Digressions into semantics of ‘sequel’ or prequel’ apart “300: Rise Of An Empire”, a stylized action film can well be termed as a ‘porn-quel’ with its penchant for crazy sex, welcoming intercourse while busy in combat, showcasing breasts that bulge out, and merrily shoving sharpened blades in guts.
A blood-soaked, gory-and-brutal in its handling of history, with an overload of imagery, 300: Rise Of An Empire is at best watchable for the woman power centralized in the person of sexy Artemisia [Eva Green], the ex Bond girl, whose show stopper outfits are made of hardened armour sculpted with hints of poky nipples, revealing shirts made of human hair, or dresses with metals contriving as
though to fall off and reveal a breast.
Oops! how much sh^% can a movie uphold!
Themistokles [Sullivan Stapleton] is the Greek general heading forces against the Persian army.
Xerxes [Rodrigo Santoro] is the mourning son of King Darius [Igal Naor] who undergoes a transformation and calls himself god-King.
He desires revenge against Athens and chooses Artemisia, the girl his father Darius rescued from pillage and trained as warrior.
The vengeful Artemisia is gutsy and emotionless and is central to this tale soaked in blood, with sea as the battlefield.
During the aquatic fete, this gory fight on the Aegean Sea, the Persian forces overwhelm the Greek fighters as the viewer is regaled with the Rise of Woman power in the person of Artemisia.
Her demeanor is suggestive of demented person with her wide eyes, shredded dresses, who severs heads of weak men, kisses heads and throws them away in sheer disgust.
As the swords clang, scene becomes crimson with splattered blood, and ships collapse, sinking human bodies to the depths of the ocean, the viewer gasps for breath.
The role of Lena Hoadey as Spartan queen Gorgo opens the movie with a voice that leaves much to be desired.
In a nut shell, 300: Rise Of An Empire does not match its predecessor; and Gerard Butler is sadly missed.
But, ignore that details, and you have an entertaining time, if blood and body is what you like.
With loads of special effects, 300: Rise Of An Empire is an exceptionally graphic tale that consists of bisecting of heads and piercing human bodies with swords and the mayhem of the bloodiest kind.
Watch it to experience it: you may either come out super-charged up or puking.
Rating: 3 stars
By Joseph R
300: Rise Of An Empire is now playing in Australian Cinemas.