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300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire

History becomes a vulgar spectacle in this ultraviolent actioner about the second Persian invasion of Greece and the Battle of Artemisium. An Athenian general (Sullivan Stapleton) leads his muscle-bound countrymen against an evil king (Rodrigo Santoro) and the vast army led by his buxom second in command (Eva Green), a foul temptress with a murderous streak. The slow-motion battle scenes are technically impressive and occasionally elegant, but there's enough machismo here to choke a thousand NFL locker rooms; thank cowriters Zack Snyder (who directed the original 300) and Kurt Johnstand for the rampant homophobia and chauvinism. In one scene Green and Stapleton meet to discuss a possible truce but wind up trying to out-fuck each other in a display of carnal superiority; she eventually succumbs to his, uh, will. Noam Murro directed.

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Director:

  • Noam Murro

Cast:

  • Sullivan Stapleton
  • Eva Green
  • Lena Headey
  • Hans Matheson
  • Callan Mulvey
  • David Wenham
  • Rodrigo Santoro
  • Jack O'Connell
  • Andrew Tiernan
  • Igal Naor
  • Andrew Pleavin
  • Peter Mensah
  • Ben Turner
  • Ashraf Barhom
  • Christopher Sciueref

Producers:

  • Gianni Nunnari
  • Mark Canton
  • Zack Snyder
  • Deborah Snyder
  • Bernie Goldmann
  • Thomas Tull
  • Frank Miller
  • Stephen Jones
  • Jon Jashni

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