300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire
The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.
Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire
A cheap excuse for an obvious rehash that, despite gorgeous visuals, has no vitality, intensity or a personality of its own - and its lame hero is even obfuscated by the sexy villain played by Eva Green, who we end up rooting for to slaughter every single Greek in that place.
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.
Not as visually impressive as the first "300" film, but it is still quite nice. The acting is rather poor and passionless with the sole exception of Eva Green who plays her roll of a an evil warrior temptress to the hilt. The story is coherent and somewhat entertaining, but not really as epic as history would have allowed.
300: Rise of an Empire Quotes
|Artemisia:||You fight much harder than you fuck.|
|Gorgo:||A king, fathers, brothers, sons. What more would you have us give? You will have no more from us, Themistokles.|
|Themistokles:||I leave this with you. Avenge him.|
|Gorgo:||It is a wind of freedom! A wind of vengeance.|
|Themistokles:||There is only one rule in the heat of combat.|
|Themistokles:||Don't get killed on the first day.|