Sound Off: Noam Murro's '300: Rise of an Empire' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
March 7, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Seize your glory! Now in theaters everywhere is 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel/prequel/side-story to Zack Snyder's 300 based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, which raged on the big screen seven years ago in early 2007. While Leonidas isn't back, this time we follow Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, fighting off Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, played again by Rodrigo Santoro, and Artemisia, played by Eva Green. So how is this one? As good as the first one? Any better? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on 300: Rise of an Empire.
To fuel the fires of Sparta, 300: Rise of an Empire is actually an impressively entertaining action movie that sort of, for the most part, lives up to the original. Director Noam Murro replicates the style and the feel, but he doesn't have the same touch that Snyder does with the action scenes. They just don't feel as fluid and perfectly choreographed as they are in 300. But that said, there's a hell of a lot of action in this movie and it's definitely one of this starts-and-doesn't-stop kind of experiences. Sullivan Stapleton is no Gerard Butler, but he does hold his own. Eva Green is bonkers, which is enjoyable most of the time but became a bit bland. It's a few notches below the original, but still an entertaining comic book, fantasy, history, action mash-up.
What did you think of Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire? Badass follow-up or a visual disaster?
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