fThe problem for 300: Rise of an Empire is there is nothing new here, or as a friend put it, "There is blood, battle and boobs" better know as gratuitous violence and nudity. There is nothing really memorable to see. I still remember to this day as I left 300 a couple of guys in front of us discussing if there would be a sequel. I found the statement a bit humorous. Even though Hollywood frequently doesn't get it, there are some movies that just should not have sequels. I give you as a prime example now 300: Rise of an Empire. There just isn't that much to work with. Even the antagonist, the commander of Xerxes' armada, Artemisia played by Eva Green doesn't really seem all that threatening to the leader of the Greeks, Themistocles, played by Sulivan Stapleton. The story is basically the story of the sea battle between the Persians and Greek forces while the 300 were dying at the Gates of Fire.
The issue with the movie is not the history. We know that 300 is not much more accurate either. It is simply not fresh. The effects that were cool in 300 are the same for its sequel, and since we've seen the same effects used to one degree of another in The Immortals and Spartacus, the TV series. The audience is not as enthralled. In fact, at a few points, the slowly pouring blood spatter becomes mundane, even silly like that Monty Python sketch where people keep getting body parts hacked off while on a picnic. Remembering this skit, I even found myself guffawing a bit at the end of the final battle scene. It is basically the same story except the Greeks win. Its story-line is weak, and while the magic of the Oracle in the first was fascinating, the story of Xerxes becoming the God-King is not so much. If you want a movie that is basically something to not thing about at all and more visual than anything else, 300: Rise of an Empire is just the ticket. It truly is a movie of blood, battle, and boobs.