The sequel to 300 includes just about everything you would expect…digital blood spatter, hulking shirtless dudes with swords and beautifully rendered digital landscapes. I didn’t expect all of that to get upstaged by the diabolical Eva Green as the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
She wants revenge on the Greeks who slaughtered her family and sold her into slavery. As the force behind Xerxes the God King from the first film, she slices and dices her forces through the Greek navy on a path to conquer Athens.
If you liked the original 300, Rise of an Empire is more of the same, utilizing a similar story-telling style, while trying to expand the overall scope and the body count.
Very few of the characters have anything memorable to do other than swing their swords and yell, but Eva Green relishes her role with such wicked delight, she easily outshines all of her fellow actors and the stylish special effects.
If you like you Greek history told through the lens of professional wrestling, 300: Rise of an Empire works as a fine companion to its predecessor.
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