300: Rise of an Empire
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"It's a big-budget helping of fanboy eye candy in which the action scenes are meant to be so dazzling that you ignore that it doesn't make much sense - or that you've basically seen it before."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"More than any other element, Eva Green's performance singlehandedly elevates the film from the doldrums of its hermetic conception and execution."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"It doesn't need to strut about waiting for a climax as 300 did, and punctuates its set pieces with stage-setting intrigues that keep it motoring."
‑ Hilary A White, Irish Independent
"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."
‑ James Rocchi, Film.com
"An extension of the 300 universe, like an add-on content pack for a video game."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"As Persia's sexiest naval commander, Eva Green is to this 'sidequel' as Cate Blanchett is to 'Blue Jasmine,' and I mean that as a compliment and not a joke: She's a frightening and awe-inspiring force of nature, draped in camp instead of Chanel."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Oafs in an uproar."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"[Eva Green] s the single piece of spice that turns this 300 clone into a zestful, delightful bad movie instead of just a tedious, violence-loving slog."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
""300: Rise of an Empire" is a bloodbath and not much else."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""300" a Rousing, Blood-soaked Adventure"
‑ Charles Koplinski, Illinois Times
"This sequel is a wholly second-rate effort, save for the incomparable Eva Green."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"[The story] gets constantly literally swamped by the blood and gore and so forth, which is well done but almost to the point of parody."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
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