‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is a historical action film directed by Noam Murro and is the sequel to Zack Snyder’s ‘300’ (Snyder has screenplay and producing credits for this one). The film contains events that happen before, during and after the events of the original but it mostly focuses on combat between the naval army lead by the Athenian Themistokles and the Persian navy lead by Greek-born Artemisia who serves under Xerxes.
Like ‘300’ before it, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ fails as a historical case study but succeeds as entertaining cinema. Again, if you want something more historically accurate then go watch ‘The 300 Spartans’. While ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ lacks that Snyder-level cinematic magic, it is still a thoroughly captivating and enjoyable film. It is certainly passable as an imitation of Snyder’s style but it is hardly as iconic as the work of Snyder himself.
Snyder’s ‘300’ was an instant classic due to its purely cinematic presentation and visual perfection along with its fantastically written and told story. Unfortunately, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ can only ever live in the shadow of Snyder’s ‘300’. Despite not being a classic, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is a worthy sequel to the original and is more of the same for those that want it.
‘300: Rise of an Empire’ is awesome.