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

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Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!!

  • Dec 17, 2009
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The 300 Spartans is based on the battle of Thermopylae between the Persian empire and Greece. Mainly Athens and 300 Spartan Hoplites against the entire Persian empire. The Persians were lead by Xerxes the Great who Persians believed to be a man god. The Greek City States were lead by King Leonidas of Sparta. Although a mere man, King Leonidas was a warrior in every sense of the word! Xerxes the Great was continuing a war with Greece that had been initiated by his father, Darius the Great.

The Persian forces numbered in the hundreds of thousands while the Greeks brought a force of 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and 6,000 various Greek allies. What are 300 Spartan Hoplites worth in a frontal assault which can not be flanked? First you have to understand what a Spartan Hoplite warrior is. From the time a Spartan male is born, he is trained. At the age of seven he is taken from his family and trained to be the most brutal and lethal warrior he can be. After thirteen years of agony and training only the best remain {consequently, the word agony originated from a Spartan military contests called Agon}. These warriors become the Spartan elite and pray for a beautiful death {to die in battle} and continue to train until a battle presents itself. The entire Spartan culture and society revolved around this militaristic state. Once the male completed the training of the Spartan elite he was a citizen.

King Leonidas is a good and just King. A good man, father and husband. But above these, he was a proud Spartan and a most deadly warrior. So when the Persian diplomat rides to the city of Sparta with the heads of slain kings hanging from the saddle of his steed. They demand Sparta to submit to Xerxes the Great, it didn’t go over to well. Neither Leonidas or Sparta were accustomed to submitting or threats.

Shortly after the Persian King Xerxes received his answer from Sparta he lead his forces towards Greece supported by a massive Persian naval fleet. Leonidas pleaded with the Spartan Senate and politicians as well as the religious oracles to send the Spartan Army to meet the massive Persian invasion force. He was denied by both the Senate and the religious sect. The only option King Leonitas had was to take his elite body guard of 300 Spartans and meet the enemy head on at the Hot-gates where numbers wouldn’t matter as much. Some Allies of the Spartans show up to fight for their freedom and Greece as well. King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans were given command of the forces and they engaged the hundreds of thousands of Persians including the elite Persian Immortals. In the end the Greeks were betrayed by several of their own. Corrupt clergymen and politicians and the infamous Ephialtes. The death of King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans was a rally cry across all of Greece. Shortly after King Xerxes defeated the 300 Spartans at the Hot-gates. Here Xerxes faced thirty thousand Greeks of which ten thousand were elite Spartan Hoplites. As you can imagine the Persians were spanked and sent back home with their man god.

300 is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I must admit that I tend to enjoy military and history movies. I also like cutting edge special effects, a good cast and a well directed film. Just so happens that all of the above and then some are included in the movie 300. The movie is based on comic book artist/writer Frank Millers 300. Frank Miller’s, Sin City was also used to create a recent successful film. The special effects in 300 are far and beyond anything I have ever seen. The battle scenes are in a league of their own. Not because it’s better than the opening battle scene of a film such as, Saving Private Ryan. It’s just shot and edited entirety different by three cameras at three different angles and then ran at three different speeds. Then the footage is combined with cutting edge computer generated art and graphics to make for battle scenes that are spectacular to say the least.

The cast and the acting was also outstanding. In particular Gerard Butler as King Leonidas. I had not seen many of the actors in this film. I noticed a couple from the film Troy but most of the main cast were unknowns to me. The acting by Gerard Butler is superb! Lena Headey also gives an outstanding performance. The entire cast seemed to fit the film and their parts very well. The story of the 300 Spartans last stand has been told many times and portrayed in several films but I assure you, nothing like this film has ever been done about the 300 Spartans. Zack Snyder clearly done his homework and researched as much as he could about the actual battle that took place approximately 2,527 years ago. Then he added the highlights from Frank Millers comic book, 300 where he could. There is also a sub plot about the crooked and corrupt. It seems corruption and crooked politicians have been around as long as Democracy. The score is also worth mentioning. The score was very well done and suited this film well. When all of these are combined with the CG {Computer Generated} special effects it makes for one hell of a movie! I would recommend 300 to anyone who enjoys films such as Troy and Gladiator . I also enjoyed the commentary feature on the DVD which is an option that can be turned on. Be warned 300 is one bloody movie about one bloody battle!
Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!! Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!! Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!! Madness?... THIS IS SPARTA!!

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March 08, 2010
It was fun, though I doubt that any army every rode rhinos into battle. =) I also thought that while the capes looked great cinematically it was highly doubtful that anyone would actually wear them into battle and last more then 5 minutes.
 
March 08, 2010
outstanding! I really liked this review. Some folks were complaining that it wasn't historically accurate but for me, for an adaptation of the graphic novel, it was a great screenplay. I really liked this film and thank you for the review!
 
December 17, 2009
Awesome Review!  I loved this movie a lot.  Some people didn't get into it, but the way in which it was filmed was very clever and unique.  Did you hear that they are making a "sequel" called Xerxes?  That is pretty exciting!  Thanks for sharing Joe! 
 
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 300 is quite the confused movie. There are times when its unoriginality is glaring, like in a scene stolen to a tee straight from the finale of Gladiator, juxtaposing the death of our hero King Leonidas with images of his young son and wife running in a dark field of grain. Then there are times when it tries so hard to be unique it’s ludicrous, such as a scene in a Persian army camp where totally inexplicable things are going on including, but not limited to, a near-orgy, a squirming …
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1 of the BEST!!
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Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
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This...is...BORING! I just never got into 300 as much as my friends, though I appreciate the effort they gave it.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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Bloody good time in this war thriller with lots and lots of half naked men killing each other!
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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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