300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    It's all Greek to Themistokles.

  • Starring:

    Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor

  • Directed by:

    Noam Murro

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (arrows), raped, axed, slashed, lanced, trampled, bludgeoned, hit with objects, decapitated, stabbed, throat-slit, strangled, drowned, kicked, elbowed, dragged, body-slammed, bound, whipped, thrown, dismembered, burned, slapped. A girl watches her family raped and murdered. A girl is repeatedly raped (implied). An animal is killed (swords). Suicide mentioned. At-sea battles, ships rammed/capsized, explosions. Toppled, burning monuments, suicide missions. Screaming, yelling. Blood/gore: Corpses (very high body count), lots of blood splatter, pooling blood, spurting blood, bloody wounds, bloody cuts, bloody gashes, bloody hands, blood-splattered ground/floors. Decapitated heads, dismembered limbs, bandages, wound-dressing. Objects protruding from flesh, swollen/bloodshot eye, dislodged eyeball, bruising. Battle scars, many human skulls, charred remains.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Women/girls are raped. A couple have rough sex (hair-pulling, throat-grabbing). Naked man (seen from rear and side). Lots of shirtless, near-naked men with chiseled washboard abs. Topless women, cleavage. Kissing, flirting, undressing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Wine.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-word. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, slang for genitals.

  • THEMES:

    Greece, Athens, Persia, ancient history, mythology, prophecy, war, grievances, power, freedom, slavery, battle tactics, father-son relationships, siblings, deception, betrayal, victory, sacrifice, martyrs, vengeance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased fathers, murdered sister. Horses, elephants, canine beasts, rhino beasts, giant undersea creatures, crow. Lightning, thunder, full moon. Soles of feet, spitting. Chicken leg eaten. Shaky camerawork, slow-motion cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, diverting, grand-looking, extravagant, bloody. Delicious/sinister/fearsome/magnificent/splendid/vampy performance by Eva Green, stunning visuals, impressive CGI backgrounds, dazzling interiors, elaborate costumes, some unusual/arresting moments.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Daft, conventional, kitsch. Murky/forgettable script, dull/monochromatic visuals, thunderous/bombastic score.

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