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½ October 18, 2016
Omg!! the greatest action movie ever made!! a masterpiece
October 17, 2016
Guy flick. No story line. Greased up men fighting.
October 16, 2016
Super intense action in a fictionalized version of the Battle of Thermopylae (told from the point of view of a Greek warrior after the battle). Really good movie
October 13, 2016
Great performance by Gerard butler, maybe the best of his career. Really good movie. Good action and all.
½ September 18, 2016
let's see scantily clad attractive muscular sweating guys, who might want to see that? ok, let's say it was not intended for gays ut it was intended for gays nevertheless. i started laughing out loud when that dawned on me somewhere near the end of the film. it also occurred to the makers of "welcome to sparta" obviously.
½ September 8, 2016
Stimulating visuals, with much action and violence. Easy to follow plot, makes the movie easy to follow. Butler was a tremendous pick for the lead role. He portrays Leonidas I in a strong way, with his scowl and powerful voice. "This is Sparta!" will be remembered as one of the all-time great movie quotes.
August 24, 2016
Beautiful aesthetics but the story drags. Still had a blast watching it though!
August 23, 2016
One of my favorite movies growing up. It was the first of its kind never been done before. Great plot.
August 21, 2016
For those who enjoy historical epics!
½ August 20, 2016
The most Homo Erotic movie ever. I have a thing for historical bloody action movies. This was badass in so many levels. I have total respect for Gerald Butler, and the abs he had in this movie.
½ August 14, 2016
Great movie with incredible action sequences, great cinematography and a very well laid out plot. The film keeps you guessing even though we all know the outcome, and imho that would be the film's greatest achievement.
August 14, 2016
Though tempted to scoff at the ostentatious flesh parade, this historical action delight impresses with gorgeous cinematography, exciting blood-drunk battle scenes and a surprisingly vivid and stirring narration.
August 13, 2016
I liked this. Cheesy but awesome action and visuals.
August 9, 2016
A good adaptation of the comic from visionary director Zack Snyder, even though it's not perfect. Never even read the comic, but maybe I will one of these days.
August 7, 2016
A visually impressive film that has enough slow motion and Zach Snyder magic to keep you entertained for its run time.
½ July 29, 2016
Over the top, plodding, bad characterization, unintelligent.
July 21, 2016
I love the action in this movie and Gerard Butlers performance, the only dull moment for me is the story telling but overall I think this is a well shot action packed film that I could watch again many times
July 11, 2016
Por me this movie will be remembered forever because at the same time has cenar strong , a lot of action and violence , but at the same time brings to fight an army of only 300 Spartan men who fought bravely against the domination of their lands for thousands of Persians that despite acabarrem dying, they became heroes . The movie was amazing because of the visual and sound effects that made the very real battles and lead us to the time that the story takes place.
I love!
½ July 11, 2016
Extremely quotable, bad-ass, and fun, 300 is a movie to remember. Zack Snyder knocks this movie's special effects and action out of the park and does justice to the comic.
½ July 10, 2016
In 479 BC, one year after the famed Battle of Thermopylae, Dilios, a hoplite in the Spartan Army, begins his story by depicting the life of Leonidas (Gerard Butler) I from childhood to kingship via Spartan doctrine. Dilios's story continues and Persian messengers arrive at the gates of Sparta demanding "earth and water" as a token of submission to King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro); the Spartans reply by killing and kicking the messengers into a well. Leonidas then visits the Ephors, proposing a strategy to drive back the numerically superior Persians through the Hot Gates; his plan involves building a wall in order to funnel the Persians into a narrow pass between the rocks and the sea. The Ephors consult the Oracle, who decrees that Sparta will not go to war during the Carneia. As Leonidas angrily departs, a messenger from Xerxes appears, rewarding the Ephors for their covert support. Although the Ephors have denied him permission to mobilize Sparta's army, Leonidas gathers three hundred of his best soldiers in the guise of his personal bodyguard; they are joined along the way by Arcadians. At Thermopylae, they construct the wall made up of stones and slain Persian scouts as mortar, angering the Persian Emissary. Stelios, an elite Spartan soldier, orders him to go back to the Persian lines and warn Xerxes after cutting off his whipping arm. Meanwhile, Leonidas encounters Ephialtes, a deformed Spartan whose parents fled Sparta to spare him certain infanticide. Ephialtes asks to redeem his father's name by joining Leonidas' army, warning him of a secret (goat) path the Persians could use to outflank and surround the Spartans. Though sympathetic, Leonidas rejects him since his deformity physically prevents him from holding his shield high enough; potentially compromising the phalanx formation, and Ephialtes is enraged. The battle begins soon after the Spartans' refusal to lay down their weapons. Using the Hot Gates to their advantage, plus their superior fighting skills, the Spartans repel wave upon wave of the advancing Persian army. During a lull in the battle, Xerxes personally approaches Leonidas to persuade him to surrender, offering him wealth and power in exchange for his allegiance; Leonidas declines and mocks Xerxes for the inferior quality of his fanatical warriors. In response, Xerxes sends in his elite guard, the Immortals, later that night. Despite some Spartans being killed, they heroically defeat the Immortals (with slight help from the Arcadians). On the second day, Xerxes sends in new waves of armies from Asia and other Persian city-states, including war elephants, to crush the Spartans once and for all, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Ephialtes defects to Xerxes to whom he reveals the secret path in exchange for wealth, luxury, and (especially) a uniform. The Arcadians retreat upon learning of Ephialtes' betrayal, but the Spartans stay. Leonidas orders an injured but reluctant Dilios to return to Sparta and tell them of what has happened, a "tale of victory"...

Since its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 14, 2007, in front of 1,700 audience members, 300 has received generally mixed reviews. While it received a standing ovation at the public premiere, it was panned at a press screening hours earlier, where many attendees left during the showing and those who remained booed at the end. Some of the most unfavorable reviews came from major American newspapers. A.O. Scott of The New York Times describes 300 as "about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid," while criticizing its color scheme and suggesting that its plot includes racist undertones; Scott also poked fun at the buffed bodies of the actors portraying the Spartans, declaring that the Persian characters are "pioneers in the art of face-piercing", but that the Spartans had access to "superior health clubs and electrolysis facilities". Kenneth Turan writes in the Los Angeles Times that "unless you love violence as much as a Spartan, Quentin Tarantino or a video-game-playing teenage boy, you will not be endlessly fascinated." Roger Ebert, in his review, gave the film a two-star rating, writing, "300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud." Some critics employed at Greek newspapers have been particularly critical, such as film critic Robby Eksiel, who said that moviegoers would be dazzled by the "digital action" but irritated by the "pompous interpretations and one-dimensional characters." Variety's Todd McCarthy describes the film as "visually arresting" although "bombastic" while Kirk Honeycutt, writing in The Hollywood Reporter, praises the "beauty of its topography, colors and forms." Writing in the Chicago Sun Times, Richard Roeper acclaims 300 as "the Citizen Kane of cinematic graphic novels." Empire gave the film 3/5 having a verdict of "Visually stunning, thoroughly belligerent and as shallow as a pygmy's paddling pool, this is a whole heap of style tinged with just a smidgen of substance." 300 was also warmly received by websites focusing on comics and video games. Comic Book Resources' Mark Cronan found the film compelling, leaving him "with a feeling of power, from having been witness to something grand." IGN's Todd Gilchrist acclaimed Zack Snyder as a cinematic visionary and "a possible redeemer of modern moviemaking." With "300" Zack Snyder began his journey into visionary filmmaking where he used green screens and effects in a very efficient and stunning ways. In some cases if really works ("Watchmen", "Man of Steel", "Batman vs Superman") while in other cases it doesn´t ("300", "Sucker Punch"). "300" was built from Frank Miller´s graphic novel with historic events as the base and Zack Snyder has tried to put you as a viewer literally into the cartoon frames within the graphic novel and visually it works for the most. But, when Snyder has a less fleshed out script with very one-dimensional caricatures and characters he simply can´t manage to engage you and everything becomes pompous, over acted with ridiculous and silly cliché phrases as the red thread throughout the movie. You cringe when Gerard Butler screams "This is Sparta!"... Yes, it is based on something cartoony, but as Snyder showed in his adaptation of the fantastic graphic novel "Watchmen" if he has a solid storyline with depth he can succeed into making a graphic novel into something truly enjoyable and fantastic. "300" is a visual feast with great art direction and cinematography, but as said with such a bland script and development this can only be a disappointment. Trivia: The movie never claims to be historically correct, something which is addressed at length in the documentary The 300: Fact or Fiction? (2007) on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. The movie is based heavily on Frank Miller's 1998 comic book mini-series, also entitled "300". In the documentary Miller openly admits that he made many radical changes to the history and director Zack Snyder admits to making further changes. Snyder states that he was more concerned with making a film which would appeal to a wider audience, and creating an exciting and visually stunning action movie rather than a typical historical epic. Indeed, he further points out that the film is a subjective narration by Dillios (David Wenham) in an effort to spur his men, and as such, the narrative cannot be trusted as historically accurate or wholly objective. Snyder acknowledges that Dillios is not a man to allow truth get in the way of a good story, and that the point of the depiction is that it is specifically the Spartan perspective of the battle. In particular, Snyder cites the depiction of the Immortals. The Immortals were a real battalion, but they weren't demons, they were just ordinary men. However, in Dillios' narration, it is much more dramatic and heroic if the 300 fought off the attack of 10,000 demons rather than 10,000 men. As both Miller and Snyder argue, the film is not a realist piece. In an effort to get the studio executives to commit to making the movie, Zack Snyder and his team scanned every image from Frank Miller's graphic novel into a computer. They then removed all of the dialogue and descriptive prose, and added simple animation to each frame (such as burning fire, moving clouds, sparkling eyes etc.). They then edited these shots together into what amounted to an animated comic strip, and Snyder hired his friend Scott Glenn to record a voice-over narration for the piece. Snyder brought the film to Warner Bros., but they said they needed more to convince them that the movie could work. As such, he decided to shoot a live-action 'test' - a 90-second 360-degree continuous shot featuring a single Spartan killing several Persians. The combination of the animated comic images and the test convinced Warner Bros. that Snyder and his team were capable of making the movie. An extract from the animation as well as the entire test can be found as an Easter egg on disc 1 of the 2-Disc special edition DVD of the film.
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