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: The virtue of the Athenians seems almost quaint alongside the consummate badassery of the Spartans, and so this sequel/prequel lacks the testosterone overload of its predecessor. Stylistically, it is similar, with its lengthy, uninterrupted shots of violent variable-speed action.
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.
Conclusion: Despite being stylishly identical to Zack Snyder's wildly imaginative adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, '300: Rise of an Empire' is a passably entertaining follow-up that neither complements nor augments its predecessor.
Conclusion: It's never a good sign for a "sequel" when it makes you question if you actually liked the original. Such is the case with 300: Rise of an Empire , which is so similar to the original, yet so perceptibly flawed, to the point where it reflects negatively on 300 .