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300: Rise of an Empire - Film Review

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published March 25th 2014
This one's for the boys
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 and many chiselled, muscle-bound men are shown shirtless throughout. The movie clearly contains language that is clearly well above that of a PG rating.

Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton joins the cast to lead the heroic Greeks (with perfect six-packs) against the invading barbarian hordes of Xerxes, son of Darius, ruler of the Persian Empire. Xerxes is played by Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro, after a lot of computer manipulation.

In fact, Xerxes is not fully in control of his vast navy. Eva Green, playing Artemisia, a Greek-born Persian general, "creates" him with her feminine wiles. Of these, she has plenty and the camera glides over her curves like a lascivious teenager.

After the death of Darius, she urges Xerxes to go into the desert, where he's transformed into a god-man with a power both "evil and perverse". He emerges from a sacred bath a good metre taller, clinking under several talents of gold, and with an inflated idea of his importance.

Artemisia, commanding his navy, has a ravening hatred of all Greeks, having spent years as a sex slave on a Greek ship.

Israeli director Noam Murro delivers the expected. It's bigger, louder, bloodier, and in this case sexier, given that Eva Green has been persuaded to show her breasts during a passionate peace negotiation with Themistokles.

Artemisia specialises in decapitation. That's the preferred method of dispatch here, but a film with so much killing allows many variations. Limbs are lopped, heads are cleaved, bodies pierced by sword and javelin, legs amputated by a single blow, eyes pierced with an arrow.

The film may be as nasty as its predecessor, but it's not realistic. So that's all right then, definitely one for the boys!
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Why? A movie for the boys
When: Now showing
Where: In cinemas
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