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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
300 Muscles on Display in Latest Movie

If you are a fan of the HBO series Spartacus, you will feel right at home with the new movie 300: Rise of an Empire. Directed by Noam Murro, who also directed Smart People, this is a graphic account of the Greek general Thermistokles' attempt to prevent the Persians from invading and destroying Greece. Led by mortal turned god, Xerxses, and his off-sider, the vengeful Artemisia, the Persians head off to battle a puny Greek navy in attempt to bring the Greek Empire down. The movie is full of all the blood and guts you would expect in a battle of good verses evil, which is based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller.

300 Rise of Empire
Strong Female Leads are a Feature

For the women in the audience, you may identify with the one of the two very strong female roles in the film - they certainly take matters into their own hands. And if you're a fan of muscles and sweat then the film is definitely a body-fest, though not with any particularly well-known actors. You will recognize Australian actor Callan Mulvey from the TV series Rush and Mark Killeen from The Dark Knight Rises, but that's about it unless you saw the first 300 movie, in which case you will recognize the actors from the lead roles.

Callan Mulvey 300
Australian Actor Callan Mulvey Plays A Role
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Men will enjoy the fight scenes - my husband said they were pretty seamless and believable - but I'm not much of a judge in these things. To me, slow motion blood spatters in 3D don't weigh heavily in my list of things which are important in a movie.

On the use of 3D, it's got a few good moments, including a scene which gave me vertigo, however I'm not sure that it was all that important to the film. To me the propensity of sparks from camp fires and dust mites floating around in the air made me feel like someone had entered the wrong algorithm for generating these flecks into the computer, but then I haven't been in a army campsite in Ancient Greece, so what would I know?

The movie is rated R due to a bit of language, a raunchy sex scene and the graphic violence which occurs throughout the movie. If you're up for a bit of Uggh, then this is your movie. I'm not sure if I'd pay the extra to see it in 3D unless you're a real fan.

The movie runs for 102 minutes, which feels quite short after some of the epic run times of recent movies, but that's probably a good thing. To find out more, visit the official website.
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