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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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
R (for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Sullivan Stapleton
as Themistocles
Eva Green
as Artemisia
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
David Wenham
as Dilios
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Hans Matheson
as Aeskylos
Callan Mulvey
as Scyllias
Jack O'Connell
as Calisto
Yigal 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
David Pevsner
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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Critic Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (35)

The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.

Full Review… | March 9, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
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Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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 can't help but root for to slaughter every single Greek in that place.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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