"Rise Of An Empire is Entertaining and Sexy!"
"It's like Battleship for Grownups!"
When the original "300" left us, we knew King Leonidas was dead and that there was a glimmer of hope for the people of Greece. Well, hope came and it's battle was not fought on land, but in some of the most treacherous waters known to man! "300:Rise Of An Empire" is a movie that gives film goers a view of the bigger picture that was taking place while 300 Spartans found their glory at the end of a Persian blade.
We watched the film and here is our Unhinged Review...
Talk about digging into the story! After watching this film, you'll realize that King Xerxes's madness is not without good reason. Now of course those reasons will be presented to you once you watch the film, but let us just say that Revenge is a dish best served in battle. Epic battle to be exact and it's commander on the front line is a cold-blooded killer named Artemisia(Green).
Artemisia is Xerxes's right hand and she is also one of the key reasons that the battle of "300" even happened in the first place. You see, Artemisia's childhood was less than savory as she has also experienced the darker side of Greece, but instead of cower, she choose to evolve. They say a woman scorned is one of the deadliest forces on the planet, well, Artemisia is the shell of a woman torched!
So given that Artemisia will represent Xerxes's infinite power in "Rise Of An Empire", who shall be the chosen warrior of Greece?
Enter Themistokles. Now, Themistokles(Stapleton) is no King Leonidas, but he does however have a keen insight of Naval warfare. He's from Athens and it's his duty to rally the troops and stop Artemisia from choking Greece at it's sides. But how will he do it? We all remember how Xerxes's massive numbers crushed 300 Spartans, so how can a bearded sea dog from Athens hope to stand a chance?
Well, the movie begins by recapping the epic battle of "300" from a narrative perspective, before shifting to what was taking shape just outside of our view. Xerxes has been a busy boy and he's hellbent on destroying Greece, Leonidas just happened to be one of the few to stand against his oppressor. Themistokles, however, isn't as direct and sword savvy as the Great Spartan, but he's got a bite of his own. He must use his cunning wit and knowledge of warfare to stand against the god-king Xerxes's Naval commander, Artemisia.
The battle that follows is long and hard, but every bit as interesting as the one we all loved in the original "300". The slow-motion 3D carnage continues to be seen throughout the picture, but also you get to witness some "adult" themed content that is truly an "eye-opening " experience. Eva Green rocks in her role as the dark heart, Artemisia and her zest for Greek blood is fierce!
In conclusion, "Rise Of An Empire" picks up where "300" left off, but not before reaching back to what initially triggered the whole blood fest to begin with. It's an interesting film, a sexy film that will leave you on the edge of your seat until the last credits roll(you've been warned)!
Who will enjoy this movie? Fans of the first 300 of course(lol). Who will not enjoy this movie? Well, there's always a hater in every crowd, but it would be wise to see the first "300" before delving into this watery titan of a film. It's in theaters now, so go see it, before you get kicked down the well..lol(jk)
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