300: Rise of an Empire 3D

Rated R 103 minutes 2014

The wheel doesn’t need reinventing, of course, and nearly a decade after the first 300 film, the follow-up takes that advice. Although the story has some novelty to it (kind of a sequel, kind of a contemporary of the original), the nuts and bolts of it are unchanged. It’s a green-screen epic, with action sequences largely indistinguishable from its predecessor. The one real strength 300: Rise of an Empire can offer is Eva Green as the sinister Artemisia, a legendary Persian naval commander from a couple of thousand years ago. She’s also a villain you wouldn’t mind winning a little bit, because she’s every bit a badass. Made purely for fans of the first film, Rise of an Empire doesn’t break any new ground and adds only a sliver in terms of the story. But by and large, that’s passable.

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Official Site: www.300themovie.com/index.html

Director: Noam Murro

Producer: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann, Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni

Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin, Peter Mensah, Ben Turner, Ashraf Barhom and Christopher Sciueref

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