You’ve seen Zack Snyder’s 300, right? If not, stop reading this. Go watch the film, then come back. You’ll either love it for the battle scenes or for the 300 shirtless guys in it. Unless you’re a pacifist.
300, as we know, ended with King Leonidas and his soldiers dying in battle. They ultimately failed. But they died with honor and glory. The godlike, gold-loving antagonist Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army then fled. By which I mean continued pushing towards their dominance over Greece.
In the sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire, a Spartan by the name of Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) swears vengeance in Queen Gorgo’s (Lena Headey) name. As if an excuse is needed for Sparta to go to war. Again.
The film sees the continued war, along with serving as a prequel of sorts. It will also follow Xerxes’ rise in power in Persia, with the influence of Artemisia (Eva Green).
The battle continues on land and at sea this time out. Spartan pirates sounds a little dangerous. Just a little.
I was hesitant about a sequel to 300, but the trailer has me stoked. It looks fun. Brutal fun. But hopefully there’s no catchphrase that gets annoyingly uttered constantly by moviegoers.
300: Rise of an Empire battles in theaters March 7, 2014.