Sunday, 29 June 2014

Noam Murro’s “300: Rise of an Empire”

Reviewed by Nancy Snipper

Don’t expect historical accuracy here, but the exaggeration is effectively dramatic, as this film should be, as it’s based on Miller’s graphic novel,
“Xerxes”. The plot pits Themistocles against one of the mid-fifth-century Persian invasions. His biggest threat was Xerxes and his adopted sister, Artemisia. She hates the Greeks and ends up commandeering Persian ships against them in several naval battles. In reality, this ferocious fighter contributed five ships to the warring Persians – a female that belongs to the pantheon of other femme fatale fighters in antiquity. 

This film starts where the 2007 prequel left off with Spartan King, Leonidas (Gerald Butler) fighting off the Persians some three days before the gory tumult depicted in this film. Great graphics and suspense are captured in this artistically savvy-crafted work which brings to the present day one of the most momentous events in Greek history that turned the tides of democracy our way. Sullivan Stapleton as the noble, gritty Themistocles was great, as was his opponent, Artemisia, awesomely acted by Eva Green.

This film was viewed, compliments of Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.
 Ce film a été visionné, avec les compliments de Le SuperClub Vidéotron, 5000, rue Wellington Verdun, QC.