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lahiru's avatar

lahiru

Another disappointing sequel
6 years 6 months ago
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meysam_a

Hahaha... haven't they read any history??
Artemisia was the only female admiral at the time not a whore, and she doesn't die in this battle or in any of the 7 battles between Greece and Xerxes...
Plot very bad, visuals nothing new... It's just sad...
6 years 6 months ago
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Elinoir

The visuals are great ofcourse, but other than that it couldn't really keep me interested.
6 years 10 months ago
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danisanna

Terrible.
10 months 1 week ago
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ikkegoemikke

"300" which appeared in 2007 was a groundbreaking revelation. Not so much in terms of content, but in terms of the visualization of the heroic battles that 300 Greeks fought, in the battle of Thermopylae led by King Leonidas.The slow motion chopping spectacle with blood splattering all over the place,is still burned into my memory.A breathtaking movie.

This movie isn't a prequel or sequel. It's an epic drama that encompasses the story of "300".Does it add value? Can it outpace "300" in terms of violence and bloodshed? Does the heroism increase in this film to a higher level? Are all your nerves strained to the limit when viewing this Greek tragedy? Bwah,not really. To be honest I was quite disappointed, annoyed and disinterested after a certain time.An easy duplicate of the original film in which the artifices and tricks are recycled. I'm convinced that the chair of history fanatics and historians will have some wet spots after seeing this movie.My chair was as dry as an old souvlaki.

However it begins in a strong way with the surprise attack of the Greeks at the Battle of Marathon. A treat on upcoming Greek violence with bare torsos so you can admire swollen muscles and six-packs.Fierce brandishing sharp swords which causes gaping wounds in slow motion and limbs being amputated. Spears pierce chests and skulls are split. And this together with gushes of blood. But haven't we seen this kind of images already in "300"? Yep ! So it can't outpace the original movie in terms of violence and bloodshed. In fact,you could feel the adrenaline increasing during the fight scenes in "300".The testosterone level was several dashes higher.

It's in this battle at Marathon that commander Themistocles kills the Persian king Darius with a phenomenal well aimed shot. The son of Darius, Xerxes, gets after the death of his father the advice not to start a war against the Greeks, since only the gods can defeat them.Naval Commander Artemisia, sees a challenge in these words and sends Xerxes into the desert to return as a god after he has dipped in gold luminous water in some cave. That was the part with a bit of Greek mythology. Xerxes looked more like a member of the "Village People" afterwards and ended up playing only a secondary role.The lion's share of attention was claimed by Artemisia.Xerxes largest share was declaring war with the Greeks afterwards.

Meanwhile Themistocles can convince the board of Athene to give him a fleet so that he can stop the Persians.He asks the arch-rival Sparta to assist him in this mission, but they refuse.After this, the battle focuses on the battle in the streets of Artemisium.The Battle of Thermopylae is of less importance in this film and is only shown with a few clips from the first movie. Ultimately,the focus in this film is on the cruel actions of Artemisia and the attempt of Themistocles to form an united Greece and thus to go to battle against the Persians.

Sullivan Stapleton is not such an impressive figure as King Leonidas played by Gerard Butler.During the battle it's a formidable opponent and next to that he shows his talent as a charismatic orator.Butler was a fearsome leader who shouted his men into battle with snappy one-liners.Artemisia on the other hand is an intriguing character which was played in a proper manner by Eva Green.A spirited cruel captain who originally was Greek,but during her childhood witnessed the atrocities that were committed against her family by the Greeks themselves.She was taken as a slave, and left for dead.Then she was adopted by the Persians and teaching martial arts.She makes good use of this and shows no mercy.She hates the Greeks and the only thing important in her life is to kill as many as possible.The moment she beheads a Greek prisoner and gives it an intimate kiss,after which she throws it in the sea,is pretty impressive.In contrast, the amorous and erotic affair she has afterwards with Themistocles, which she uses to get him on the side of the Persians,was laughable and hilarious.It was more like a wrestling match.

Just like the original movie "300",this one is a spectacle and you will be treated with some violent and bloody film clips.In "300" the fighting took place in a narrow pass.In this movie most battles take place at sea with a huge drifting fleet of the Persians,and a tiny flea from the Greeks. The Greece's fleet looked more like a squadron of floating cigar boxes. The battle scenes are again impressive and flashy.A forward-moving human killing machine that destroys every intersecting opponent. Gallons of blood flows again.The choreography is beautifully worked out during the fighting and slow-motion pictures match the original film.

And that's precisely where the sticking point is.It's a film with entertainment from the top shelf, but it's actually an ordinary remake of the first film. But with the emphasis on the immense battle at sea. For me, no gain. There was only one thing that started to bother me after a while. There isn't a single scene in this whole movie, or something is floating around : sparks emanating from burning fires, dust particles that fly between sweaty bodies, small particles of shaft whirl through the image, also something like fireflies and drops of blood. At one point I was paying more attention to this than the actual movie. The battle with an awful lot of boats floating around wasn't very convincing. And it was also clear to see that they were computer images. And certainly when the horse came up. That really looked bad. And after a while I got sick and tired of the computerized streams of blood.

All in all a pretty intense movie in which Eva Green sparkled and the screen turns red again. Still, I thought it was a mediocre sequel to a peerless original film.An unnecessary sequel in other words.

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3 years 3 months ago
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Pristine

Absolutely nothing in common with actual historical events. The only reason for me to suffer through this hot mess of a film was Eva Green, she's fabulous.

Oh, I did think of another good reason for watching this: the costuming. I thoroughly enjoyed the visuals as well.
4 years 11 months ago
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CommDonald

One of the worst movies I've ever seen. Right behind "Jeff, Who Lives at Home".
5 years 8 months ago
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Marianna Delfim

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5 years 9 months ago
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Egil

Not bad, but quite meh. If you've seen the first 300 (not The 300 Spartans), you kinda know what to expect action wise.
6 years 5 months ago
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Joker of Gotham

Of course it was not going to be as good as 300, the leading man is not so good as leonidas but he still is a pretty good badass, Eva Green was great, a little bit over the top performance, but a good one.
There will be another movie for sure.
3.75/5
6 years 5 months ago
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Seriosity

Eva Green is incredible. Unfortunately, no one can challenge her screen presence. What hurts this film is a less notable cast. A worthy, if lesser, sequel to the original.
6 years 10 months ago
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Suricata

I actually enjoyed this film. I was a latecomer to seeing 300 as the hype put me off. But I appreciated the film for what it was and enjoyed it. This sequel does a god job of maintaining the same tone and expanding upon the story. The action sequences were awesome and if you enjoyed the first one I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this one, as long as you don't hype yourself up to a state where your expectations can't realisitcally be met!
6 years 10 months ago
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lachyas

Well I really enjoyed it. At times it fell into the trap of feeling like a lesser imitation of the first, but for the most part it's an extremely fun and highly stylised sword-n-sandals fantasy romp with some genuinely breathtaking, testosterone-driven naval battle scenes and a wonderful, scenery devouring performance from Eva Green. Admittedly otherwise it's a fairly mediocre show of acting from the surprisingly star-sparse cast, although Lena Headey also deserves a mention for her brief but enjoyable reprise of the role of Gorgo, and it's great to see Cersei spoiler.

The cinematography and effects of the movie are those of the original, turned up to eleven; this is the most Snyder(ian?) movie that Snyder never made, and I can understand how some might find it off-putting, but I just don't think I have it in me to hate a movie shot this beautifully. Murro has done a remarkable job of capturing the essence of the first film without his movie feeling like a parody, especially as someone whose biggest (and only) previous directing credit is a comedy. The most valid criticism of the movie is that there is too much exposition and 'plot', as evidenced by the much-maligned opening monologue, but I feel this was necessary to place the events of the film within the broader context of the original, and at least there's always something visually interesting going on, even when the action lags.

I don't get people saying they loved the first but hated this, because they're just so similar. And, when it's been six years between drinks for the franchise, I really don't see any problem with that. Turn your brain off, turn your appreciation for slow-mo to maximum (good training for The Grand Budapest Hotel anyway), and enjoy.
6 years 10 months ago
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camipasten

I loved the first one but hated this movie. It ended just when i wanted it to start.
6 years 10 months ago
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Francesco Leoni

This sucks as much as the previous one was good.
6 years 10 months ago

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