The long gestating sequel to 300 has finally arrived. After what seemed like years of talk, 300: Rise of an Empire is the sequel that will tell the story of what happens after 300 Spartans died trying to fight off the Persian forces of Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). Noam Murro (Smart People) directs this sequel, replacing Zack Snyder, who was a producer on this film. And it wouldn’t be much a 300 film if it didn’t have a little bloodshed and some breathtaking visuals. Luckily this film has plenty of that.
In the film, Sullivan Stapleton plays Themistocles who leads the Greek army to fight Xerxes and the villainess Artemesia (Eva Green). Check out the first trailer for the film below.
Here’s a synopsis:
Based on Frank Millerâ€™s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster â€œ300,â€ this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefieldâ€”on the seaâ€”as Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
â€œ300: Rise of an Empireâ€ pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Honestly, the film looks visually appealing. The sequel hasn’t lost sight of what makes this franchise great, so it just enhances the visuals by making it sharper and the camera transitions smoother. But the story isn’t nearly as captivating. Still, it’s too early too tell how audiences will react to this film, it is the first trailer after all. 300: Rise of an Empire opens in theaters and 3D March 2014.
So what do you think?