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Saturday, April 12, 2008

SNMR 4.22: "300"


Tonight's SNMR feature is "300" (2006, R, 117 minutes), starring Gerard Butler, Leona Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro and Vincent Regan. The film was directed by Zack Snyder.

I had wanted to see this film in the theater, but like many movies, never got around to it. Finally got a chance to see it the other day when I checked it out of the library.

HISTORICAL NOTES: King Xerxes (his Greek name) reigned from 486-465 BC. He is also known as Ahasuerus (in Hebrew) and Khshayarsha (in Persian). The events of this film take place between chapters 6 and 7 of the biblical book of Ezra. The Biblical book of Esther, in which Xerxes is a major character, takes place in Susa (or Shushan), one of the ancient capitals of Persia, from 483-473 BC. Susa was located in what is now the southwestern area of modern day Iran.

PLOT SUMMARY: A retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, in which King Leonidas of Sparta (Butler) goes to battle with 300 of his bravest, toughest soldiers against the legions of Persians under King Xerxes (Santoro). Back in Sparta, Queen Gorgo (Headey) must deal with the treacherous and treasonous Theron (West) and convince him to authorize the main Spartan army to join Leonidas in the battle against the Persian forces before it's too late.

MY THOUGHTS: I'm glad I waited and got to see this movie for free, rather than see it in the theater. The movie is graphically stunning with the combination of live action and CGI enhancements. The battle scenes are stunning and extremely bloody. The script is fair and the actors are good. Butler makes for a convincing Leonidas and Headey is excellent as the Queen. I wonder how accurate the movie is with the actual written history of the battle. What liberties did the writers and director take? There was, however, something unsatisfying about the story that just bothered me, though I can't say exactly what it is.

*** out of *****

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16 Comments:

At 13 April, 2008 15:12, Blogger scribe said...

I'll tell ya what it was. The movie was filled with bluster and pretend passion but there was no actual feeling in it. Nothing more than an overracted video game.

 
At 13 April, 2008 21:39, Blogger JLee said...

It's a pretty good movie, although violent. I thought the special effects were cool.

 
At 14 April, 2008 01:08, Blogger Kayla said...

Never saw it.
I have when a movie is borderline good..and leaves you hanging in the end.
I finally have photos from OK!

 
At 14 April, 2008 01:08, Blogger Kayla said...

"Hate" that is

 
At 14 April, 2008 16:48, Blogger Priscilla said...

This movie was about hot guys...thats all..I approve.

 
At 14 April, 2008 20:46, Blogger scribe said...

The guys were hot but the film itself was terrible. I would've preferred a softcore men in speedos film to this monstrosity.

 
At 14 April, 2008 23:15, Blogger Esther said...

Pudgy men, Scribe???

Tee-Hee.

 
At 15 April, 2008 13:34, Blogger Priscilla said...

scribe-well the hot guys being all noble and violent was cool, I mean this movie clearly wasn't about presenting a correct version of historical events, it was pure entertainment. I would never want to see softcore men in speedos! Blech.

 
At 16 April, 2008 07:15, Blogger DaBich said...

I enjoyed this movie. Good effects.
I've been watching Star Wars on Spike for the last few weekends. Awesome!

Esther...pudgy indeed LOL!

 
At 16 April, 2008 16:34, Blogger Priscilla said...

Green-where's your temporary insanity post, huh? (...impatiently tapping foot)

 
At 17 April, 2008 19:48, Blogger scribe said...

I have HAD IT with the constant slamming of pudgy men in speedos! They are keeping that industry afloat!

 
At 17 April, 2008 21:35, Blogger Priscilla said...

There better be only one pudgy part of a man in a speedo, if ya know whut i mean, hehehehe : )

 
At 18 April, 2008 16:14, Blogger scribe said...

His rectum?

 
At 20 April, 2008 00:31, Blogger Priscilla said...

no his belly hangover, duh.

 
At 22 April, 2008 17:47, Blogger scribe said...

So not his rectum?

 
At 24 April, 2008 22:53, Blogger Priscilla said...

I dont even know if a rectum - an actual rectum itself can be chubby, i mean isnt that a muscle? let me do some research-i'll get back to you, i know how much you care about all things rectal dude.

 

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