Sunday, 9 March 2014

300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire is not really a sequel of the actual 300 movie. It's most a sort of parallel event, happening while the movie is taking place. A Greek general Themistocles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. 

I wasn't a huge fan of the first movie, but I found it visually groundbreaking. Queen Gorgo is telling the story this time around, it's an opportunity to revisit and reliving the character of this strong but not very known Queen in the 300 movie. She actually embodies the bridge between past and present events. There a few female characters  again this time (obvious for an Action-Drama-War movie) but they're very strong, and most importantly very interesting characters. In fact warriors still fight for a Glorious death. My favourite character is Artemisia, starring Eva Green. She's not a one dimensional character, which could have been the danger here. Along the film we're able to discover her back story, which is quiet rare - to see where the characters come from, especially in those films. Moreover, Artemisia's back story kind of ad some humanity to her. Indeed, she was wounded mentally and physically, when she was a child her family got killed by Greeks. Now, we can understand why she's on a mission to revenge her family and killed Greeks boldly. On the other hand, the war hero: Themistocles,  is a little bit boring. But he delivers good battle speeches and good action scenes though. The visual effects are stunning, epic, ambitious and still breathtaking. The slow-motion depicts battle scenes quiet like moving paintings on an even greater scale because of the main challenging components such as being on water or costumes. This "sequel" is done with just about as much skills as the first 300 movie. Finally, I  was hold at the same feeling of the 300 movie but it shows a new angle which displays that the Greeks are doing their own thing (till Queen Gorgo and Sparta's navy come save them btw). 

Overall, 300: Rise of an Empire has a not so great hero but a very good female villain character.

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