This is a 2014 American fantasy war film directed by Noam Murro.
It is a follow-up to the 2007 film "300" during and after the main events of its predecessor and based on the Battle of Artemisium and the Battle of Salamis.
The slow-motion battle scenes are technically impressive and occasionally elegant, but there's enough machismo after seeing the first "300".
In any case, it is a profoundly entertaining film with its superb production design, unique costumes, brilliantly choreographed battle sequences and stunning computer graphics.
Taking place before, during, and after the action in "300" Noam Murro’s grand comic book of a film again sacrifices historical accuracy for a heady overdose of flesh and blood. Godlike Xerxes, king of the Persians, has just defeated Leonidas, king of the Spartans, and is now setting his sights on conquering the remaining Greek city-states. Only general Themistokles (Aussie hunk Sullivan Stapleton) stands between him and final victory, and the plucky Athenian is not about to give up without a fight. But can Themistokles convince all of Greece, including Leonidas’ headstrong widow Queen Gorgo ("Game of Thrones" bitch extraordinaire Lena Headey), to join forces in time to defeat the Persian navy? In the end it all boils down to a series of strategic face-offs between the Athenian and his equally determined female counterpart, Persian commander Artemisia, thus setting the stage for one epic naval battle after another. Filmed with the same glossy CGI bravura as its predecessor, "Rise of an Empire" certainly looks breathtaking enough with cameras swooping birdlike over warships as they ride gargantuan waves and fountains of blood gush, spurt, and explode across the screen. Murro’s computer generated vistas of ancient Greece seem lifted right from storybook plates with an impossibly large moon hovering over scenes of carnage and a mythical Athens filled with sunlit temples and golden fields of wheat—he even throws in a few monstrous sea serpents just to remind us that we’re essentially watching an adult cartoon come to life. And then there’s the endless parade of ridiculously gorgeous men wearing little more than miniskirts and loincloths flexing and strutting in front of the lens before disembowelling one another with their long, hard, throbbing swords. It’s all nonsense and make-believe of course, and the grandiose dialogue too often dips into cliché and hyperbole, but it still packs a dramatic wallop and the visuals are superb.
This one is poorly written and has silly, hackneyed lines. I noticed several lines seemed to be plagierized from the Spartacus TV series. It's not as entertaining as the first 300 film. Some of the visual effects are decent, but overall this movie is not worth watching.
Crap. Violence. And so on. Don't anyone read history? any more.
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