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553 Ratings

300: Rise of an Empire

Directed by Noam Murro
United States, 2014
Action, Drama, War


Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

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300: Rise of an Empire Directed by Noam Murro
Rise of an Empire is cheerfully decadent, a film where life is cheap and violence is aestheticised, a film without a single redeeming feature except the fact that it’s naughty fun (though it does get tedious after an hour or so). It’s a juicy entertainment, an outrageous piss-take blended with a war movie.
March 18, 2014
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I hated the Zack-Snyder-directed “300” with a passion… the thing looked as if it had been shot through lenses that had been smeared with dog feces prior to each take. “Rise of an Empire,” directed by Noam Murro is entirely more engaging by dint of being absolutely impossible to take even a little bit seriously. The ruthlessness of Green’s character is taken to extremes that meld Medea to the cheesiest serial you can name, and is hence delicious.
March 07, 2014
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300: Rise of an Empire is an altogether more coherent and less politically convoluted film than 300. This time, Snyder serves as producer and co-writer, and has turned over directing duties to Israeli director Noam Murro. The result, though, is a lot less interesting — its style more anonymous and its macho theatrics more predictable. Director Murro can speed-ramp like a champ, but gone is the level of abstraction that Snyder brought to the original — and with it, much of the visual interest.
March 07, 2014
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