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-300 (R)

by Dr. D ~

Warner Bros., March 9, 2007. Directed by: Zack Snyder, 117 minutes. Cast: Gerard Butler (King Leonidas), Lena Headey (Queen Gorgo), David Wenham (Dilios), Dominic West (Theron), Vincent Regan (Captain), Michael Fassbender (Stelios), Tom Wisdom (Astinos), Andrew Pleavin (Daxos), Andrew Tiernan (Ephialtes), Rodrigo Santoro (Xerxes)


The R rating should be taken seriously. There is incredible violence and sexual content which is not appropriate for children. This film is also not for the faint hearted and not for those who do not enjoy intense battle scenes.

The graphics in this movie are stylized and most of the battles are computer generated. There is a ‘comic book’ texture and a mythic character to the presentation. This is a historical event, but all of the characters are presented in legendary fashion.

Certainly the scantily clad Spartan army is bigger than life with all their abs and muscles rippling into action. I don’t even know how to explain the Persian King Xerxes. He looks like he’s on a float right out of the last gay parade in San Francisco. Nothing like the real Xerxes is reputed to look like, from real historical records or from his profile on coins.

If you like battle scenes, then this is a must see movie for you. If you like politics, the city-state Counsel back in Sparta is ready to sacrifice King Leonidas and the 300, and cave in to the Persians. A display of politics at its best. If you like love scenes, it is almost embarrassing to view the lyrical presentation of the last night between Leonidas and his wife.

What really makes it interesting is the by-play and the on-going conversations between the 300. They continue to willingly give their all to the very end in the hope that all of Greece might have time to finally unite and save the homeland. It reminds me of the Alamo where the defenders were also facing a far superior force and total annihilation.

I actually enjoyed this movie far more than I ever expected too. This is a movie for those who enjoy major battles with heroes in supposedly lost causes that are greater than life itself.                *Top

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