300: Rise of an Empire

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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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While King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans have their date with destiny at Thermopylae, another battle against the Persians is brewing, this time at sea. Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), a Greek general, sees the threat posed by the God-King Xerxes of Persia. He knows that he must unite all of Greece if he is to stand any chance of repelling the Persian invasion. Even if he accomplishes his mission, Themistocles must still face Artemisia (Eva Green), the ruthless leader of the Persian armada.

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All Critics (195) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (108)

  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.

    March 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5
  • Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.

    March 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 0 | Full Review…

    James Rocchi

    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 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Mark Jenkins

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Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

  • Jan 13, 2017
    Did Frank Miller really approve this? Drawing from an unpublished sequel to 300, 300: Rise of an Empire (the title is meaningless) is a follow up to the first film where the Spartans have died. Now the other Greek city states must unite against the invading Persians and their allies. Eva Green was beautiful and she performed a role that is totally outcasted perfectly. Sullivan Stapleton had a good performance but his figure really didn't suit the role of Themistocles. Aside from the unnecessary gore and sex, it was quite entertaining.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2016
    The ties to the chronologically simultaneously happening original film are actually pretty well done. The story is not as straight forward and the visuals not quite as unique and striking, but still pretty impressive. The action is top notch, though and while some dialogs are just as shallow in their "die for honor" pathos the result is overall really entertaining. The end comes a little suddenly, while I would have been okay with following those battles a little longer. Still, pretty decent.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    If you took the greatness of the first 300 film, watered it down, added Greek ships but still managed to toss in some good female nudity, you'd get this film. Not nearly as good as the first one, but still fairly entertaining if you have nothing to do on a rainy afternoon besides folding laundry.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2015
    Eva Green's performance is the only thing that will keep you watching.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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