Thoughts: What we expected was an over the top bloody and some what realistic Spartan movie(we know a lot of history about it) and what we got was a weird fantasy movie with the King of Persia that looks like this
And none of the Spartans are wearing armor look
Spartan in the movie had 6-pack and not armor.
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comic Book
Release Date: March 9, 2007
Running Time: 117 minutes
MMPA rating: R
The Good: The first two fight scenes were good, Two really awesome quotes: "THIS. IS. SPARTA!" and "Then we will fight in the shade!",
Disclaimer: We do not like it when a movie was a lot of weird stuff in them, if you like that kind of stuff you might like the movie.
The Bad: After the first fight scene it has a lot of crazy and weird looking enemies, Everything looked really really weird but if you like that kind of stuff you might like the movie, Simple plot, Cheesy dialogue,
Note: The entire movie was filmed on a green screen and it looks like a comic book.
Plot: Dilios, a Spartan soldier, narrates the story of Leonidas, from boyhood to the throne of Sparta. Years later, a Persian messenger arrives at the gates of Sparta demanding the submission of Sparta to King Xerxes. In response to this demand, Leonidas and his guards kick the messenger into a large well. Knowing this will prompt a Persian attack, Leonidas visits the Ephors, ancient leprosy-ridden priests whose blessing he needs before the Spartan council will authorize going to war. He proposes they repel the numerically superior Persians by using the terrain of Thermopylae (the Hot Gates) and funnel the Persians into a narrow pass between the rocks and the sea. The Ephors consult the Oracle, who decrees that Sparta must not go to war during their religious festival Carnea. As Leonidas departs, two agents of Xerxes appear (one of them – Theron – a Spartan).
Leonidas follows his plan anyway, setting out with only 300 soldiers, whom he calls his personal guards to avoid needing the council's permission. Though he regards the mission as certain suicide, he hopes the sacrifice will spur the council to unite against Persia. On the way to Thermopylae, Arcadians join the Spartans. At Thermopylae they construct a wall to contain the approaching Persian advance. As construction goes on, Leonidas meets Ephialtes, a hunchbacked Spartan(he looks really weird) in exile whose parents fled Sparta to spare him certain infanticide. Wanting to redeem his father's name, Ephialtes asks to join the fight; he warns Leonidas of a secret path the Persians could use to outflank and surround them. Though Leonidas sympathizes with Ephialtes' will to fight, he turns him down, as Ephialtes cannot properly hold a shield: this would compromise the Spartans phalanx formation. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 5.1/10- The plot is very loosely based on historical 300 Spartans fighting the over 3000 Persians but it was changed and we don't like that because it didn't need to change. The original story of the 300 Spartans would have made a great movie. The plot is very simple and nothing special.
Action: 9.2/10- It had a lot of action and the first two fight scenes were great.
Acting: 6.0/10- Lena Headey was the best actor in the movie and the rest of the acting wasn't terrible but it was really of over the top.
Special effects: 7.6/10- The entire movie was filmed on a green screen and it looked like a the graphic novel that it was based on.
Soundtrack: 8.4/10- The soundtrack was epic and actually better than the movie its self.
Comedy: N/A- There were some "it was so cheesy it's funny dialogue".
Overall: 6.4/10- Overall 300 changed the historical story of the movie and added a odd fantasy look to the movie but it did have a lot of good action.
Closing comments: I guess we are still going to have wait for a good realistic movie about the 300 Spartans.
Note: We watched the movie on a cable channel so it was censored out and anything extreme content except violence the movie had and it was rated "R".
Recommended for: Action movie fans, Comic Book movie fans, Fantasy movie fans,