Breaking Down the 300: Rise of an Empire Trailer
Update: New trailer added.
Update: Third trailer added.
The first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire was released last week and it certainly made me a believer in this sequel.
At first, I was very skeptical of another movie related to 300 in any way. It fell into the category of movies that never needed another film set before or after it because of the nature of what it was. 300 was based on a singular event that ended with the death of it's heroes. The story of the 300 Spartans and that place where they gave their lives to defend Greece was over. A couple of years ago, news came out that Frank Miller was going to write another graphic novel set in the 300 universe based on Xerxes, which would then serve as the basis of another movie. I initially felt like it was an unnecessary cash-in despite Frank Miller's new story. The fact that Frank was doing another comic rang hollow to me because his recent work hasn't been anywhere near as good as his old work. Then they announced the casting and I was sold a little more after the return of Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro as Queen Gorgo and Xerxes, respectively. Then they announced that Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green as the film's hero and villain, and I was sold a little bit more. Then they announced that the film would not only cover Frank Miller's new comic, but it would focus on historical battles surrounding the Battle of Thermopylae and I was sold a little more. Then I watched the trailer in it's epic glory and I am now sold completely on this now revealed to be sequel to the great 2007 film.
The trailer begins with a voiceover from Queen Gorgo as we see Xerxes stand over the corpse of King Leonidas. Xerxes is holding a giant axe up to Leonidas' head, ready to cut it off an use it as a trophy. Then we see the Queen on a boat standing amongst Greek soldiers discussing sacrifice. During her speech, we see a number of epic shots of Persian boats in the sea, Xerxes walking into a large hall, and riders heading towards a massive city. Then we see various shots of Greek soldiers wearing blue cloaks as they prepare for battle, then we see a great shot of a Greek soldier jumping off a cliff onto a Persian boat and slicing through a Persian soldier. We then see a huge shot of Xerxes standing in front of large crowd, his army marching across Greece, the villain Artemisia (played by Eva Green) saying she will attack the Greeks with her entire navy. We see the new hero, General Themistocles (played by Sullivan Stapleton) acknowledge that their will be death and destruction. Then we see all of the great action in the trailer as ships crash and armies clash, culminating in a crazy shot of Xerxes cutting off Leonidas' head with the giant axe.
This movie has a lot of potential to be just as good, or maybe even better than the 2007 original. I like the fact that they're going bigger and showing the larger conflict between the Greeks and the Persian during that period in history. I also like the fact that they'r using the Battle of Artemisium as the centerpiece battle of the movie which will separate the action from what he have already seen in the original since Artemisium was a naval engagement between the Persians and the Athenians. It looks every bit like the badass, blood spewing, epic film that the original was. The films visual style looks great once again and I'm glad that Zack Snyder was still actively attached to this move as a writer and a producer. After his work on the original and his faithful adaptations of Watchmen and Superman, his presence should help make this movie as good as it's potentially set up to be.This skeptical has been sold and I can't wait to see it.
300: Rise of an Empire hits theaters on March 7, 2014