Two words rang through my head as I watched  “300: Rise of an Empire” — thrilling and gruesome. Although I have to admit, I was expecting something very different. I was expecting the movie to take off from where the 2006 film “300” ended. Alas, we took a trip down memory lane and witnessed old characters and their back story, as well as the battle raging in other part of Greece during the attack on Hell’s Gates.

 

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel “Xerxes,” in “300: Rise of an Empire”, the battles take place on the sea. Since the story revolves around naval battles, there is a different kind of action than on land. For some, this was disappointing, and they felt that this movie wasn’t as action-packed as the first installation. I believe there was more than enough gruesome action, it’s probably just not what you are expecting. A personal observation of mine is that the blood seemed extremely fake and didn’t look quite right. I thought this was weird that there would be a “downgrade” in one of the most characteristic selling points of the movie, but it isn’t too distracting in the end.

 

Overall, I thought there was good acting, the action was definitely enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, and there was a sufficient yet well-rounded plot. But that’s about it: the plot was sufficient. I always get annoyed when it feels like a movie was specifically made to get you all ready for the next movie, and this movie certainly falls in that category. Although I would still highly recommend it to any fan of “300,” I have a feeling the next movie (if there is one) is going to be much better.

 

As far as the rating goes, I would not recommend this movie to anyone underage, as it has extreme violence, rape, sex, and other graphic material that kids probably should not see.

 

What did you think of the movie? Did you like the plot? Are you hoping for a third movie to come out? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!