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Rated R · 103 minutes · 2014
The wheel doesn’t need reinventing, of course, and nearly a decade after the first 300 film, the follow-up takes that advice. Although the story has some novelty to it (kind of a sequel, kind of a contemporary of the original), the nuts and bolts of it are unchanged. It’s a green-screen epic, with action sequences largely indistinguishable from its predecessor. The one real strength 300: Rise of an Empire can offer is Eva Green as the sinister Artemisia, a legendary Persian naval commander from a couple of thousand years ago. She’s also a villain you wouldn’t mind winning a little bit, because she’s every bit a badass. Made purely for fans of the first film, Rise of an Empire doesn’t break any new ground and adds only a sliver in terms of the story. But by and large, that’s passable.


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Official Site: www.300themovie.com/index.html
Director: Noam Murro
Producer: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann, Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin, Peter Mensah, Ben Turner, Ashraf Barhom and Christopher Sciueref

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Portland Mercury Nothing Matters It's all democracy and nihilism in 300: Rise of an Empire. by Zac Pennington 03/05/2014
The North Coast Journal Weekly Greek Weak Peabody's history trumps 300 by John J. Bennett 03/13/2014
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Inlander War is Meh 300: Rise of the Empire makes bloody combat feel bloodless by Scott Renshaw 03/06/2014
The North Coast Journal Weekly Non-Stop Takes Off New Testament beats the movie by John J. Bennett 03/06/2014
Charleston City Paper 300's sequel carries on in the same CGI vein Probably the greatest thing about Zach Snyder's 300 is the hip, infectious trailer of half-naked Spartan warriors assailing the vast Persian army to the manic techno beat of Nine Inch Nails's "Just as You Imagined." by Tom Meek 03/05/2014
Colorado Springs Independent 300: Rise of an Empire skewers more 'fragile jelly donuts' It's both absurdly bloody and genuinely bloodless. by Scott Renshaw 03/05/2014

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