300: Rise of an Empire
- 1h 43m
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Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the same breathtaking visual style of Man of Steel director Zack Snyder's battle blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh arena -- on the sea -- as statesman-turned-soldier Themistokles (Gangster Squad's Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. This action-adventure epic pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by the treacherous god-king Xerxes (Lost's Rodrigo Santoro reprising his role), and the seductive, vindictive and ambitious Artemisia (Camelot's Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Outnumbered, but not outmaneuvered, the Greek general gambles everything on a daring plan that could seal the fate of his country and the future of democracy.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts...
July 10, 2019
New York Magazine/Vulture
Don't be surprised if, two weeks from now, you forget it ever existed.
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Sequel with stylized bloody battles, sex, and vengeance.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 300: Rise of an Empire is the sequel to the violent hit 300, with the story taking place before, during, and after the events of the original. The violence in the new movie is artificial and fantasy-based, but extremely bloody, with many fight scenes, sliced-up bodies, severed heads and limbs, and huge gushes of spraying blood. There's also a subplot about an abused girl, with sexual abuse strongly suggested. The movie contains a sex scene that plays more like a fight than lovemaking, and female toplessness is shown for several minutes. Another woman is topless in a brief scene, and many chiseled, musclebound men are shown shirtless throughout. The movie clearly contains one use each of "f--k" and "c--k," and a possible second use during a noisy crowd scene.
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- Release Date:March 7, 2014
- Audio Format:5.1
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