone would see this film and think that it was a true reflection on historical events. There are quite a few differences from the graphic novel but the general feel remains the same. A whole new story line including the queen serves the plot very well. The battle scenes are brilliantly choreographed and the Spartans look genuinely menacing. A great rock/classical soundtrack back the film up, and the ending speech is quite inspiring.
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