300 (2007)

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Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong-willed leader assembles a small army comprised of his empire's best fighters and marches off to battle. Though they have virtually no hope of defeating Xerxes' intimidating battalion, Leonidas' men soldier on, intent on letting it be known they will bow to no man but their king. Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the loyal Queen Gorgo attempts to convince both the skeptical council and the devious Theron (Dominic West) to send more troops despite the fact that many view Leonidas' unsanctioned war march as a serious transgression. As Xerxes' fearsome "immortals" draw near, a few noble Greeks vow to assist the Spartans on the battlefield. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fell to the overwhelming Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, the fearless actions of the noble fighters inspired all of Greece to stand up against their Persian enemy and wage the battle that would ultimately give birth to the modern concept of democracy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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R (for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity)
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Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Vincent Regan
as Captain
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
Gerard Butler
as King Leonidas
Dominic West
as Theron
David Wenham
as Dilios
Stephen McHattie
as Loyalist
Neil Napier
as Spartan With Stick
Robin Wilcock
as Free Greek Sculptor
Maurizio Terrazzano
as Sentry No. 2
Alex Ivanovici
as Ephor No. 2
David J. Francis
as Ephor #4
Tom Wisdom
as Astinos
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Craig Kelly
as Oracle Girl
Jean Michel Paré
as Council Guard
John Dunn-Hill
as Councilman
Kent McQuaid
as Free Greek Blacksmith
Tyrone Benskin
as Persian Emissary
Peter Mensah
as Messenger
Bonnie Mak
as Slave Girl
Arthur Holden
as Partisan
Marcel Jeannin
as Free Greek Baker
James Bradford
as Ephor No.5
Tom Rack
as Ephor No.3
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Elder Councilman
Patrick Sabongui
as Persian General
Greg Kramer
as Ephor No.1
Andrew Shaver
as Free Greek Potter
Dennis St John
as Spartan Baby Inspector
Jere Gillis
as Spartan General No. 2
David Schaap
as Potter
Isabelle Champeau
as Mother at Market
Tyler Neitzel
as Teenaged Leonidas
Robert Maillet
as Giant Immortal
Cindy
as Transexual (Asian) #2
Kwasi Songui
as Persian
Gary A. Hecker
as Ubermortal Vocals
Jeremy Thibodeau
as Spartan Boy
Tim Connolly
as Leonidas' Father
Eli Snyder
as Young Leonidas
Marie-Julie Rivest
as Leonidas' Mother
Sébastian St Germain
as Fighting Boy (12 Years Old)
Dylan Scott Smith
as Sentry No. 1
Robert Paradis
as Spartan General
Alexandra Beaton
as Burned Village Surviving Child
Frédéric Smith
as Statesman
Loucas Minchillo
as Spartan Baby
Nicholas Minchillo
as Spartan Baby
Leon Laderach
as Executioner
David Lapommeray
as Persian General Slaughtered
Vervi Mauricio
as Armless Persian Concubine
Charles Papasoff
as Blacksmith
Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz
as Daughter at Market
Maeva Nadon
as Girl at Market
David Thibodeau
as Boy at Market
Stuart Myiow
as Persian General
Andréanne Ross
as Concubines
Sara Giacalone
as Persian Concubine No. 2
Ariadne Bourbonniere
as Kissing Persian Concubine No.1
Isabelle Fournel
as Kissing Persian Concubine No.2
Geneviéve Guilbault
as Slave Girls
Amélie Sorel
as Slave Girl
Caroline Aspirot
as Slave Girl
Gina Gagnon
as Slave Girl
Tania Trudell
as Slave Girl
Stephanie Aubry
as Slave Girls
Mercedes Leggett
as Slave Girl
Stéphania Gambarova
as Slave Girls
Chanelle Lamothe
as Slave Girl
Manny Cortez Tuazon
as Asian Transsexual
Atif Siddiqi
as Arabian Transsexual
Camille Rizkallah
as Giant With Arrow
Trudi Hanley
as Long-Necked Woman
Neon Cobran
as Litter-Bearer Slave
Stephanie Aubrey
as Slave Girl
Stewart Myiow
as Persian General
Dave Lapommeray
as Slaughtered Persian General
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Critic Reviews for 300

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (47)

300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
New Yorker
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300 was as pathetically puerile as I had expected.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
New York Observer
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It might have been one of the great all-time mad, bad movies but for one thing - it's just sooo boring.

Full Review… | March 16, 2007
Time Out
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Part of the fascination of the Thermopylae story is that it really happened, and it helped define real heroism. There's nothing remotely like reality to be had in this film.

March 9, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

As to this pumped-up spectacle's other aims, it's anybody's guess: selling gladiatorial chest-beating as beefcake erotica? Combining a movie and its own video-game spin-off into one package? Being both a dessert topping and a floor wax?

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 300

300' is a totally riveting masterpiece of film making. Zack Snyder, inspired by the graphic novel, has brought a 2487 year-old news story to life with people you really care about who are faced with choices between compromise and war that are all too familiar today. The breath-taking CGI images are flawlessly integrated with the live action. All the actors are excellent in their roles, and Butler IS Leonidas. The sound design is excellent. The score was recorded by the London Phil with a full chorus and is beautiful to listen to, but is very reminiscent of 'Gladiator' which detracts from the otherwise total originality of the film. This movie integrates the potentials of film-making and story-telling in a wonderful new way that is the best of both entertainment and artistic achievement. 4 Stars 9-24-07 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Gerard Butler gives a commanding performance (the best of his career so far) as Spartan King Leonidas in this intense, surreal, epic, and beautifully shot, edited, and directed historical fantasy. Snyder has created a great and unique cinematic experience that, while not being completely historically accurate, is a wonderfully entertaining and stylish take on the Battle of Thermopylae in which a small group of Spartan warriors do battle against a vastly overwhelming number of Persians who wish to conquer them. Though this film is largely style over substance, it does have some deeper themes and what not going through it, chiefly that of fascism. You root for the Spartans, and you're rooting for fascism. Kinda like Starship Troopers though not quite as brilliant. The slow-mo gets a tad overused, and yeah, the Persians are undeniably portrayed as perhaps too fey and sibilant, but hell, this is fun, not art. I actually prefer this to the graphic novel it's based on because this has much more story and depth. All in all, a bloody good show.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Zack Snyder stays true to 300's comic book origins, and the style makes the story feel like something out of a myth. This definitely works to enhance the larger than life experience unfolding on screen. The animated blood effects make the film feel less gruesome than it could have been. A pretty solid, well rounded B-action picture.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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