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An fantasy-action film directed by Zack Snyder and based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.

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THIS IS SPARTA! (boy do I wish)

  • Aug 18, 2007
Rating:
+5
Pros: Awesome use of cinematography, coloring, great acting; well done!

Cons: Definitely not for everyone (violence and weirdness)

The Bottom Line: I'm telling you - Xerxes was a Goa'uld...

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I decided my sister and I needed to see a movie. Reno 911? Ghost Rider? We were a little torn until I read so many good reviews about 300. I’d been wary until then, knowing it was going to be weird, and remembered Sin City (as it was also done by Frank Miller) was not quite to my taste in many respects, but my fellow Epinionators don’t lie – and it did look pretty sweet visually. We decided the only way to see 300 was on the big screen.

Good choice.

Xerxes, the God-King of Persia is coming, killing all who stand in his way and absorbing any kingdom into his empire. But Leonidas, King of Sparta and a hardened warrior (in more ways than one) is not so easily swayed. After all, this is Sparta, a city of well-bred warriors who kneel to no one. His actions will bring war and destruction upon them, and there has been no blessing from the gods given to Leonidas, which means he must obey the laws and not take his army out to greet Xerxes. Fine.

Instead he takes 300 of his finest warriors to the Hot Gates, a narrow passageway that Xerxes has no choice but to go through in order to reach Sparta. It is there that Leonidas and his men will make their stand as Leonidas’s wife makes pleas to bring the rest of the army to them. However, there is always at least one traitor in one’s country that must be looked out for. Even if you already know the end to the story, be prepared for a glorious battle nonetheless…

Glorious indeed. In my own humble opinion, I think the visuals for this movie were absolutely perfect – this was graphic novel come to life. Sin City was interesting, but this was just stunning. I loved every second of it. Yes, the Spartan warrior abdominal muscles are obviously airbrushed to defined perfection, colors aren’t actually that color, but I do not freaking care. That’s what makes it so great; it’s fiction through and through (though based on a historical story – and if you know any of that story you know how the movie ends, or at least what happens to the Spartans).

In some ways it’s almost high-end video game-like. You are going to get a lot of blood, decapitation, and some weird stuff; one Spartan traitor was all Quasimodo style and Xerxes had an interesting, ah, “axe-man,” but you should be expecting it if you are at all familiar with Frank Miller’s style. It’s awesome and exotic, with some sexual segments (that’s right guys, you’re going to see some boobies), and Xerxes has a plethora of unique battalions. Many of the high-ranking Persians are so decked out in gold chains and piercings, even Mr. T would feel insignificant.

I loved every second of the acting. I had no idea that Leonidas was played by Gerard Butler (who happened to be the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera) and found myself sitting in my chair at the theater with my mouth hanging open going, “That was Gerard Butler??” Very impressive. I was a sucker for the relationship he had with his wife, very intense yet somehow very convincing very fast.

Narrating the story is one of my favorite boys *yay!* David Weham (Faramir from Lord of the Rings and Carl from Van Helsing). He’s a Spartan warrior who is sent back at the end to tell their story. *squeals* Look at him with his short hair in Spartan getup! So cool. Love that guy. I get the feeling all the men playing Spartans in this movie had a good time getting into the Spartan spirit. How often do you get to go all berserker with a spear, sword, and shield and scream like a complete psycho? Perhaps we should let men get primal more often – I see that and I think to myself “I was born in the wrong era.” One of my older sister’s friends walked out of the theater saying, “I really want to stab something now…”

Aside from the weirdness (mostly attributed to the grotesque creatures on the screen; don’t really know why they were necessary aside from the shock factor – I guess maybe to make the battle more sensational?), I have absolutely no qualms with this movie. I don’t’ even mind the weirdness so much because I knew it was coming. Otherwise I really enjoyed it and the music was pretty awesome. So much so that I might have to put the soundtrack of my Amazon wish list. You’ll get a mix of hardcore rock and instrumental power with some loud choir thrown in. Overly dramatic on purpose at some points I thought. But it works for the movie.

Definitely not for children of any age, this movie is very graphic and very violent. I stress the word “very” there. Not to mention the sex/nudity scenes. I would say only a certain audience would enjoy this, and while I still stick to that statement for the most part, my parents totally shocked me by seeing it as well. Except dad didn’t know it was Frank Miller (which he probably would have skipped since he did not like Sin City at all), and my mom hates blood and extreme violence, yet she found the movie interesting and liked the style (both of which I found interesting). So you never know.

I’d so marry a Spartan...always did love the warriors with swords.

NT

Finally got the 300 – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack!

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, 300 takes over the screen like an invading horde. With all the gushing blood of a horror movie and the scope of a classic epic, the second film from Zack Snyder (who helmed the 2004 remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD) is an impressive visual spectacle. Gerard Butler (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) plays Leonidas, the king of ancient Sparta. The city is famous for its warrior philosophy, and Leonidas won't kneel to the demands of Persia's King Xerxes (LOST's Rodrigo Santoro). Instead, Leonidas leads his 300-strong army against Xerxes's army of millions. Meanwhile, his wife (Lena Headey, THE BROTHERS GRIMM) campaigns in Sparta for the city to send reinforcements as she butts heads with the treacherous Theron (Dominic West, THE WIRE).


300 is a 2007 American action film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller, a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a super-imposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.

King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leads 300 Spartans into battle against Persian "God-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers. As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over ...
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Cast: Rodrigo Santoro, Dominic West, Tom Rack, Stephen McHattie, Gerard Butler, Peter Mensah, David Wenham, John Dunn-Hill, Vincent Regan, Lena Headey, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, Giovani Antonio Cimmino, Greg Kramer, Alex Ivanovici, Kelly Craig, Eli Snyder, Tyler Neitzel, Tim Connolly, Marie-Julie Rivest, Sébastian St Germain, Arthur Holden, Michael Sinelnikoff, Dennis St. John, Neil Napier, Dylan Scott Smith, Maurizio Terrazzano, Robert Paradis, Kwasi Songui, Alexandra Beaton, Frédéric Smith, Loucas Minchillo, Nicholas Minchillo, David J. Francis, James Bradford, Andrew Shaver, Robin Wilcock, Kent McQuaid, Marcel Jeannin, Jere Gillis, Jeremy Thibodeau, Tyrone Benskin, Robert Maillet, Patrick Sabongui, Leon Laderach, David Lapommeray, Vervi Mauricio, Charles Papasoff, Isabelle Champeau, Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz, Maeva Nadon, David Thibodeau, David Schaap, Jean-Michel Pare, Stuart Myiow, Andréanne Ross, Sara Giacalone, Ariadne Bourbonniere, Isabelle Fournel, Sandrine Mérette-Attiow, Elisabeth Etienne, Danielle Hubbard, Ruan Vibegaard, Geneviéve Guilbault, Bonnie Mak, Amélie Sorel, Caroline Aspirot, Gina Gagnon, Tania Trudell, Stephanie Aubry, Mercedes Leggett, Stéphania Gambarova, Chanelle Lamothe, Sabrina-Jasmine Guilbault, Manny Cortez Tuazon, Cindy, Atif Siddiqi, Camille Rizkallah, Trudi Hanley, Neon Cobran, Gary A. Hecker
Director: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
Release Date: March 9, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Gordon, Zack Snyder
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Legendary Pictures
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