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4.0 out of 5 stars 300 Naval Edition, March 4, 2014
This review is from: 300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
I went into this movie feeling the effects in 300 were a little over the top and while they didn't ruin the movie for me, I really wanted them to tone this down in Rise of an Empire.

Thankfully, they did!

This movie has a semi parallel timeline to the original and but, it is what the Athens Navy was doing during the same time frame.

The hero in this film is Themistocles and he is more the clever tactician who can fight whereas Leonidas was more the Gladiator whose discipline made him a king of Sparta. Think of this more like Kirk vs Picard where both were great in their own way.

This movie also gives more of the origin of Xerxes and Artemisia as we learn their backstory and why their vengeance is aimed at Greece.

Overall, I really liked the story and it felt like a much more complete package than the original. I liked the strategic design to the fight scenes and this is honestly the first of these Greco-Roman Empire movies this year that I've really appreciated.

For those that are concerned with the content...

There's a pretty wild Sex scene in the movie, several exposed breasts and other body parts both male and female. Also there's a ton of very graphic killings (duh).

If you liked the original, you will love this one and if you were just okay with the original, you still might love this movie.
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2014 5:07:00 PM PDT
Snake Pisken says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2014 7:20:29 PM PDT
Gaiking says:
I rate high on these things...

The reason I rated it a 4 because, I felt it was higher than a three and I didn't want to take away from the movie. It was better than average but, until Amazon makes this voting more flexible it is all we have.

As for Captain America, saw that on a screener as well, and I really liked it! That was a huge surprise considering he's not the most popular Super Hero these days.

As for the other countries... Um, nope that was part of a loosely unified Greece.

Also, this isn't over, Xerxes will be dealt with in the third movie and that's where all of this will finish.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 1:43:03 PM PDT
S. Ortiz says:
Can't wait for the next one! And yeah - definitely worth mentioning that this (much like any war) was one with many fronts. The naval battles (Battle of Salamis) from this movie took place in the Gulf of Corinth. Themistocles' fleet stayed tightly packed near the shores of Salamis along with the Peloponnesians while Xerxes razed a virtually abandoned and undefended Athens, some 10 miles or more away. Xerxes was not present, he left the navy to be commanded by Artemesia and others. He was also no puppet - at the most he just underestimated the Greeks naval perspicacity or over estimated his own navy's ability.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2014 8:42:59 PM PDT
Snake Pisken says:
it took almost 10 years to make this sequel . Sequels are based on the money it makes . The same with Sin City, but sure if they will make a sequel to this I may see it .

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2014 11:22:56 PM PDT
Actually, Artemesia never died in this battle in true history. It was her who convinced Xerxes to abandon the fight and return to Asia in the middle of this battle. The warrior queen of Turkey, Artemesia, also returned home, fell in love with a younger man, and jumped off a bridge to kill herself when he did not love her back. When Xerxes abandon the campaign, he left his general Mardonius to finish off the Greeks who subsequently lost at the battles of Plataea and of Mycale. These battles turned the Persian offensive off of the Greeks, and the Greek offensive onto the Persians.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2014 4:27:08 AM PDT
Gaiking says:
I didn't realize this was supposed to be historically accurate.

Honestly, I don't expect Hollywood to ever be historically accurate. They changed braveheart, pain and gain, and lone survivor so, what's new.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2014 8:03:30 AM PDT
Anna Bystrik says:
"Actually"?.. the totally psychologically impossible suicide of this queen, hero, warrior, diplomat and a skilled strategic advisor to allied kings over a trivial love matter is nothing but a legend recorded 13 centuries after the events (over 60 generations) by a man Photius, a religious authority of Byzantium. As for the Herodotus source, he by his own admission only recorded what he "have heard" and "was told", his inaccuracies and misunderstandings based in part on his poor knowledge of Persian language and the resulting wrong translations by him were discussed by many ancient scholars. While the facts of her reign and battles were observed by her contemporaries, the "tragic love" seem to be a total bogus, however an understandable invention to boost the ego of these who report on her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2014 6:58:54 PM PDT
Snake Pisken says:
I didn't like the ending , IF there was more to be told they should had included it in this film rather than had the Spartans arrive to help. I don't think there will be another film , the scene that was very bad was when Themistocles riding a horse across ship to ship , as it runs thru fire , any horse would had stopped before putting it hoofs on a ship in the water , Horses aint dumb they will stop as You go flying over its head, but its a movie . I rather had watched Spartacus than this . I had high hope for this film , its not terrible, but I heard no sequel any time soon

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 3:12:06 PM PDT
Kirk and Picard are nothing alike as Kirk is strong and fearless and always knows what to do in the face of danger. Kirk always worries about his crew's safety. Picard, on the other hand, was often weak and very little of the time did he know what to do. These two captains are equal in absolutely no way.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 5:15:29 PM PDT
William says:
I just watched this in 3D for the first time and agree with your comments. I did have to double the volume for my center channel to 9db as the audio for the vocals was well overshadowed by the music (great music btw) and special fx audio. I enjoy history the same as you. If you get the History channel 2, they have a 2 hour documentary on both these battles with the emphasis on Thermophylae, but really added credibility to these fictionalized action movies. Thanks for your comments
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