“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Zack Snyder / Actors: Gerard Butler, Rodrigo Santoro ... / DVD released 01 October, 2007 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
A remake and improvement on the film, The 300 Spartans, '300' takes the tale of the 300 Spartans who fended off a whole army of Persians using the surroundings and their ability to fight. Set in 480 B.C., it really goes to town on the whole gung-ho aspect as well as the visually impressive, giving us a typical yet successful Hollywood take on a slice of history.
Too often, Hollywood overdoes things in my eye, throwing too many special effects or too much cheesy dialogue at a film that really doesn't need it. Here in 300, the dialogue is rallying, in a not too dissimilar way to Mel Gibson's Braveheart speech, but there is something admirable about the way that the defiance shines through as the underdogs make their stand. The plot basically starts off with a Persian emissary coming from the Persian ruler (supposedly a Man God) Xerxes, basically saying he's making his way through every country, taking it over.
This angers Spartan ruler, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) , who dispatches the emissaries unceremoniously into a pit, and makes a decision to stand up to the might of the Persian army and its fearsome ruler. The film then proceeds to show exactly how he does this by gathering his 300 men and staging a strategic stand in a gorge. The film gives many examples of war strategy, and the battle itself is rumoured to have sparked a number of underdog fights.
The acting is decent enough, with Butler being sort of put on the international map with his enhanced abs and rousing speeches to his Spartans. He is well supported by the main characters around him, with actors such as Dominic West and David Wenham proving strong in their support roles. Lena Headey is sufficiently alluring as Leonidas' Queen, Gorgo, and is a prime example of how trust can be so weak when it appears so strong.
Were it merely about 300 men holding their own with a good geographical location, then perhaps the film would have been a bit more boring. However, there is a lot of politics going on here as well, and with decisions being made back in Sparta without Leonidas' presence, as well as a spurned Spartan toying with the idea of giving away the Spartans' defensive secret, the film hangs in the balance in terms of the dramatic. Add to this the ability director Zack Snyder has of giving some hugely entertaining battle scenes, and you actually have yourself a very good film. The fights scenes are brutalised even further by the use of slow motion sequences in the middle of individually sequenced moves, and the inclusion of closeups of angry testosterone fuelled soldiers fighting more angry testosterone fuelled enemies.
The camera work is quick, and there is no loitering on scenes to provide scenic atmosphere. This is not needed, and would have lessened the impact of the violence, which needs to be blunt and brutal to show the viciousness and desperation present within the 300 Spartan warriors. There is no doubting the computer altered visuals on some of the characters' physiques, but they all worked out and were impressive as physical specimens even before this was done, giving them the visually physical edge over their adversaries from the audience's point of view.
Scenes back at home with the council and Queen Gorgo are often given as dark and broody sequences, while those featuring Leonidas and his men are given a bit more brightness when focusing on the faces. This gave me the impression of things hanging in the balance outside of the fighting. I felt positive for the warriors whenever they were in a battle scenario, but as soon as the scene flicked away from them, I worried that something was going to happen to make things a lot harder for them. I found this to be clever from Snyder, whether it was intentional or not.
Overall, then, it was a great film, and one I would definitely recommend watching. It has impressive elements to it, albeit not a perfect cinematic presentation, and was something I have happily watched a couple of times. The oneliners are impressive, jeers of 'Their arrows will block out the sun' returned with the comment 'Then we will fight them in the shade!', amidst other such announcements. As I said before, rousing speeches that come close to Gibson's Braveheart. The DVD is available for £4.99 from amazon.co.uk and is well worth having. Recommended.
I'm a comic book nerd at heart, but had never read 300 before seeing the film. Having seen Sin City, I'd picked up a couple of Frank Miller comics and was pretty impressed - so when I started seeing stuff about 300 in the media, I just figured I'd like the movie - and boy was I right.
300 is just a brilliant, brilliant movie as far as I'm concerned.
I think the reason I like the movie so much is the balance: They've put a plot in (very much optional in the modern action genre) - it's powerful and sends a strong message, but it's simple enough not to have to worry about or concentrate on.
The film's not the shortest in the world - but there's no dead wood and I didn't look at my watch once - a sure sign a film's running on to long.
The CGI is just flawless - I find it incredible to believe how little of the film was shot on location - and there's violence - and cartoon violence, at that...but it's tempered with softer story telling.
I know a lot of the reviews you read of 300 around the web criticise it for the lack of historical accuracy, but I can honestly say I'm not bothered by that in the slightest - I'm sitting down to watch an action movie, not to read a historian's thesis.
Anyway, I tend to rate films based on how they make me feel - and with that in mind, I really wish there were a six star button. I can remember watching the film in the cinema and seeing the spartans running into battle in slow-mo, with some heavy riffs kicking off in the soundtrack and just sinking back into my seat with a big fat smile on my face and thinking "ah, here we go"...and whenever I sit to watch 300 (and I've seen it some 10 or 12 times now), I get the same feeling. My mind's switched off, the volume's up...and I have a great time. That, to me, is the tell-tale sign of a great movie.
Being a comic book fan, I am an avid devourer of graphic novel film adaptations. I found the previous Frank Miller movie adaptation Sin City to be stylish and well produced, so I was expecting great things from this film.
It doesn't dissapoint. Miller was involved in the production, so his artwork is heavily used as a reference point. Some of the scenes directly reflect the panels in the book and this imposes an authenticity on it that is often lacking in other comic book based films. You do get the sense that you are in another world, as the colouring and mood are spot on. It is, to use an often used term, visually stunning.
This storyline of this film is loosely based on the true story of a small group of 300 Spartans (hence the title) who defend their people by heading off the nasty million strong army of invading persians at a strategically placed pincer point. They are led by the chunk of prime Scotch beef, Gerard Buter, playing King Leonidas. (please excuse me, but PWWWWOOOARHHHH! Apologies). The film depicts the driven brutallity and proffesionalism of the fighting race of sparta very well, as anyone not up to standard heartlessly gets the heave ho. A fate which is met by Ephialtes, a deformed Spartan whose mother saved him from death by running away when he was an infant. Ephialtes tries to join the group of spartan soldiers, who rebuff him. He then turns on them to act double agent for the Persians and leads them to where the Spartans are lying in wait.
And so ensues much gory fun filled fighting scenes. These are ace! The number of ways the small group of renegade Spartans find to bump off the invading persians is endless, and the ever increasing efforts of the Perisans gives the film some humour to go along with the serious undertones.
Meanwhile, back at Sparta, Gerry's wife, Queen Gorgo is dealing with the political side of her husband's mission. The character of Gorgo, played by Lena Hedley conforms to the now stereotypical fiesty and spunky lead female. (A type which I am rapidly becoming infuriated with- the whole concept of trying to avoid sexism in female characters is leading in my opinion to a different kind of sexism. Why do all females have to be spunky? It's a bit one dimensional if you ask me. Anyhoo back to the review....) However, this ability to hold her own is believable in this character, as you would expect the Spartan Queen to be reasonably cold, driven and able to outdo the strong willed males around her. Even the love scenes are bearable, as the depth of feeling between her and her husband is evident in an understated way.
I won't give away the ending, but most of you will know it's not the usual American happy ever after- which I loved! Hurrah for not giving into tying up everything in a happy parcel where the sun comes out and all the birds are chirping.
Overall, a brilliant film and the inclusion of all those sweaty torsos was a bonus for me. It is one of those instances of visual genius that inspires you to run for your pad & ink in the hope of creating your very own masterpiece.
I didn't see this movie in the Cinema and just waited for it to come out on DVD. I was drawn to this movie simply by the awesome cover of the DVD and the simple title "300". I love my epics and I'm a great fan of all the historic movies. This is not quite in the league of Gladiator but is a great effort. It is quite unique as it was filmed mostly with a super-imposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book. Although this looks a bit weird at first and you don't know what to make of it, it does start to grow on you.
300 is the 2007 adaption of a a graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae and was directed by by Zack Snyder while Miller was an executive producer and consultant. Gerard Butler stars in the lead role as King Leonidas.
The Persian King Xerxes sends a massive army to conquer Greece in the year 480 BC. 300 of the finest Spartan soldiers led by King Leonidas go to defend the passage of Thermopylae. The narrow path is the only entrance to Greece and prevents the Persian army from taking advantage of their vast number advantage. It is still a suicide mission to bide some time for the rest of Greece to prepare for the invasion. This doesn't stop the Spartans from putting up a fight and slaying tens of thousands of Persians.
My Final Opinion:
I love this film and it has everything thing you want from this type of action movie. Excellent fight scenes with blood, gore and body parts being gruesomly detached from their bodies. Excellent fast paced action with an unusual visual back drop. Finally some fine dramatic acting from a cast I'd never really heard of. It is the first time I've seen Gerard Butler in a movie and I just thought he really got the power and strength of a Spartan soldier across with that deep voice and his rough mannerism. A very enjoyable film that is now part of my collection of top movies.
Zack Snyder's big screen production of Frank Miller's stylistic portrayal of the Battle of Thermopylae is, put simply, unbelievable. This is a movie often lambasted on grounds ranging from racism to historical inaccuracy, but I am of the opinion that those people missed the point. With regards to historical inaccuracy, as an ancient historian I am telling you that this is wrong; the movie is deliciously accurate in so many ways, it just has a habit of embellishing the truth for stylistic reasons. Our account of this battle comes largely from Herodotus; think of this movie as Herodotus on speed.
Boring bits aside, it is now time to start on the movie itself. The movie is striking for its art style - in recent years we have seen such stylisation in movies like Sin City and The Spirit, all interestingly based on Frank Miller's graphic novels. Simply put, it is a beautiful to behold and really adds to the self-aggrandising narrative of the Spartans. Panned cameras, sweeping shots and tactical camera zooms keep your attention focused on the action, and ultimately that is what the movie is about.
There is a plot, but I find this stands second to the action. Many people criticise this but I for one find it refreshing; if I wanted a historical retelling of the battle I would watch a documentary or read a book; what I want and what I get here is action galore.
In spite of this focus on action, I do think that the acting is actually quite good; it conveys the stoicism of the Spartans perfectly, and Gerard Butler, whether he knows it or not, is a master of Laconic wit. Surprisingly the main story, and perhaps the best acting, comes not from the front lines; once the action starts there it stays there; but rather it comes from within Sparta itself as a corrupt official sees just how strong Sparta's women really are. This is a wholly fictional situation, but is a nice addition to the movie.
The movie's action is brutal and more or less non-stop, but what do you expect when 300 professional soldiers meet the vast hordes of Asia? It is violent, but not so over the top as to be reduced to ridicule. Still, if it is flying limbs and walls of bodies you want then this is the place to see it.
The DVD can be purchased for about a fiver in most shops or online, and contains a nice array of special features. There is a documentary about the actual battle and Spartan society, there is a documentary about creator Frank Miller and various featurettes about the movie's creation. This is great value for money.
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300 is Zack Snyder's (Dawn of the Dead, and since, Watchmen) film adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller. It is a heavily stylised retelling of the epic Battle of Thermopylae, which saw the Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 of his Spartans stand their ground and fight to the death against the Persian "God-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his considerably larger army of roughly a million soldiers. Meanwhile, back at base, Spartan Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) has to deal with a political scandal when she is blackmailed by a sleazy politician, and has to also temper her husband's concerns as to what he should do in trying to rally his troops.
While 300 may not have much in the way of brains going for it, it is an incredibly slick and well produced bit of entertainment, that benefits from Snyder's unmistakably video-game-esque style, wherein the action slows down so we can savour that stab or that violent decapitation, before ramping up again as the Spartan soldiers massacre the Persians en masse. It also has some rather amusing film quotes, such as "THIS. IS. SPARTA!" and "Tonight, we dine in Hell!", which, while derisively referred to Roger Ebert as "sounding like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud", are amusingly so, and extremely memorable. Gerard Butler is great fun in the lead role, and as a strangely affecting, visually astounding work, this is one of the real hits of 2007.
An extremely enjoyable aesthetic piece that, whilst lacking any great substance, tells a classic tale with pride and emotion. By its climax, this film makes you feel something other than wincing at the violent decapitations and stabbings.
For me sin city was a disappointment. From the description, I had expected beautifully artistic scenes with cleverly highlighted colours. Instead we got a cross between a black and white movie and a comic strip.
300, however, makes up for all the disappointment of sin city. I have never watched a film that felt so epic and legendary. The entire film had the look of a beautiful classical painting. The acting is pretty good and the story-line is definitely gripping enough that it leaves you wanting more.
I think this film is more of a boys film, after all, it is mainly set on a battlefield. There are however clever emotional relationships and stories going on aswell and the girls that I watched it with did enjoy it.
Generally opinion of this film amongst my friends was pretty split. The ones who really engaged with it at the beginning (like myself) loved it, but some felt that it was just too much fighting.
The film is the best use of a large budget that I have ever seen. The special effects are fantastic and the costume, lighting and make up is top class.
As I have now learnt when telling hubby that he can pick the film what I am bound to end up watching, last night I made a decision that would pick a few films for which he could choose one from! This was the one which he chose and don't ask me how he knew but it was also being shown on the television at the same time!
The film is centred around the Spartans and at the beginning we see what the Spartan boys have to go through. We follow the journey which a young Leonidas went trough to return to Sparta and become King. Now Leonidas is a grown man and has a wife and son he is happily ruling Sparta. That is until one day a messenger from the Persians comes to ask King Leonidas to kneel before the Persian king or face an attack which would result in their men being killed and the women becoming slaves.
King Leonidas does not take this news very well and kills the messenger and sets about getting his army prepared for battle. He gets an army of 300 Spartans prepared, only men who have sons are allowed to fight so that their name can continue if they were to die in battle. The 300 set off in the face of danger whole hearted and ready to defend Sparta and their king. Will the 300 be able to take on the whole of the Persian Army and just what will become of King Leonidas and Sparta?
This film did not appeal to me at first but after watching t many months ago I thought I would give it another go as I understood more now about the Spartans and the Persians. The first time I watched this I was constantly asking hubby questions about who was who and why they were fighting but this time I understood all of this and it did make it much easier for me to watch.
The storyline to the film was in fact good and put across in an excellent way which made for some wonderful viewing. Did enjoy how the Spartans were portrayed in this film and though they came across as very powerful ad determined men. I think that Gerard Butler did an amazing job in the role of King Leonidas. I personally found him to be very easy to watch, this man be down to the fact he hardly wore any clothes and had a fantastic body but this aside he did come across as very powerful and strong and also at times he did show his softer side with the love for his family. There were a lot of other Spartans in this film and they too did an excellent job portraying their different roles and each bought something slightly different to the film.
As you ca probably guess there is a lot of battle scenes in this film and I have to give a lot of credit to the special effects team on this film as they were all made so well and all looked so realistic. I did at times have to look away as their really were some gruesome and violent things going on. I think that the effects is also what made this film such good viewing. I think the actors as well worked very hard on making them look as good as they did by putting a lot of time and hard work into their characters and fitness.
One thing which I did not enjoy about this film and to me was a bit of a let down was towards the end when we had the addition of some mythical and strange creatures which the Spartans had to fight against, to me this was taking the mythical and God side of the story a little to far and at times it made it very farfetched and totally unbelievable. I also did not enjoy the scenes with the 'freak' and when he was being offered a life of luxury from the Persian God/King, this seemed just to out of place, I did notice hubby enjoyed this part with all the half naked and strange women though!
The film was mainly set in the same place with the battles being held on the same part of the beach but for me this did not spoil any of the story and I did like the views which we had out over the sea. The music throughout he film was also excellent and for me helped with the emotions and tensions of the battles and the story. I have to give a lot of credit to the musical director on this film as it really was excellent.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus features which include:-
Commentary by Director Zack Snyder, Screen writer Kurt Johnstad and Director of Photography Larry Fong
As I am not a fan of bonus features I have not watched these so I am unable to comment on whether they are worth watching or not.
The running time of the film is 111 minutes and to me this was a great length and I found I was not loosing interest at any point and the certificate is a 15 as there are scenes of strong bloody violence, I do definitely agree with this and say that children should not be allowed to view this film.
We paid £6.83 for this DVD well over a year ago from Woolworths but if you try places like Amazon or EBay then you should be able pick this up for just a few pounds now. Overall I am going to recommend this film to both men and women as it has the battle scenes for the men and the hunky barely dressed men for the women!!
The Gladiator-esque cover; a fearsome warrior donning a rippling six pack, seemingly engaged in battle somewhat drew me in to 300, given that my knowledge of writer Frank Miller and his previous efforts, such as Sin City are still a mystery to me, although seemingly well-known to others.
Therefore, I sat down in front of 300 with no expectation, neither positive nor negative. The story begins as a narrative, telling of the birth and rise of the Spartan king, Leonidas (Gerard Butler). I was quickly drawn in as the CGI animation twist gave the film an instant edge, coupled with my intrigue regarding this period of history.
The film is acted well and is the typical underdog tale, although judging by the size of some of the Spartans, they are hardly the underdogs! Needless to say, the film follows said underdog pattern and is focussed around the ancient battle of Thermopylae, where only 300 Spartans took on the masses of the Persian army, led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).
The story is uplifting and well crafted, with plenty of bloodshed and passion. The acting is pretty good, Leonidas is convincingly passionate and driven towards the legacy of Sparta, although to me, he sounded a bit Scottish throughout the film! There is little character building, only in the cases of Leonidas and his wife, the Spartan queen and in honesty, the villain, Xerxes is given short shrift by the producers.
The story is fairly easy to follow, the effects are decent and there are some opponents/monsters that are to gruesome for words. The film seems to encapsulate the time well, including plenty of mystery and darkness. However, I would not say the film totally engulfed me like a good film should. For example, after Gladiator, I am left wanting, almost to be Russell Crowe himself, and the same can be said of other films, such as Batman and Spiderman, where you are so taken aback that you crave to be the character within the film.
And by the end, while in awe of their ripped physiques, I didn't particualrly want to be a Spartan because I just didn't feel a strong enough connection with the film. So, while the story and cinematics themselves are good, it's not a movie that I will be rushing to watch again.
The second DVD includes additional scenes, commentary, Spartan character profiles and more.
300 is based upon a Frank Miller story and tells the story of the battle of Thermopylae which took place when 300 Spartans lead by the Grecian ruler Leonidas tookon the might of the invading Persian army who had vast numerical superiority and were led by King Xerxes who is played by Rodrigo Santoro.
Visually the film is excellent and in particular the battle scenes are extremely violent with a high gore content as well, after all these guys are hacking bits out of each other with cold metal, sort of like a Millwall - West Ham game but without the stella.
The acting is also pretty good with Gerard Butler in the lead role of Leonidas, his is an excellent performance and he brings a lot of energy and depth to the role. Santoro is also very good in the role of Xerxes.
My main issue with the film was that I felt it was probably twenty minutes too long, I felt that two hours was stretching it a bit and some of the scenes could have been reduced to make the viewing time more reasonable.
Other than that it is an impressive film with some bold action scenes and a pretty good storyline, I would not say it is necessarily an accurate depiction ofactual events but then when is anything Hollywood does that accurate, butit is an entertaining film and worth seeing.
'300' is an American 2007 production, depicting (in a somewhat hollywood manner) the battle of Thermopylae. Although it must be said this film doesn't attempt to give an accurate reflection of the events that took place in that battle. Rather it sets out to adapt Frank Miller's novel and produce a box office hit. A film of the same nature telling the story of the same battle was released in 1962, called 'the 300 spartans', but this film brings a modernised version of the battle.
Dramatised and maybe a touch gamourised, this is a hollywood battle film that I didn't think I'd be impressed with. For the absence of mines blowing up and parachuting troops, with no special effect explosions or swirling fighter planes; what exactly would this film have to offer? Ther's no doubt about it, films depicting war of any kind attract the masses who are eager to see some special effects and lots of fighting. To see a recent film then, with armies carrying just swords shields and maybe a few archers as their weapons, it always felt like a bit of a risk.
The fighting scenes do not disappoint and the blood thirsty will be treated to their fair share of grouseme killings (do not fear though, the slightly squeamish shouldn't feel too sick!). The fight scenes though, are not the only drama in this 2 hour film.
I'll say a bit more about the stroyline before I go any further. The film starts by showing the life of Leonidas, a young spartan boy taught not to fight, but skills of survival from a very young age. He eventually becomes king of Sparta, and is subsequently asked to surrender to king Xerxes of Persia. Refusing to do so, and with Sparta under threat, Leonidas consults the (corrupt) Ephors who declare he must not go to war.
Leonidas goes against the word of the ephors (which is against Spartan law) and declares that Sparta will take a small army to fight off the Persian's. He takes only those who have left a legacy (child) in Sparta, knowing this is essentially a suicide mission.
The main reason for this storyline producing such a fantastic film, is that (as the title suggests) it is an army of just 300 Spartans that bravely face the thousands upon thousands in the Persian army (the spartans had also been joined by other greek armies who carried more men, but seemingly less of a fight). Not only holding them off, but actively depleting the number of Persian's, the Spartans put up what is an unbelievable fight.
It's difficult to say what happens next without ruining the film, but I will say the ending is the start of yet another battle. I was very impressed with the ending and I found the film to be emotive, dramatic, and gripping. This is recommended to not only those who love a good war film, but everyone who likes a bit of drama. Not a completely truthful display of the battle itself, but a truely inspiring story and a very entertaining film.
The one actor I have to mention is Gerard Butler; playing the main role as Leonidas, king of Sparta. He is a passionate, inspirational and energetic actor and acts perfectly. The only other performance of real note for me, was that of Vincent Regan as captain Artemis. Artemis was Leonidas' loyal friend and warrior.
300 is the story about the Battle of Thermopylae. A Persian army lead by King Xerxes is matching through Greece and threatens both Athens and Sparta. King Leonidas of Sparta (Gerard Butler) decides to lead a group of 300 men to Thermopylae to head of the Persians and protect Sparta. The Spartans are joined by the Thespians and combined there are just 1000 men who manage to stand up to the huge Persian army. Ephialtes, a reject of the Spartan army, tries to join his fellow Spartans but Leonidas sends him away. In revenge he goes to King Xerxes and tells him of a secret passage that will lead him behind the Spartans. The film follows the last stand made by the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae.
The entire film was the first to be shot in front of a green screen. Visually this film is a amazing and the battle scenes are brilliantly put together. Gerard Butler has great presence as King Leonidas and you really feel that he is someone who would demand a lot of respect.
There really are not that many faults with this film and it is the perfect length. The action gets under way pretty quick and from then on the story really draws you in. This is a great film to watch if you have a spare 90 minutes one night.
Visually 300 is a slick punch in the eyes. It's an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, like 2005's Sin City, and the use of green screen and post-production fiddling means the 'graphic' is brought effortlessly to screen. While Sin City stuck to shades of black, white and red, 300 splashes out into the real world, but with a wash of tonal shades and an odd highlight here and there. The result is quite stunning, especially when you consider that the majority of the film was shot in a studio.
This stylish look adds one level of cool, but combine this with a story about some mega-hard Spartan soldiers (300 of them) standing up to an army of thousands, then add violence, a selection of large angry animals, PEOPLE SHOUTING LOTS and slow-mo battle scenes, and you've landed in the territory of 'way cool'. Throw in semi-naked soldiers with air-brushed abs and big lovely thighs, and some elaborate lady nipples for the lads, and you've got a film ticking all the right boxes (on a list of 'what makes a cool film').
But such fancy pants additions don't mean squat if you let things get out of control. Thankfully, director Zack Snyder (responsible for the recent success Watchmen) keeps the reins tight. Battle scenes are awash with chaos, but rather than splurge on fast-editing craziness, Snyder focuses in. We have scenes following one Spartan, mincing his way through enemy after enemy, limbs flying off in various stages of slo-mo and animated blood spraying the heavens at every slice. Or we stick in the middle of a scrum, heels digging into dirt, fear mixing with sweat, mixing with the Spartan's insane love of battle.
For all the lavishness, 300 keeps its focus tight, and this is how it wins. Not too silly to be another nonsense flick for teens, but not so pompous that it becomes another Troy / Alexander / Kingdom of Heaven / King Arthur. These films struggled because the 'serious' bits were badly scripted and acted, and the battle scenes became unimpressive after a certain fantasy trilogy set the bar for massive battles - a bar that can't really be beaten, since you invested 9 hours in the characters. 300 does have 'speaky' bits, but these are clipped - allowing you to get your breath back in preparation for the next battle, but not boring you to death.
Some critics have complained about the film's historical inaccuracies. But really, to try and pull this film up on anything remotely factual is a futile task. This is a film based on a comic, featuring monsters, an enemy who is literally a giant drag queen, and a goat-headed man playing a flute. Worrying about history is trying to smile while watching Pirates of the Caribbean. Pointless.
Not that 300 isn't flawed. The plot's a little thin on the ground, the dialogue unremarkable, and if you tried to find any subtext you'd come across a frightening array of ideals (the Spartans are so powerful because they throw away their disabled babies... and there's a disturbing correlation between evil invaders and darker skin colours). But hey - this isn't trying to say anything (I hope). It's certainly not trying to be anything other than a stylish graphic novel adaptation. Gripping, wowing and did I mention all the soldier's thighs? 300 is a well crafted piece of work.
300 is based on the nover by Frank Miller (Also wrote Sin City), This films is about a Spartan king Called Leonidas (Gerrard Butler) who lives by the spartan code religiously. The King is met by a persian messenger who tells leonidas to bow down to his king (Xerxes) or his men, women and children will be killed, raped or slaved. The king finds this insulting and takes 300 men to fight the persians at a cliffside where numbers don't matter. Here leonidas fights creatures from all across the globe.
The film has alot of action and betrayal and is very good from beginning to end, the actors play their parts very well. The film is very graphic and so that is why i wouldn't recommend allowing young ones to watch it, I have it in Blu-Ray which makes the experience of watching it even better. A film that everyone should buy.
300 is a filmed based on true events with a few added features. It is based upon the 300 Spartan warriors who were led by King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, to battle with the god-king Xerxes and his massive Persian army.
King Leonidas asks for a blessing from the gods to go to war with Xerxes as he knew he had plans to destroy all of Sparta. However the gods do not grant him this blessing so he gathers 300 of his best soldiers and when the high council confront him and remind him the gods did not grant him his blessing of war he tells them they are just his personal bodyguards and he is only going on a stroll, coincidentally, in the same direction towards the Persian army. The rest of the film shows the battles they had with the never ending waves of Persian soldiers. Will they be victorious? You will have to buy this DVD and find out for yourself. You can pick it up at a decent price of around £10 or less at most stores.
This is, in my opinion, one of the best ancient war movies ever made. With its excellent battle scenes with its slo-mo effects makes it a very enjoyable watch. Gerard Butler plays his role extremely well which helps bring the whole movie together.
Overall, this DVD is an amazing watch but due to its amount of bloody battle scenes, it may not be for everyone.
Like Sin City before it, 300 brings Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel vividly to life. Gerard Butler (Beowulf and Grendel, The Phantom of the Opera) radiates pure power and charisma as Leonidas, the Grecian king who leads 300 of his fellow Spartans (including David Wenham of The Lord of the Rings, Michael Fassbender, and Andrew Pleavin) into a battle against the overwhelming force of Persian invaders. Their only hope is to neutralise the numerical advantage by confronting the Persians, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), at the narrow strait of Thermopylae. More engaging than Troy, the tepid and somewhat similar epic of ancient Greece, 300 is also comparable to Sin City in that the actors were shot on green screen, then added to digitally created backgrounds. The effort pays off in a strikingly stylised look and huge, sweeping battle scenes. However, it's not as to-the-letter faithful to Miller's source material as Sin City was. The plot is the same, and many of the book's images are represented just about perfectly. But some extra material has been added, including new villains (who would be considered "bosses" if this were a video game, and it often feels like one) and a political subplot involving new characters and a significantly expanded role for the Queen of Sparta (Lena Headey). While this subplot by director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead) and his fellow co-writers does break up the violence, most fans would probably dismiss it as filler if it didn't involve the sexy Headey. Other viewers, of course, will be turned off by the waves of spurting blood, flying body parts, and surging testosterone. (The six-pack abs are also relentless, and the movie has more and less nudity--more female, less male--than the graphic novel.) Still, as a representation of Miller's work and as an ancient-themed action flick with a modern edge, 300 delivers. --David Horiuchi