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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 169
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 98

It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 20

It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.

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Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Kurt Johnstad, Frank Miller

Jun 24, 2014

$106.6M

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All Critics (169) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (98) | DVD (1)

The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Long on crimson spurts of blood but low on character, larded with production value but bereft of any other kind of it, "300: Rise of an Empire' is a 3D joke.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
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There is much grinding of teeth, and mauling of history, and anachronistic use of gunpowder, until we plug our ears and desperately pray to the gods of Olympus, or the brothers of Warner, that they might make an end.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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If the movie's action recalls video games, the dramatically artificial lighting suggests 1980s rock videos. Indeed, Rise of an Empire is so campy that it might work better as a musical.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
NPR
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An extension of the 300 universe, like an add-on content pack for a video game.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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So utterly mind numbingly dull.

August 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

If you liked 300, you're probably going to really like 300: Rise of an Empire. ... it's got more character development, a smarter story, and is just gorgeous to watch and amazingly good fun.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes
Forbes

Eva Green is flat-out spectacular here, giving a fully physical and genuinely shaded star turn that is almost as exciting as all of the hacking and slashing.

August 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Forbes

Call it Sergio Corbucci's Thermopylae.

July 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Like many sequels we see these days, it's a lot of the same only bigger and louder.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

300: Rise of an Empire is nothing but an attempt at recapturing the glory of its predecessor through imitation.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

"(An) action-fantasy that's far more fun to parody and poke fun at than it is to go back and watch."

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinephiled
Cinephiled

...generally fares just a little bit better than its Zack Snyder-directed predecessor...

April 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The story is interesting, but it's the look that director Noam Murro makes the focus of his '300: Rise of an Empire.'

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

There will be blood. And, of course, speeches about rising up against insurmountable odds and homoerotic subtext.

April 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Columbus Alive
Columbus Alive

It's a big-budget helping of fanboy eye candy in which the action scenes are meant to be so dazzling that you ignore that it doesn't make much sense - or that you've basically seen it before.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

As Persia's sexiest naval commander, Eva Green is to this 'sidequel' as Cate Blanchett is to 'Blue Jasmine,' and I mean that as a compliment and not a joke: She's a frightening and awe-inspiring force of nature, draped in camp instead of Chanel.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

"300" a Rousing, Blood-soaked Adventure

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

More than any other element, Eva Green's performance singlehandedly elevates the film from the doldrums of its hermetic conception and execution.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Oafs in an uproar.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

This sequel is a wholly second-rate effort, save for the incomparable Eva Green.

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

It doesn't need to strut about waiting for a climax as 300 did, and punctuates its set pieces with stage-setting intrigues that keep it motoring.

March 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

[Eva Green] s the single piece of spice that turns this 300 clone into a zestful, delightful bad movie instead of just a tedious, violence-loving slog.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

[The story] gets constantly literally swamped by the blood and gore and so forth, which is well done but almost to the point of parody.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Sullivan Stapleton in his first lead role after Animal Kingdom is actually quite impressive.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

300 on the Sea!

Good Action/Bloody Film! We have here a film that focuses on another clan of Greek fighters battling against Xerxes' men, except this time it's on warships, so it's really '300 on the Sea'. The film is wall to wall action and you'll be enthralled. It's even more violent than the first. The bad thing is that the dialogue is really poor and the story not as riveting, engrossing and rousing as the first. Say what you like but there's a lot of wonderful points in the first that is what has made it a cult favorite. If anything the flaws of this highlight just what was best in the old one. The lead ain't no patch on Gerald Butler and is outshone by Eva Green as the temptress Persian battle queen. In fairness to our new lead, he is purposely more human than the old King Leonidas, and is a great warrior without the Spartan attitude. Yet that misses out what was quite a strong point of the previous film. For me as a fan of the original, it was fair enough but not in the same league as the first.

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.
July 14, 2014
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Manu Gino

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This highly anticipated film feels more like an obligatory exercise in repeating the style of the original without anything that made the first one a worthwhile movie-going experience, rather than a full-fledged sequel. We waited 7 years and this is all we get? The movie lacks the charisma of Gerard Butler's breakout performance and replaces him with a boring character that is not interesting at all. The most interesting character belongs to the villain played by Eva Green, but being a villain, she isn't fleshed out as much as the others. This film looks and feels like the original, but it never carves out its own identity. The filmmakers were perfectly content recycling material. Even the speeches feel forced and obligatory, rather than a part of the actual film. It's a shame that so much promise was wasted on this, but Rise of an Empire is not worth watching even for the bloody action. Even that was fairly boring.
July 13, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

A highly entertaining and bloody exhilarating action-packed epic. It's loaded with buckets upon buckets of blood that make most epics or fighting video games envious. It's much better than the first film, which i always thought was massive macho-porn that was over stylized and exaggerated but for some reason I didn't get that feeling with this movie. It had some more depth with its characters and was more visually beautiful and exciting and has some terrific tie in's with the first film. Director, Noam Murro crafts a dazzling and spectacular action-adventure. A bloody explosive thrill-machine from start to finish. It's an insanely bloody great time at the movies for those that love their action brutal and their escapism crisp. Sullivan Stapleton gives a strong and fearless performance. Eva Green is ferociously awesome. She steals every scene shes in.
July 9, 2014
allan913

Super Reviewer

If the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty expansion pack that added a whole galore of unsolicited content for the sake of miking the franchise than a sequel (or prequel, whatever.)

Every time the film made an effort to take a step forward for itself it would take two steps back by making a flash back or reference to the original. This over reliance on the former gave very little room for RoaE to have any voice of its own.

In the end all the visuals and over-the-top CGI shenanigans are but a hollow shell, trying to replicate "legendary" thrills without the substance or context to back it up.

Unfortunate really, Eva Green had a phenomenal performance. If only the script wasn't bound down by an established continuity.
June 26, 2014
Drake Tsui

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    1. Artemisia: You fight much harder than you fuck.
    – Submitted by Kevin M (5 months ago)
    1. Gorgo: A king, fathers, brothers, sons. What more would you have us give? You will have no more from us, Themistokles.
    2. Themistokles: I leave this with you. Avenge him.
    – Submitted by Sean G (5 months ago)
    1. Gorgo: It is a wind of freedom! A wind of vengeance.
    – Submitted by Sean G (5 months ago)
    1. Themistokles: There is only one rule in the heat of combat.
    2. Calisto: What's that?
    3. Themistokles: Don't get killed on the first day.
    – Submitted by Sean G (5 months ago)
    1. Themistokles: You offered a freedom without consequence or responsibility!
    2. Artemisia: Have you come to accept?
    3. Themistokles: My answer is still no!
    – Submitted by Sean G (5 months ago)
    1. Themistokles: I fight for the freedom of Greece.
    2. Artemisia: I fight for the destruction thereof.
    – Submitted by Sean G (5 months ago)
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