Coinciding with the events of the first film, 300: Rise of an Empire tells the story of Greek general Themistokles, a man responsible for leading a charge to hold off the invading Persian forces led by Xerses and Artemisia, a psychotic, vengeful commander of the Persian navy who will stop at nothing to watch Greece burn. Noam Murro's 300: Rise of an Empire is similar to the first film, being an overly stylish, gratuitously violent action film that is unintentionally dripping with homo-erotic undertones. While Zach Snyder didn't direct this film, only producing, 300: Rise of an Empire keeps the same indulgent slow-motion style, though I think some of the action seems were an improvement from the first film in terms of stunt work and choreography. Even more violent than its predecessor, 300: Rise of an Empire has an odd infatuation with violence, with gratuitous amounts of blood splatter at every turn. This is a dumb film but if there is one thing that makes this film worth seeing it's Eva Green. Green plays Artemisia with such energy, fully embracing this psychotic character's bloodlust. She is also one half of one of the most bizarre and unintentionally funny sex scenes in recent memory. Most people probably have a pretty good idea if they would enjoy 300: Rise of an Empire, being very similar to the first film but slightly dumber from a narrative perspective.
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