Almost a decade after dining in hell, we revisit the CGI vision of ancient Greece set through the eyes of Zach Snyder and Frank Miller. Ad Film maker, Noam Murro takes over the directing reigns with returning cast members Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headley and David Wenham together with new additions Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green.
Were they able to recreate the CGI magic? Or should this sequel have found a better home on DVD?
The Box office suggest otherwise with respectable 147M (and counting at the box office). We break it down for you in this episode of Upodcast.
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The stylistically-gory trailer for 300: Rise of an empire has just been released and Upod has also been given some cracking new posters for it. Sequel to the hugely successful 300, these posters re-capture the original’s aesthetic and make me wish March 2014 was just around the corner. One of very few trailers to genuinely make me want to see the movie, if you loved the first one, then check out the trailer below. In fact even if you didn’t, you should have a look, it really has got me itching to see it already.
The Red Sea
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles 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, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemesia. Lena Headey takes a break from Game of Thrones and reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the menacing Persian King, Xerxes.
The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller.
When 300 came out it pretty much blew people away partly because of the way it was shot. The technology was nothing new and we had seen it before in movies like Sin City and Sky Captain but the fluidity of action and bare chested action made the movie stand out although I’m not sure it really holds up.
Frank Miller’s work has always been very divisive and now seems to be of an entirely different era, so I missed out on his graphic novel Xerxes, which is a prequel to the events in 300 and is the basis for this adaptation starring Sullivan Stapleton (“Animal Kingdom”), Eva Green (“Casino Royale”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Callan Mulvey (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Jack O’Connell (“Skins”), Rodrigo Santoro (“Love Actually”) and directed by Noam Murro.
Here is the Synopsis:
This new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles 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, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.