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300: Rise of an Empire [DVD] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1520 out of 1637)

    Special Features


    • Disc 2: Special Features -
    • Discover how the historic battles of 300 and 300: Rise of an Empire converged to create 3 days in hell!
    • Bringing the war machine to the water in Taking the Battle to Sea
    • Meet the military geniuses and vengeful queens who changed history in Real Leaders & Legends and Women Warriors
    • Witness the physical, mental and performance challenges of Becoming A Warrior

    Synopsis


    300: Rise of an Empire
    Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) assembles his troops to fend off an invading Persian army led by the immortal Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and the vindictive Persian navy commander Artemisia (Eva Green) in this sequel to 300 based on the graphic novel Xerses by Frank Miller. In the wake of the Persians' victory over King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, the God King Xerxes (Santoro) appears poised to conquer Greece. As the ruthless Artemisia (Eva Green) assembles a massive fleet of ships and sets sail for conquest, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) strives to rally his countrymen to fight for freedom, and he manages to gain the upper hand over the invaders by confronting them at sea. Meanwhile, Leonidas' former advisor and wife Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) is reluctant to sacrifice any more Spartans in a fight that appears to be unwinnable. When the Greeks enjoy an early victory over Artemisia and her soldiers, however, it appears that Themistokles' unconventional tactics are more effective than the Persian Empire's formidable brawn. But later, after Artemisia's attempt to seduce Themistokles to her side proves unsuccessful, the spurned naval commander deals a devastating blow to her Greek opponents. In the aftermath of that skirmish, Themistokles is presumed dead and Athens falls. The Persian Empire seems on the verge of victory, though when Xerxes and Artemisia learn that Themistokles lives, they realize the fight won't be over until he takes his final breath. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sullivan Stapleton
      Sullivan Stapleton - Themistokles
    • Eva Green
      Eva Green - Artemisia
    • Lena Headey
      Lena Headey - Gorgo
    • Rodrigo Santoro
      Rodrigo Santoro - Xerxes
    • David Wenham
      David Wenham - Dilios



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 1637 reviews

    93%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Interesting Take on A Sequel

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      VandyPrice
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      It has been seven years since the original Zack Snyder 300 hit the big screen and the big question surrounding its belated follow-up was always going to be if the novelty of the look of the film had worn off. It was a worthy concern as it seems every major action film since has if not taken cues from the tone of the color palette and enhanced nature of it all than at least the slo-mo of the action that then speeds up to real time, making the strikes from spear to flesh all the more cringe-inducing. It was something fresh and new at the time, Snyder coming off his big win that was the Dawn of the Dead re-make and taking notes from Robert Rodriguez, but going in a different direction and one that would become more of a cultural mainstay than the more cult-worthy Sin City. Like that graphic novel, 300 was also adapted from a Frank Miller work and while Rise of an Empire doesn't take its marching orders from any pre-written comic book it at least tries to make-up for the lack of originality in the visuals by pushing the narrative to more complicated, layered lengths than the original. While 300 was never a film that needed a sequel and really deserved not to have one as a proper sequel could never be concocted Rise of an Empire ultimately gives us the events that surround the actions of the Spartans as they chose not to cooperate with the rest of Greece to fight off the invading Persians. It comes to light even more than it did in 300 that if the Spartans were anything but brave, they were arrogant and in many ways the events documented in this second film minimize the glory and honor that many in the audience no doubt imagined went along with Leonidas and his brave three hundred's beautiful deaths. They went into battle expecting death, but left their women and children with the likelihood of being turned into slaves by Persians anyway? It doesn't make much sense and ultimately seems selfish in order to adhere to the code of how they were raised than anything resembling bravery, but the good thing of all this is realizing Rise of an Empire stirred some thought in me and invoked a reaction and participation I never expected to have.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great follow up to the first movie

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      HALgonewild
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      This movie takes place concurrently where the 300 are defending at Thermopylae in the first movie and after their defeat. If you disliked the first movie because of the bloodiness or lack of historical accuracy then let me save you the trouble and stop here as this movie will be similar, otherwise proceed on. I like the antagonist role of Artemisia and Eva Greene plays it very well. The movie provides a brief good back story on how her character came to be where she commands on the Persian side. The movie also provides some back story on how the Persian king came to power which is nice. On the Greek side is Sullivan Stapleton who plays Themistocles and he too does an outstanding job in his role. This movie covers the naval engagement side that was occurring during and after the fall of Thermopylae. Both sides employ strategy in their efforts to outdo the other on the battlefield, which is another aspect of the movie I like. The naval battles fill the waters with galleys ramming one another, ships sinking, and boarding parties dealing out bloody dismemberings with their swords and axes. The only thing this movie lacked was an epic quote like that from Leonidas in 300 "This is Sparta!".

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      For a Sequal without Primary actor, A-

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      chale347
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      This movie, as a sequal, cannot stand on it's own. To watch this movie without watching the first 300 movie would cause someone to still be entertained, but would have confusion with the character back story. i.e. the messenger that was kicked into the bottomless pit in the 300 ("This is Sparta" scene). The Non-linear story doesn't help either. For someone that did watch the first movie, the jumping back-and-forth feels like a Tarantino-esk attempt but comes up short. Also, if watching with young teens that are olde enough to watch violent, or with older folks (Parents or "uncle Joe") it can get a little awkward and uncomfortable with a few nude scenes. With that said, the action sequences are amazingly done with great cinematography. When I first realized that these battles scenes would primarily take place at sea, I lost interest. Once the first action sequence took place, I was very impressed. While it may not live up to the level of the first movie, it is an action filled movie that will entertain. I would recomend it to a friend if I knew their taste in movies, but would not make a sweeping recommendation to everyone.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      300 in the navy

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      devW
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      300: Rise of an Empire

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      This isn't a prequel or a sequel, it's a multiquel (term I coined). Why is it a multiquel? The beginning of the film takes place 10 years before the events of 300 (King Diaries of Persia, then Prince Xerxes, is killed in battle by Themistocles). The bulk of this film are the events that happened during the same time as the events in 300 (Xerxes' rise to power and becoming the God-King) while the end of this film is what happened after 300 and sets up the events to come in what is expected as the third and final chapter of 300. This film is a worthy film and GREAT performances from it's two breakout stars, Stapleton (Strikeback) as the warrior hero and commanding Genreral Themistocles and Eva Green (Penny Dreadful, Sin City: A Dame to kill for) who is DELICIOUS as the evil sword wielding warrior vixen Artemisia. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) reprises her role as Queen Gorgo (wife of King Leonidas, the man who led the 300) as does Rodrigo Santoro (Lost, what to expect when expecting) as the God-King Xerxes.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very solid sequel

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      This movie stands up very well to its predecessor. 300 was one of my favorite movies when it came out. It had everything you would want out of an action movie: violence, action, awesome visuals, etc. When 300: Rise of an Empire came out, I was nervous for a few reasons. The main character was different, and it had been a long time since the first one and I feared it would be disconnected story wise and visually from the original. Although it is not in my opinion better then the original, it is very good. This film works on its own story wise while staying true and continuing the epic set by the first movie. If you like the first installment, you'll probably like this one. Also, Eva Green is awesome in this movie. I've always found it an interesting dynamic and a great success to a movie if you can understand a villains motives, especially if you can root for them despite their cruelty. She was without question the breakout star of this movie.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Good movie, though not as great as the first.

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      I went into the theaters with so much excitement for this movie as I'm a huge fan of the first 300 movie. However by the end of Rise of an Empire, I was a little disappointed and felt it didn't live up to the first movie. Rise of an Empire does a great job in tying events from the past and bringing them into the present for the Athenian warriors, taking place before and after the battle of Thermopylae. I felt that these connections made a strong story for the film and it's characters, especially Xerxes. My only one gripe with the movie was with the fight scenes. I felt like the slow motion was better utilized in the first movie and that it was added in the wrong time of each fight sequence in Rise of an Empire. Anyone who was a fan of the first should still see this movie, as it's a good movie, though not as great as the first.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie.... yet not a soon to be classic

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      Fan4Movies
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      As much as I like this movie, it still doesn't compare to it's predecessor. The filmography is beautiful and it has a great score. The action is pretty great and it doesn't feel like you really missed much of a step from the first one to this one. Lots of action and blood shed is involved from all sides. It just lacked a little something, not quite sure what that something really is, but it is there. This movie needed just a little something extra to push it into the same realm as 300. Not to take away from this movie, because it is a pretty awesome movie. If you a fan of the original or war movies for that matter you shouldn't be disappointed (given that it is rated R for a reason). I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and it will have a high re-watch-ability factor. I would highly recommend.

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