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The epic graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City) assaults the screen with the blood, thunder and awe of its ferocious visual style faithfully recreated in an intense blend of live-action and CGI animation. Retelling the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, it depicts the titanic clash in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army. Experience history at swordpoint. And moviemaking with a cutting edge.
Like Sin City before it, 300 brings Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel vividly to life. Gerard Butler (Beowulf and Grendel, The Phantom of the Opera) radiates pure power and charisma as Leonidas, the Grecian king who leads 300 of his fellow Spartans (including David Wenham of The Lord of the Rings, Michael Fassbender, and Andrew Pleavin) into a battle against the overwhelming force of Persian invaders. Their only hope is to neutralize the numerical advantage by confronting the Persians, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), at the narrow strait of Thermopylae.
More engaging than Troy, the tepid and somewhat similar epic of ancient Greece, 300 is also comparable to Sin City in that the actors were shot on green screen, then added to digitally created backgrounds. The effort pays off in a strikingly stylized look and huge, sweeping battle scenes. However, it's not as to-the-letter faithful to Miller's source material as Sin City was. The plot is the same, and many of the book's images are represented just about perfectly. But some extra material has been added, including new villains (who would be considered "bosses" if this were a video game, and it often feels like one) and a political subplot involving new characters and a significantly expanded role for the Queen of Sparta (Lena Headey). While this subplot by director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) and his fellow co-writers does break up the violence, most fans would probably dismiss it as filler if it didn't involve the sexy Headey. Other viewers, of course, will be turned off by the waves of spurting blood, flying body parts, and surging testosterone. (The six-pack abs are also relentless, and the movie has more and less nudity--more female, less male--than the graphic novel.) Still, as a representation of Miller's work and as an ancient-themed action flick with a modern edge, 300 delivers. --David Horiuchi
Awesome movie on a heck of an awesome console. Buy it if you can find it.Published 2 days ago by Ndawg
Would have rated higher but for the obvious introduction of feminist agenda dialogue. I assure you Leonidas was not motivated by his wife to take heroic measures. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dr. John S. Waldrip
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while i agree with you that the EXACT numbers may never be known, more than most people will side with about a million persians, first off the persian empire WAS large enough to sustain such numbers. it consisted of over 1,000 independent nations inside its boarders. lets remember that Persia was... Read More
May 13, 2007 by Jeff Nelson | See all 13 posts
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As soon as HD-DVD was rendered defunct, I jumped aboard the Blu Ray wagon. I figured I had had 10 good years with DVD and had pretty much amassed every title I was interested in (I have over 800 standard DVD titles). At first I found the prospect of replacing my library quite demoralizing, but... Read More
Mar 28, 2008 by Gerriet Bolt | See all 12 posts
|Purchase Quantity limit for 300 Blu Ray on Amazon||
I recently encountered a similar restriction on a different item. Is there a time period after which this restriction is lifted?
Dec 19, 2013 by Mark | See all 3 posts
DRM (digital rights management) is just another worthless attempt at preventing casual copying which only inconveniences and/or creates problems for honest people.
Download your "digital copy" from a Bittorrent site and you won't have to worry about serial numbers or the various DRM... Read More
Dec 18, 2008 by MorningSinger | See all 14 posts
As far as I know, all Warner Bros. blu ray discs are region FREE which means can be played in all Blu-ray players. Do a small search on some warner movies you will find them region FREE :)
Jul 9, 2007 by Mohannad S. Aljumah | See all 6 posts
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