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Review of "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014. Written 30th March 2014
Anticipation of: "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE" by Jayne Waterford

This war fantasy is a series of great one liners delivered by gorgeous women. It is set on, "wooden ships and a title wave of heroes blood," as Green's war General Artemisia in league with Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) encourages her men to, "dance across the backs of the Greeks."

And you know, I was wondering why it was so different from "300 1". It was not directed by Zack Snyder. I mean how do you write about Zack Snyder doing a flop? It was SO different. Snyder was about decisiveness and stance and hyper-real presence and the lads having a giggle together where Noam Murro was about the ordinary man and an ordinary presence in austere circumstances. For example, Snyder brought the ugly masks up as a wave of terror Xerxes pit against the Spartans. Murro, whist keeping their faces spare of identity put them in a comic role, facing the Artemisia's cabin where sexy noises were coming out while she was, "busy," with Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and that's it in a nut shell. Murro's Greeks were standing arounding groups together working out how to go for it, and they did while Synder's Spartans lived for war.

And sure they would have had more enjoyment in

going to war, instead of playing a morose flute and looking sad on the way to the Hot Gates. The real Spartans wore dread locks and went naked and wore make-up into war. It's was pure enjoyment to them, their reason for being. Plus they only saw their women at night, by candle-light, when they looked their best, so as not to put them off. So, okay, Snyder and Murro are working with different groups of historical peoples with different philosophies on life and everything. But I can't remember anyone in Snyder's film who spoke who was not striking. I suspect Gerard Butler (Leonardis in Snyder's "300" (2006)) brings it out in people. Snyder's work was more fun. It had to be wrecked by someone bringing in thoughts of the everyman. No one wants to be an everyman when they walk into the cinema!

So that sums it up, that and heaving waves, straight out of Wolfgang Petersen's "THE PERFECT STORM" (2000) and gouts of blood being flung across the screen after the manner of Jonathan Liebesman's "WRATH OF THE TITANS" (2012) only somehow the blood looked a little older, a little darker, a little thicker, like it had slowed down its trajectory so much that is was beginning to congeal before it hit the ground.

Rodrigo Santoro has never looked so beautiful throughout a film before and that's saying something.

Dilios (David Wenham) made it into the second installment as a Spartan with presence, before and after loosing his god-given eye.

In one way I percieve a pointed point. And that was regarding Eva Green's whore General or general whore. There she was, Artemisia playing out her attraction for Themistocles on the table in her office while the guards were outside and they continued to serve as if it was all perfectly ordinary. We saw her history and really felt for her as well. It reminded me of another story about a quirky woman in a consistently respected position of authority...

I felt sea-sick for some hours after seeing "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE" It may have been the effect they were going for. 4/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Noam Murro's
"300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE" (2014)

Director Noam Murro
Producers Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, Gianni Nunnari, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Thomas Tull
Stars Sullivan Stapleton (Themistocles), Eva Green (Artemisia), David Wenham (Dilios), Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes) and Andrew Tiernan
Release Date 6th March 2014
Category War Action Adventure
Running Time 102 minutes (1 hour, 42 minutes)
Rating MA15+
Origin Greece and USA
Coda No
http://300themovie.net
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Official Blurb "Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will
change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Noam Murro & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller. It is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Noam Murro, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann. Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serve as executive producers.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer

Patrick Tatopoulos, editors Wyatt Smith and David Brenner, and costume designer Alexandra Byrne. The music is composed by Junkie XL.

Opening in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX beginning March 7, 2014, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company." - Warner Bros. Pictures PR

Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: EVA GREEN as Artemisia in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: RODRIGO SANTORO as Xerxes in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: SULLIVAN STAPLETON as Themistokles in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Caption: A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: DAVID WENHAM (center) as Dilios in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Copyright: © 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND LEGENDARY PICTURES FUNDING, LLC.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Caption: A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' action adventure "300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.