300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Director: Noam Murro
Summary: Greece is threatened by Persian leader Xerxes and naval commander Artemisia. Athenian commander Themistokles leads Grecian armies to defend their diplomatic nation against the Persian army and the threat of slavery and dictatorship.
Analysis: After viewing 300, I was more than thrilled to see 300 Rise Of An Empire. The visuals and choreography utilized during the combat scenes were not only spectacular, but unique. 300 Rise Of An Empire utilizes these same visuals synonymous with Zach Snyder films, yet the plot of this sequel falls a bit flat. The characters of Themistokles, Xerxes and Artemisia do not disappoint, but the timeline of battles is at times a little distracting. The movie begins with the battle at Marathon, then fast forwards to a Persian threat that includes clips from 300 including Gerard Butler as Leonidas. At the same time Themistokles is battling Artemisia, apparently Xerxes is battling Leonidas. Conclusion, if you can get past the sequence of events, the visuals are very enjoyable to watch, but I’d advise the wait for DVD release.