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

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The Ultimate Guy Movie Comes, Times 300!

  • Mar 20, 2007
Rating:
+3
Pros: No chick flick stuff!

Cons: Ending needed work

The Bottom Line: An epic without the drama of an epic. It just rushes right at you!

Oh my my my. The groundhogs must have been hung over on their day this year. Not only did they miss their shadows, they never went outside at all. It's only March and we're already in the middle of the summer. 300 may not be a part of the summer movie season according to the calendar, but timing doesn't make it any less of a summer movie at its heart.

Director Zack Snyder doesn't give 300 a whole lot of crappy melodrama, or even any good dialogue. No, what will make 300 a cult classic is ATTITUDE! Snyder realizes that summer movies are not about good dialogue or even good stories, but about attitude! What's a good performance, after all, if the actor isn't convinced that he's not only capable of ripping your lungs out, but just about to do it? Even if all the Spartans in 300 weren't reminding each other of how tough they are, they'd still reek of attitude. Listening to these guys, you get the feeling that they're about to look at their enemies - and at YOU - and say "Okay, I'm gonna kill you first, and then you, and finally YOU!"

Here's a brief history lesson for those who may only know Spartans as Michigan State basketball players: Spartans are warriors who were from an ancient Greek city called Sparta. The children in Sparta were trained to be the best warriors of their time almost since birth. They were shipped off and relentlessly trained and drilled at the age of seven. As a result, Sparta became a city-state known for its almost unbeatable army. The average Spartan had a mindset not unlike the Uruk-hai in Lord of the Rings: Trained to take orders without question, to never retreat, and to fight as a complete, solitary unit. To the average Spartan in 300, a gouged eye is no big deal - just a scratch, that's why the good lord gave you two. When told enemy archers will darken the sky with their arrows, the 300 Spartans just smile, laugh, and say that if that's the case, they'll simply fight in the shade.

The excuse for the bloodletting begins when some negotiators visit Sparta on behalf of the invading warlord Xerxes. The gist of the message is that there will be no need for violence as long as the Spartans just lay down their arms and willingly surrender to Xerxes. Problem is, Sparta's King, Leonidas, recently heard Xerxes made the same offer to Athens. Athens said no. Sparta, viewing Athens as a haven of wussy philosophers and NAMBLA members, demonstrates that its people are MEN, dammit, by not only saying no but taking the extra step of tossing the messengers into a well. (You know, just to make sure there's no confusion.) Xerxes is understandably upset and moves in to attack. Leonidas seeks permission to fight, but he's not allowed to fight because it's a religious holiday. So instead of fighting, Leonidas merely goes out one day for a stroll up north with 300 hand-picked, fully armed bodyguards. (His words, not mine.)

That's just the first half hour. The remainder of 300 is a fantastic, beautifully choreographed ballet with warriors and droplets of blood filling in for the dancers. 300 is most definitely a guy movie, and it also assures itself cult status once the battle begins. When the fight starts, it is all - and I do mean ALL - action from that point out. It has the look of a comic book as it should because of the involvement of Frank Miller, and it plays out much like a video game. And blood-soaked frame after blood-soaked frame, it is a GLORIOUS sight to behold. The 300 cut a bloody swath through a wide variety of foes including enormous berserkers, immortals who don't quite live up to their title, and rampaging elephants. They do this at a pace that rarely lets up so you can remember that you’re short of breath and drenched in sweat the whole time.

In the few scenes in which the action actually lets up, we're presented with a side plot about a slimy, traitorous senator, or something like that. Let's be honest here: No one is going to be paying much attention during the talk scenes, even when the senator gets his very cool comeuppance. For most of the talky scenes, I had very little clue as to what was going on. All I was thinking about was what happened to all the action and when the action was going to come back. Fortunately, the talky scenes are few and short so the pacing of the movie isn't interrupted too much.

The sole weakness of 300 is the clichéd ending, during which the movie tries to go all Braveheart on us. But oh well. By the end, your eyes will have a red tint and you'll have a big, wide, ear-to-ear grin on your face. You'll walk out of the theater, turn to someone, and say "HOLY $#!%, THAT WAS FREAKING COOL!"


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November 14, 2010
Great review! I got to see the previews at Wondercon and saw Butler say a few words -- great production!
 
November 14, 2010
nicely done!
 
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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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