300: Rise of an Empire (2014, United States)
Director: Noam Murro
Czas: 100 minut
Director: Noam Murro
Xerxes becomes new king of Persia and is determined to finish what his father has started - the invasion of Greece.
After death of his father Darius, Xerxes becomes the new king of Persia and is determined to finish what his father was unable to do - invade the whole Greece. He sends his most talented navy commander, Greek woman called Artemisia, to lead the mighty fleet that will crush the enemy and open the gate for invasion. The Greece is again divided by politics and Athens no longer can count on support of Sparta. Themistocles, who killed Darius during the last invasion, will have to use all his skills to stop Artemisia, but the first step is to convince the council in Athens and the king Leonidas of Sparta to stand together against the common enemy. While Leonidas marches with his 300 best men to fight the Persians at Thermopylae, Themistocles is provided with 50 ships, which is far from being suitable for the defence of the country. He knows that the fate of whole nation is up to him, so he has to come up with cunning plan to stop Persian fleet before they can land on Greek homeland.
Sequel to film 300, again based not on real events, but on Frank Miller comic books, f.e. in reality Themistocles did not killed Darius, Darius wasn’t even present during the Battle of Marathon, Artemisia was in fact Greek and the character is real, but she was born wealthy princess, not a slave etc. Since the success of 300 the sequel was highly expected, and as usual the final effect is complete flop (at least when it comes to film value). Where to start the list of flaws? Poor and chaotic script that was suppose to be based on comic books by Frank Miller entitled Xerxes, but unfortunately Miller haven’t even finished drawing them. The plot begins as story of Xerxes and his raise to the power, later it switches to Kill Bill-like story of Artemisia and then switches to story of Themistocles and then turns into total chaos. Another problem with the script is that authors filled it with corny dialogues that try to have some deeper meaning and fail each and every time, the characters are pretty much laughable, acting uninspired (like Eva Green trying to be some sort of badass femme fatale or Sullivan Stapleton who looks nothing like a Greek), historical facts are mixed up, the battle scenes are little bit better, but they lack the style of the original 300 - here we have buckets of blood and not very impressive CGI.
Overall it was really poor attempt to make a sequel to 300 - perhaps it was down to inexperienced director, chaotic script or badly chosen cast, but nothing seemed to be right in this production. The final effect is childish gore-fest.
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300: Rise of an Empire