300 Rise of an Empire review: Was it better than the original?


300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters this weekend but fans hoping for a movie that builds on the first film will be upset to learn that the latest outing in the 300 series is nothing but a shameless rehash that changes only the amount of blood and sex and not much else.

And by change, I mean amp up beyond belief.

There was a certain charm to the first film, as director Zack Snyder was able to gleefully dive into the campiness of the film and give us something that actually wasn’t half bad. But with Snyder now in a producing role (aka, the paycheck only role), 300: Rise of an Empire fails to live up to the surprisingly high standards set before it.

Not all is lost though, as the film does showcase the dashing talents of Eva Green. She’s a theater geek at heart, publicly stating that she prefers stage plays to big budget cinema, but that’s what makes her role here so intriguing. Not only is she not difficult to look at, but she actually acts in a film that relies on slow motion action shots and lots of blood and guts.

Green does all she can to save the film and it’s not quite enough. There’s a unintentionally hilarious sex scene in the middle of the film that pits Green’s character against that of a rival Greek general played by Sullivan Stapleton that is meant to be a metaphor for their battle against one another but is just so on-the-nose that it hurts to watch.

That’s pretty much how hard 300: Rise of an Empire tries, as it gets points for trying to be serious but loses all their chips for taking themselves more serious than is warranted.

300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters on March 7th.

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  • Val Gruen

    Why is this not surprising. From the fact that its worse than the first one. To the fact that Eva Green single handledly saves the damn day. I wish this woman could get better movies and better roles. She deserves it. Probably figured put her in a franchise so she gets well known…too bad this may not help

  • Michael Weiss

    I saw it last night for a review and I agree. Green was good and held up her end, but it was otherwise gratuitous. That sex scene was sooooo funny. The scene after as well.

  • DJRickyV

    Eva can have her way with me lol

  • Rob

    It’s better than the first one.

  • Juan S.

    This film is the best at watching it with your bf/gf in a late afternoon. Why? Because when you leave you’d want some action, that’s how sexual this film is!