Synopsis:King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
300 (2006) is an American action-drama fantasy war film that was based on Frank Miller and Lynn Varley‘s 1998 comic series of the same name. 300 had an estimated budget of $65 million and grossed over $456.1 million at the box office. Director, producer and screenplay writer Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch (2011), Man of Steel (2013), Watchmen (2009)) did an incredible job directing his fourth full-length movie. The film was shot in Icestorm Studios, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Los Angeles, California, USA and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film contains one sexual scene that was dimly lit showing a female’s breast for about 30 seconds, extreme graphic violence, suspense, tension, thrills, adventures, drama, and frightening scenes for some viewers.
300 revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler - How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), RocknRolla (2008)) who had a small army. King Leonidas led 300 of his best soldiers/Spartans to battle Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro - Women in Love (2003), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Focus (2015)) who had 300,000 soldiers. Arcadians join the Spartans along the way to battle Xerxes’ army. Leonidas met Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan - 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), The Pianist (2002), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)) who asks to join in the battle so that he can redeem his father’s name. He gained acknowledgment from Leonidas after telling him of a secret path that the Persians can use to surround the Spartans, but Leonidas declined to accept Ephialtes as part of his army because of his deformity.
Skip Forward - Xerxes tried to persuade Leonidas personally to surrender by offering him wealth and power but Leonidas declines. Xerxes felt anger and sends in his Immortal elite guards later that night. Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey - Game of Thrones (2011-2017), The Purge (2013), 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)) tries to gain support in Sparta for her husband as the battle rages. The movie progresses to being a beautiful watch until the last few minutes which made me feel like I was cheated because the ending was… well, you will see for yourself upon watching the film.
The majority of movie fans will dislike this movie because it contains one fighting scene after another with a not so complicated story with simple dialogue mostly about moral values. The battle scenes were nicely done with excellent camera work, the visual effects, colors, characters, costumes, and backgrounds. I was shocked that there was so much detail in this film, everything was detailed, everything! There were blood splatters in the air during fighting scenes, and everything was viewable, and that is because the editing department did a remarkable job slowing down things when needed. The visual effects/landscapes/everything was a feat to intake as it was luxurious and charismatic. I was captivated by the movie from the very beginning until the last few minutes towards the ending. Final thoughts - moviegoers will either love or hate this film.
About 300 (2006)
Original Title: 300: The IMAX Experience
Runtime: 117 minutes
Genre: Action, Fantasy, War
Total Avg. Votes: 2
Writers: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon, Frank Miller, Lynn Varley
Director: Zack Snyder