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300 (2006)

By Newguy

logoDirector: Zack Snyder

Writer: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordan (Screenplay) Frank Miller, Lynn Varley (Graphic Novel)

Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom

Plot: King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Good Action Fantasy

Story: 300 starts by telling us about Leonidas and how he was put through his training as a child before becoming King Leonidas (Butler). When a Persian messenger comes to Sparta with a message from King Xerxes (Santoro) about an impending war Leonidas refuses to back down. Leonidas draws up a battle plan to go against the Persian’s against that out numbers them drastically. The oracles warn Leonidas about going into the battle but Leonidas refuses to back down.

Leonidas selects 300 warriors who have sons to carry on their names to go and fight leaving Sparta behind. One the way to the battle Leonidas and his men learn what the Persians are capable off as they prepare for the battle. We follow King Leonidas and his 300 as they plow through the Persian army defying all of the odds, while another battle for power rages on back at Sparta.

300 shows how determined one group of people were to protect their own land, sure we have comic book style which helps the film enter the fantasy side. It doesn’t have the most original screen story but this is clearly made for the action. We do see how the warriors of Sparta would have been the better in battle even if the actual battle turned into something very fantasy based. Just remember you won’t need to be thinking too much through this film, just relax and enjoy. (7/10)

Actor Review

Gerard Butler: King Leonidas fearless warrior who leads his army of 300 into battle against the Persians against all odds. He goes against all the gods and wishes of their oracle to battle for his people. Gerard gives a good performance showing how he was going to be a lead actor. (8/10)



Lena Headey: Queen Gorgo who is left to rule Sparta while the King goes into battle. She has to deal with Theron who stays back might not be as loyal as first thought. Lena gives a good performance and shows how she was always going to be playing a Queen. (7/10)


Dominic West: Theron Spartan who stays behind and tries to use his power in the city to gain power over the people while Leonidas is battling for their freedom. Dominic gives a solid performance as the scheming villain. (6/10)



David Wenham: Dilios warrior who is also the story telling, he provides narration for the story and fills us in on Leonidas’ past. David gives a good performance as the story teller but also warrior who fights for Sparta. (6/10)



Michael Fassbender: Stelios one of the fearless warriors who has never faced a real challenge and hopes to find one in this battle. Michael gives a good performance as the greatest warrior of the army in what was his debut role. (7/10)



Support Cast: 300 supporting cast is filled with warriors on both sides of the fight, they all have their moments in the battle.

Director Review: Zack Snyder – Zack showed why he is such a popular director with his newer style of directing which is both unique and entertaining. (8/10)

Action: 300 has plenty of fights but what did you expect from this kind of war film. (9/10)

Fantasy: 300 uses fantasy for its battles showing how different types of warriors could be looked and the legend created by fear. (8/10)

War: 300 shows of the great battles between the Persians and the Spartans. (10/10)

Settings: 300 creates the settings to look very authentic looking scenery for the battle scenes. (9/10)
Special Effects
: 300 uses great effects for the fights and to create the different style of fighters. (9/10)

Suggestion: 300 is one for the action fans to enjoy, it has plenty of fighting but not much in the way of thinking needed. (Action Fans Watch)

Best Part: Stelios Now.

Worst Part: Lots of shouting from Leonidas.

Action Scene Of The Film: The first battle.

Kill Of The Film: Monster creature man vs Leonidas.

Favourite Quote: King Leonidas ‘This is Sparta!’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $456 Million

Budget: $65 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Tagline: Spartans, prepare for glory!




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