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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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 Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (c) WB

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Sullivan Stapleton
as Themistocles
Eva Green
as Artemisia
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Hans Matheson
as Aeskylos
Callan Mulvey
as Scyllias
Igal Naor
as King Darius
Peter Mensah
as Persian Emissary
Ben Turner
as General Artaphernes
Ashraf Barhom
as General Bandari
Christopher Sciueref
as General Kashani
Steven Cree
as Decapitated Greek Marine
Caitlin Carmichael
as 8 Year Old Artemisia
Kevin Fry
as Lascivious Greek
David Sterne
as Old Statesman
Fred Ochs
as Senator
Price Carson
as Senator
Gregor Truter
as Small Ambassador
Vincent Walsh
as Naval Commander
Nick Court
as Theban Commander
Anthony Valentine
as Young Greek Soldier
Mark Killeen
as Greek Commander
Atanas Srebrev
as Blacksmith
Luke Roberts
as Butcher
George Georgiou
as Greek Citizen
Stefan Nikolaev Ivanov
as Persian Commander
Farshad Farahat
as Persian Officer
Daniel Rashev
as Persian General 1
Dimitar Martinov
as Persian General 2
Peter Ferdinando
as Greek Ambassador
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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 Drawing from an unpublished sequel to 300, 300: Rise of an Empire (the title is meaningless) is a follow up to the first film where the Spartans have died.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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