300: Rise of an Empire Blu-rayIt’s been more than seven years since 300 graced movie screens across the country. Its sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, looks as fabulous on Blu-ray as its big screen counterpart. Unfortunately, its story is a little less inspired.
300: Rise of an Empire’s is neither a prequel nor a sequel to round one. Instead, events take place on a long-winded timeline spanning many years and featuring many of the same characters from the earlier film. This story follows the rise of Persian leader Xerxes, focusing on a fight led by General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) on the Greek side and a Greek-turned-Persian female general named Artemisia (Eva Green, who naturally gets nude for the umpteenth time in this film). The confusing timeline relation to the first film is not its only drawback. 300: Rise of an Empire features some strange pacing and outlandish dialogue.
While Artemesia and Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey, reprising her role) bring an exciting level of female agression into the plot, the two women almost feel as if they were shoehorned in to prove that females can kick ass, too. Headey, especially, is such a weird addition this time around, narrating the story, but popping up from time to time, too, sometimes to actually fight. Fortunately, some of the scenes with the lead females do work, and the special effects are every bit as good as the first installment. So, there are probably a lot of fans out there who will really enjoy Rise Of An Empire.
Best Special Feature: The best special feature is, without question, "Savage Warships". The naval battles in the film are incredible. They’re visually marvelous, and this featurette gives a great little background on how everything was created. It also offers Ben-Hur references and a great little moment in the sun for the behind the scenes crew that crushed it on this film.
Other Bonus Features:
Behind The Scenes: The 300 Effect
"Real Leaders & Legends"
"Becoming A Warrior"