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
"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
"Black Sabbath's War Pigs coats the end credits in the aural equivalent of liquid metal, the final guilty pleasure of a senses-battering 106 minutes of military mayhem."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"Eva Green is flat-out spectacular here, giving a fully physical and genuinely shaded star turn that is almost as exciting as all of the hacking and slashing."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"300: Rise of an Empire is nothing but an attempt at recapturing the glory of its predecessor through imitation."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"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
"So utterly mind numbingly dull."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"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
"If you liked 300, you're probably going to really like 300: Rise of an Empire. ... it's got more character development, a smarter story, and is just gorgeous to watch and amazingly good fun."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"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
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