Hit or Miss

January 17, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire: Hit or Miss?


In case you don’t know, March sees the release of the belated sequel to 300. The story this time is as follows: After its victory over Leonidas’ 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes’ army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land.

When 300 came out in 2006 it blew audiences away with its stunning visuals, epic battle scenes and bloody violence. If you were an action fan, you loved 300.

It was a huge hit so a sequel was inevitable; thing is, it’s 8 years later. Practically every sword and sandals movie like Immortals, Hercules, Spartacus, etc have ripped off the visual style in pretty much every way.

Then I saw the trailer. I have to say that despite not having an A-List cast, this looks like it might be an absolute blast, with more stunning visuals and some great looking action.

Will it be anything we haven’t seen before? Possibly not, but I have to say that I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far.

Sullivan Stapleton has made a name for himself in the excellent action series Strike Back as a wise ass American spy. He certainly looks the part in the role of Themistokles but will he have the shouty greatness of Gerard Butler? Not sure, but if he can decapitate people in super slo mo, then I’m sold.

The returning cast includes Lena Heady as Leonidas’ widow Queen Gorgo and Rodrigo Santoro returns as the “God King” Xerxes. We also have the lovely Eva Green as a villain who looks utterly batshit, which should be fun.

What challenges does it face? Well, the lack of any big names may be off-putting and the name 300 may not have the brand appeal that it had 8 years ago; that’s a long gap between movies and I wonder if interest is still there.

It will also most likely be rated R which may be a factor; it wasn’t for the first movie but audiences seem to be growing softer every day.

Personally, I loved the first 300 and I will be there for this movie on opening night. So will it be a hit or a miss with audiences? I think a middle-sized hit. About $40-50 million domestically and $100-150 Mil worldwide.

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.

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