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
"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
"Call it Sergio Corbucci's Thermopylae."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
""(An) action-fantasy that's far more fun to parody and poke fun at than it is to go back and watch.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"There will be blood. And, of course, speeches about rising up against insurmountable odds and homoerotic subtext."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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
"Like many sequels we see these days, it's a lot of the same only bigger and louder."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"...generally fares just a little bit better than its Zack Snyder-directed predecessor..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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
"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
"300: Rise of an Empire is nothing but an attempt at recapturing the glory of its predecessor through imitation."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"The story is interesting, but it's the look that director Noam Murro makes the focus of his '300: Rise of an Empire.'"
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"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)
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