300 (2007) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: March 7, 2007
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Music by: Tyler Bates
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro

Spartan orator, Dilios (David Wenham), narrates of the young Leonidas (Tyler Neitzel) undergoing his childhood training, explaining the rigors of Spartan life.

Leonidas is cast out into the wild, and survives the harsh winter to return to his home, when he is crowned King.

Dilios then tells of when a group of Persian messengers (Peter Mensah) arrive at Sparta, demanding Sparta’s submission to King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).

This is SPARTA!!

Outraged and offended at their behavior, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and his guards throw the messengers into a pit, resolving to face the Persians.

The Oracle (Kelly Craig)

Leonidas then visits the Oracle (Kelly Craig), proposing a strategy to repel the numerically-superior enemy, and offers the priests a customary payment in gold.

The Ephors

The priests, called Ephors, having already been bribed by Xerxes, interpret the Oracle’s message to mean that Sparta should not go to war, so as to not interrupt the sacred Carneian festival.

Despite the warning, Leonidas gathers 300 of his best soldiers to fight the Persians, selecting only those who have already sired male children, so that their family name can continue even after their death.

An encounter with the Arcadians

As they march north, they are joined by a group of Arcadians and other Greeks.

"Give Them Nothing! But Take From Them Everything!!"

Arriving at the narrow cliffs of Thermopylae (referred to as the “Hot Gates”), in sight of the Persian army, they build a wall to halt the Persians’ advancement.

In Sparta, Theron rapes Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey), Queen of Sparta (Leonidas’ wife), in favor to send reinforcements to Leonidas. During the sacred council meeting, Theron betrays the Queen, accusing her of being a seducer and temptress.

She stabbed him with a dagger from a standing guard, and she repeats what he told her before she was raped: “This will not be over quickly, you will not enjoy this”.

The dagger that Gorgo uses to kill Theron pierces his purse, spilling Persian coins from his robe, revealing his role as traitor, and the Council agrees to unite against Persia.

At Thermopylae, the Persians use the another path guided by Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan) to surround the Spartans. Xerxes’ general demands their surrender and repeat the similar offering.

Leonidas submission

A plan in ploy when Leonidas took down his helm, spear and shield, a breath of precision to allow one of his men to leap over him and killing the general.

A god-king can bleed

Enraged with anger, Xerxes roars his armies to attack, when Leonidas rises and hurls his spear at Xerxes, pierces the King on the cheek, as he promises earlier to make the “god-king” bleed.

 

His roar was loud before his final breathe

Moments before his death, Leonidas pledges his undying love to Gorgo.

Now the Persians face 10,000 Spartans leading 30,000 free Greeks.

In conclusion, Dilios led 10,000 Spartans and 30,000 free Greeks against the Persian army in Battle Of Plataea.

Reviewer’s Note:
Based on the extraordinary graphic novel by Frank Miller of the same name: 300 comes to life in a motion picture.

There are always mixed comments between the graphic novel and the movie itself but this one is seriously the same – I mean it’s identically the same, the impact is there and everything was there.

But this masculine movie is one awesome shit. Even girls drools on them! What’s more important is the technique and slow motion tricks used by Zack Snyder to capture every movement to look and feel like a comic book. The feeling is awesome and yeah it’s kinda cool too!

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