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Friday, March 7, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire Debuts Friday, March 7, 2014 by Warner Brothers Pictures A Surefire Winner at the Box Office in 3-D Imax Highly Recommended by Whom You Know See It This Weekend Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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Sorry Liam, though we love you we think you're going to be #2 after the box office tally this weekend.  We all go to the movies to be entertained.  We want to be fascinated by a story that's larger than life and in Imax 3-D, 300: Rise of an Empire is precisely that, especially when you consider it's an experiment in democracy.  It's not necessary that you see 300 first-Peachy has not-it is crucial that you bring your sense of adventure and thirst for the sea and an appetite for one good story.  And, if you are a history-enthused kiddo like we are, you'll love it that much more.   If you think about the freedom you enjoy every day as an American, you might want to stop and think about where our founding forefathers got their ideas for freedom...the Persians do not want Athens to be free.   All red-blooded Americans will love this movie, as Themistokles has dreams to unite Greece-he'd rather die on his feet than live on his knees- in a democracy but he must convince Queen Gorgo of Sparta that unification makes sense (shown above.)  Yes friends from Michigan State, you might even see your Sparty here.
Without a doubt, our favorite character was Artemisia, who's quite the warrior.  A past grievance has largely impacted her character, and her commitment to lead the Persian Navy is admirable.  She is sharp and quick with the sword, but beware, Artemisia's killer looks are equally lethal. Her sharp negotiating skills coupled with her powers of persuasion would make her a force to reckon with at any point in history!  Artemisia's eye makeup is perfection throughout and big points to the costume director of Artemisia's wardrobe-we loved the one shoulder black dress the most with the stiff angled ruffle.  Her vocabulary is equally cutting-listen to what she says about how Themistokles fights harder than he...  We wonder if back then women really were Generals-but if you're like Peachy you should probably not over think and sit back and enjoy the movie.   If you liked Vikings, Vikings 2, or just like the fast action of the sport of hockey, this movie is totally for you.  With a favorite movies usually in the romantic comedy genre, Peachy was not positive this movie was her style, but when she gave it a chance she was blown away by the strength of this film and it captured her imagination, going back in time and putting the excellence in entertainment. 

Mystical, Magical, Magnificent...we could think of at least 300 adjectives that would sell this movie.
Though it's not recent, Peachy watched Dr. Zhivago with Hans Matheson in the starring role alongside Keira Knightley not long ago and it was fantastic, so we were looking forward to seeing him in 300: Rise of an Empire.  Though more in the shadows of the plot than Artemisia, (actually compared to her, nearly everyone else was a bit more grayed out!) Hans played Aesyklos, the sidekick to Themistokles.  Though they were each fantastic, if we did the Casting By here in 300, we would have reversed their roles.
Sullivan Stapleton played a strong lead as the protagonist, Themistokles, who was Batman to Aesyklos's Robin.  The capes on these characters of course makes us think of caped crusaders, but perhaps that's where they came from.  You're going to see major bloodshed in this movie, but it shouldn't bother you too much because after all, it is just a movie.
King Darius's son, Xerxes, stands aside and lets Artemisia do much of the work for Persia, though he seems to quite enjoy lording over his empire.  Some parts of history do not change much...!  The length of the movie is ideal and at 102 minutes it offers the right amount of impact with zero boredom.  The fast pace is punctuated by battles and alliances that will keep you on the edge of your seat.   These actors all must have gone to some serious bootcamp to have such killer bodies.
 Though this is packed with action, unlike lesser action movies 300: Rise of an Empire is well-written with thought out character development, quality interaction and a twisting plot that you will be intrigued by. 
 Another facet of the script that is highly admirable is that it tells both sides of the story-protagonist and antagonist.  Many movies, particularly action movies, are shown mainly from the point of the protagonist and the stellar screenwriting viewers will have a gigantic appreciation for.
 The screenshots and angles and visuals in general in this flick are as impressive and monumental as the story itself.  The contrasts of fire and water were a feast for the eyes.

 The water battles are indeed glorious and this is where the 3-D Imax aspect is at its best.  You absolutely feel like you are right there and part of the action.  The splendid spearing and amazing arrow shots show the audience how much simpler battle was then, yet entirely effective as well.  You're going to see the real meaning of the word warrior in 300: Rise of an Empire!
The action is nonstop and completely fascinating.  The only way 300 could be any better as an action movie is if Liam Neeson was in it (up with the horses in Central Park!).   We were fascinated by 300: Rise of an Empire and if you like your silver screen to go back in time hitting all the bases of great story, stellar acting, high drama and action to-die-for, go see this movie starting today.
300: Rise of an Empire is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

“300: Rise of an Empire,” told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield—the sea. 

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces, ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Reprising their roles from “300,” Lena Headey stars as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; David Wenham appears as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan plays Ephialtes; Andrew Pleavin plays Daxos; and Rodrigo Santoro returns in the role of the Persian God-King, Xerxes. The main cast also includes Hans Matheson as Themistokles’ closest friend and advisor, Aeskylos; Callan Mulvey and Jack O’Connell as father and son soldiers, Scyllias and Calisto; and Igal Naor as the Persian King Darius.

The film was directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller. Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann produced the film, with Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones, Craig J. Flores and Jon Jashni serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editors Wyatt Smith and David Brenner, costume designer Alexandra Byrne, and visual effects supervisors Richard Hollander and John “DJ” Desjardin. The music is by Junkie XL.

Opening nationwide on March 7, 2014, the film is being released in 3D and 2D in select theatres and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“300: Rise of an Empire” is rated R by the MPAA for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language.

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