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“Prepare for glory!”


Rating: Rated r

Director: Zack Snyder

Release Date: March 9, 2007

Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham and Vincent Regan

Spartans were the greatest warriors to ever walk the face of the Earth. They never surrendered, never retreated. These men were taught to defend freedom from the very moment they could hold a sword. Frank Miller’s 300 tells the story of one of their greatest battles, the Battle of Thermopylae.

300 is hands-down, a visual masterpiece. From start to finish, our eyes get to feast on one of the greatest looking pieces of film I have ever seen. This is the strongest thing the movie has going for it, and the creators know it. The blood effects are magnificently done and even top those of Frank Miller's last adaptation, Sin City. Limb removal, decapitation, gut stabs, they all have the feel of comic book violence. For 2 hours, you are put in this fantasy world, and believe me; the effects do not get old.

Dilios (David Wenham), one of the fearless 300 Spartans who stand against a million Persians, narrates their tale of glory and honor. This character is given the sole task of reciting to the world what happens to these majestic warriors. As such, this leaves little room for development, but Wenham does wonderful in the role.

King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) is the commander, and a war brother, of the 300 noble Spartans. He is a callous and calculating man, a man that does not see it fit to submit to an enemy’s will or surrender the freedoms of his fore fathers. Once again, there is very little room for development. It might very well be that the characters were meant to undergo little or no change, and this one small problem is counter weighted by the breathtaking visuals and storytelling technique.

King Leonidas
Frank Miller’s 300 is sure to satisfy die-hard fans of the action genre. It is also likely to make some viewers squeamish and uncomfortable. If you are not fond of violence, blood and guts, stay clear of this feature.

There are few better ways to start off your spring then the viewing of a gory piece of moving visual art. 300 will shock, disturb, and excite millions of people in the coming days. The further into the 21st century we progress, the more difficult it becomes to create CGI effects that bring a wave of awe over the audience. If this is just a small sign of what’s to come, our future looks very bright indeed.