Excerpt: 300: Rise of an Empire feels like a tribute act to one of your favourite bands. They go through the motions, play the songs and look a little like the people they are impersonating but as we all know, there's nothing like watching the real thing. That's exactly how 300: Rise of an Empire feels.
Excerpt: In true comic book (excuse me, graphic novel ) fashion, Rise of an Empire presents the “origin” of the evil god-king of Persia and his hatred of all things Greek. Set ten years before the Battle of Thermopylae, this wild prologue is very much in the wheelhouse of writer/artist Frank Miller, whose...
Excerpt: In 2006 a little movie based off a graphic novel hit theaters. It starred a then very unknown Gerard Butler and the movie was called, simply 300 . History buffs will know the number as the battle of King Leonidas and his 300 men as they fought the Persians at Thermopylae.
Summary: When 300 came out, I was wowed by a lot of the visuals because they made the film feel like it was part of something exciting and distinct. (Or at least a less gritty and more classical realization of Sin City , another Frank Miller adaptation that had come out two years earlier.
Conclusion: 300: Rise of an Empire isn't as disarmingly awful as its predecessor, but it still doesn't make a strong case for this brand of extremely violent action film to exist. Warner's Blu-ray 3D combo pack offers dazzling picture, even better sound, and over an hour of substantial bonus features.