In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Slave soldiers. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw left with no options he moved. The battle lasted for about 3 days and after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks. —IMDb
When Hollywood tapped wunderkind director Zack Snyder to guide their big-budget FX-heavy epics Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2006) through to fruition, they pulled him straight from the pinnacle of the advertising world. Snyder already had a veritable plethora of Clios under his belt, thanks to his fluidly filmed, ingenious spots for Corona beer, Nokia cell phones, and other products. He typically held double-duty on the ads as both director and cinematographer, and culled a healthy amount of Tinseltown recognition as a result. Dawn of the Dead represented Snyder’s debut. An effects-heavy remake of George A. Romero’s 1979 sequel — about hordes of flesh-hungry zombies storming a shopping mall — the picture starred Ving Rhames and Sarah Polley. The independent production banners Strike and New Amsterdam co-produced the splatter movie; Universal released it. Unsurprisingly, the film grossed a whopping amount at the box office, enabling Snyder and his wife to run their own shingle, Cruel… read more
Ancient history and bloody violence has always been a winning combination. "300" knows this, and it delivers without feeling the need to disguise its true intentions with some half-assed political or family drama at the center, which is one of the reasons I love it. Not to mention, its depiction of the Spartan lifestyle is a lot more accurate than you might think -- "Braveheart" this ain't.
Despite Snyder's knack for creating nothing but remade or wrongfully adapted trash (and yet still be hailed as a "visionary"), this film stands alone in its entertainment value. The monochromatic aesthetics are irritating (and paved the way for many more VFX-heavy wastes of time) but the props, costumes, and unfiltered low-brow brutality of the story is as entertaining as any other sword and sandal flick.
Two and a half years ago it could fairly be said as late as daybreak on Christmas morning that Frank Miller was among the best-known comic
Human beings have always had need to have belief in myths and legends of the past. It is a way to feel safe. To believe that perhaps there has been the source of the reason he was able to feel more… read review