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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Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
I loved it. I can't wait to see the sequel when it opens this weekend.
YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName on Mar 7, 2014
You loved it and yet you haven't seen it?
JBrotsis on Mar 8, 2014
I did see it, and I loved it. I was commenting that I couldn't wait for the sequel to come out.
YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName on Mar 8, 2014
I know this is the wrong place to say this, but there was never a sound off for Non-Stop. Or was I mis(Taken)? Sorry no intentional pun intended.
Michael B on Mar 7, 2014
rolyjimenez on Mar 7, 2014
Yes please Alex! But I'm afraid this form of comment system will be lost due to it's post date. I wonder if you will even see this comment. Anyhow, I didn't expect to watch this movie because a friend dragged me along. It was between this and Robocop. Neeson delivers as always in his acting. Plot twist wasn't too in your face surprising and the pace of the movie kept it watchable. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Better than average and would give it a solid B.
Michael B on Mar 10, 2014
Enjoyed it as much as the first one! Lots of action keeps your attention...
Ronnie on Mar 7, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised. But something that really got in the way for me was the score. Absolutely awful. Anytime they tried to build up a big scene they used this unpleasant Indian kind of music. Other than that it was enjoyable
Rob on Mar 7, 2014
Oh no! A typo! An honest mistake occurred! Firstshowing.net is worthless! Piss off, dude. So they missed an "r." BFD. The site would lose credibility if they called this movie an early Oscar nominee, not for missing a fucking letter.
Jaleel White on Mar 7, 2014
Eva Green is glorious! She totally steals the show!
PikeyOneil on Mar 7, 2014
Eva Green is a goddess, carrying the rest of the movie on her back completely. It's so by the numbers, even down to the same character types and story beats. But she's the best thing in both movies. I would love to see both films cut together though.
Kento on Mar 7, 2014
That would be really cool. It would be a really long movie, but it would have a Game of Thrones element of story telling that may actually make it a better movie.
UrAllThumb on Mar 8, 2014
this movie was terrible. Too much slo mo, too much fake blood, and no real star power. Eva Green is the only good part but even she cant hold together this mess.
Big Ron on Mar 7, 2014
I enjoyed it thoroughly for the sequel its mocked up to be. It's no "300" but it's very entertaining as the first installment. I wasn't expecting it to be primarily naval battles, but I was happily surprised. And I really liked how the story took place during and after the events of "300". I thought Xerxes was going to be in more often, but it's whatever. A solid 7 out of 10. I'm curious if they're planning on making it a trilogy as they pretty much left it open at the conclusion of the movie.
JBrotsis on Mar 8, 2014
I thought it was horrendous. Worst of all I paid $20 to see it in IMAX. No wonder why it was delayed all that time.
tyban81 on Mar 8, 2014
I saw it last night and thought it was fantastic. When I came out of the cinema my heart was pounding from the jolt of pure movie entertainment. I loved the style, the score and the action scenes. I thought having enjoyed 300 and Spartacus that I'd be tired of the slo mo bits and the blood but far from it. There was invention in the moves and a real feel that Themistokles was a bad ass. Okay he wasn't Leonidas but then he wasn't meant to be. He was more reserved and had a quieter authority about him than Butler but Spartans are different to Athenians and hence it was only right for him to be different. He held my attention and his final speech was great for motivating his men in his admission of error and asking for their support as free men. In a world of generic speeches, playing the humility card was refreshing and inspiring. The action scenes were just amazing and allowed you to strategically see the battlefields (or seas). Eva Green's character was great but I don't feel she 'stole' the movie. There has to be foils and opposites to characters so whereas as she was scene chewing, Themistokles brooded heroism. I really liked how it played out before, during and after the Thermopylae (sp) battle making this feel like another part of the tale rather than a sequel. The soundtrack for this so wonderfully complimented all of the actions scenes and I cannot wait to get it on disc. Currently listening to it on YouTube and it's still impressive. A fabulous, wildly entertaining film that I will have to see again at the cinema. I pray that it does well enough to lead to a final installment that is as well put together as this film.
Payne by name on Mar 8, 2014
Not quite as good as a the original, but original in its own right. The first movie had the novelty of the visuals going for it so in order for this one to stand out it had to up the anti in some way, which I don't think it did. But it maintained the stylistic visual elements with some new characters that were able to carry the film equally as well as the first.
UrAllThumb on Mar 8, 2014
Fyi Non-Stop was shit. Liam Neeson needs a better agent.
SkyNet300 on Mar 9, 2014
I saw 300 Rise Of An Empire last night in 3D and I gotta say it made the first film feel shallow. In my opinion
SkyNet300 on Mar 9, 2014
That movie was terrible. I'd give it a 4/10 with all 4 points going to Eva Green who seemed to carry that movie through thick and thin. Very inconsistent film with pace going from absolutely slow to mindblowingly fast with so many plotholes. Not even a tie in at all to the ending of the first movie which pretty much rendered that ending useless. Enter Xerxes the useless totempole to tie in the 2 movies. Completely useless character in this movie. The horse scene was pure comedy at its best. When did the Athenians become warriors who could fight like the Spartans? Though it maybe pretty, I couldn't help but feel this movie was a hollow mess conjured up in the movie studio boardroom to do nothing but make a quick buck. My 2 cents.
TK on Mar 9, 2014
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