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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)



Critic Consensus: It's bound to hit some viewers as an empty exercise in stylish gore, and despite a gonzo starring performance from Eva Green, 300: Rise of an Empire is a step down from its predecessor.

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Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (c) WB

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Sullivan Stapleton
as Themistocles
Eva Green
as Artemisia
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
Hans Matheson
as Aeskylos
David Wenham
as Dillios
Callan Mulvey
as Scyllias
Igal Naor
as König Darius
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Critic Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (49)

300: Rise of an Empire... may focus on the brawny Greek and Persian battles of the 480-479 BC era, but it also presents a kickass group of complex women characters whose sexual prowess is as mighty as their swords.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[The story] gets constantly literally swamped by the blood and gore and so forth, which is well done but almost to the point of parody.

March 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

The big box-tick here is that it is the women who ultimately command the impressively surging CGI hordes on both sides.

March 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The mere existence of 300: Rise of an Empire is worthy of note, especially the inventive means by which the story has been advanced.

March 9, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Considering the level of carnage, it's astonishing how dreary it all manages to be, with computer-game visuals and Carry On dialogue conspiring to render everything dead in the water.

March 9, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Artemisia may ultimately have lost the war in this clash of civilizations, but she wins our hearts.

March 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for 300: Rise of an Empire


A cheap excuse for an obvious rehash that, despite gorgeous visuals, has no vitality, intensity or a personality of its own - and its lame hero is even obfuscated by the sexy villain played by Eva Green, who we end up rooting for to slaughter every single Greek in that place.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The ties to the chronologically simultaneously happening original film are actually pretty well done. The story is not as straight forward and the visuals not quite as unique and striking, but still pretty impressive. The action is top notch, though and while some dialogs are just as shallow in their "die for honor" pathos the result is overall really entertaining. The end comes a little suddenly, while I would have been okay with following those battles a little longer. Still, pretty decent.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Not as visually impressive as the first "300" film, but it is still quite nice. The acting is rather poor and passionless with the sole exception of Eva Green who plays her roll of a an evil warrior temptress to the hilt. The story is coherent and somewhat entertaining, but not really as epic as history would have allowed.

Christian C
Christian C

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