March 6, 2014

300: Rise Of An Empire – Five Reasons You'll Love It
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300: Rise Of An Empire – Five Reasons You'll Love It

The second instalment of this bloodthirsty, buccaneering, bemuscled franchise hits cinemas on Friday (March 7th), we caught an early screening and have compiled five reasons why we reckon you'll love it…

 

It's got more blood being spilt…

If you thought the first 300 was violent and charged with claret then you've seen nothing yet, from the second the action starts, the screen is stained with the blood of Persians and Greeks, usually in gory, super slo-mo. Action junkies, start salivating…

 

It's got bigger action set pieces…

It's no secret than the last film was basically shot on a sound stage with an enormous blue screen and, as such, feels confined, with a sort of weird intimacy. This time, things are a bit bigger and bolder, with huge action set pieces that take place at sea and in huge open battlefields.

 

It's got more Eva Green…

100% more Eva Green than the first film. Catapulted into the action as Artemesia, the terrifying commander of the Persian ranks, smouldering, intense and full of wicked cunning, Green shines in this role, in a way she hasn't since her turn as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.

 

It's got even more Lena Headey…

And this time she's ready for battle. Last time Headey's Queen Gorgo wasn't even given a name in most of the credits, this time she's front and centre, controlling Sparta and its army in the absence of her late husband (Leonidas, a flashbacked Gerard Butler). She's on top form throughout.

 

It's basically 300 with a different cast…

If you were expecting a radically different sequel, an in-depth historical look at the real-life events that inspired the film, you won't find it here. If you were after more action, more flying swords and spears, more overly earnest speeches and more blood and thunder, you're in luck.

 

300: Rise Of An Empire is in cinemas from tomorrow (March 7th).

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