#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought.
Plot: Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, “300” is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world’s first democracy.
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Only the third time seeing this one, first time was in the theaters and then I think on DVD. Didn’t care a whole lot in either viewing. So with the 4K being released, decided enough time had passed to give it another shot and… it was okay, a bit too stylized for my taste (and yes I know that’s Snyder’s thing) and lacks the emotional impact Snyder was going for, but there are some bad ass moments, including just Gerard Butler’s overall performance, but didn’t really do much for me otherwise.
Probably my least favorite of Snyder’s movies, though haven’t watched Sucker Punch in a long time. 3.0/5
300, the 2007 story of the three hundred Spartans who held off a massive Persian offensive in Ancient Greece, proved a disappointing film. In spite of my Classics degree, I won’t complain about the divergences from recorded fact. The film is clearly meant to be a fantasy on historical themes instead of a faithful account of the event. Rather, what irked me was the hammy dialogue. There were the tropes of recent Hollywood battle scenes: warriors on the good guys’ side defending themselves with little exertion as they trade silly quips about how they’ve got each other’s backs. A queen gives an address to a council that is all melodrama — are we back in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels?
Having enjoyed Sin City, a film with a similar green screen approach, I thought that 300 would be enjoyable on the basis of its special effects, but alas it wasn’t. For one, the cinematography is claustrophobic. All outdoor scenes but one were filmed with a green screen, and the digital backdrops add no depth. Even when supposedly standing on the Greek coast under a big sky, everyone seems like they are just standing around in a fairly small room. Also, the fight scenes seem more primitive than considering that this film followed years after The Matrix Reloaded.
The little I can recommend 300 for is the variety of demonic monsters and exotic costumed assassins that fill the Persian army. As I said, this is a fantasy on historical themes, and the additions are often interesting. Still, I had a hard time sitting through the whole film.
The 480 BC Battle of Thermopylae is the stuff of military legend when, in popular lore, a mere 300 Spartans commanded by King Leonidas held off a Persian force led by Xerxes the Great that Herodotus claimed as 2.6 million. In truth, the Spartans were backed by a mixed force of almost 7,000, while there are enormous variations in modern estimates of the multi-ethnic Persian army, but somewhere between 100,000-200,000 seems realistic. Whatever the actual figures, the odds against the Spartans were terrible, death was inevitable, and their honour secure.
The story was first told on film in 1962 when director Rudolph Maté went to Greece and shot a worthy, but conventional and surprisingly leaden, version entitled “The 300 Spartans”, starring American Richard Egan as King Leonidas and the British David Farrar as Xerxes. “300” takes the same basic narrative and presents it in an utterly different style in a blood-fest when “The Wild Bunch” meets “Kill Bill” and the visuals are like nothing except “Sin City”. This time the director is Zack Snyder, known for his music videos, and the location is a studio set in Montreal with green backgrounds later filled by superb computer-generated graphics and the whole storybook style is based on the graphic novel by co-producer Frank Miller. Both versions use the legendary exchange: “When we attack today, our arrows will blot out the sun!” “Good; then we will fight in the shade.” But only “300” has such fun lines as: “Spartans! Enjoy your breakfast, for tonight we dine in Hell!”
Ever since its first public showing at the Berlin Film Festival, most critics have mauled “300” and it presents an easy target for those wanting something more cerebral: there is virtually no plot or characterisation, the script is sparse and bland, much of the acting is exaggerated and over-loud, when it is not homo-erotic it is oddly camp, and the whole thing is stereotypical when it is not outright xenophobic and politically incorrect. And yet, as entertainment, it has much to offer: the sepia-tinged visuals are absolutely stunning and the fight sequences viscerally exciting. I was fortunate enough to see it in IMAX and I regularly felt blood-splattered and exhausted and quite ready to leap into the action.
There are no big names in the cast list which helps the sense of history but does not raise the thespian talent quotient. Gerard Butler plays King Leonidas with a Scottish accent, while the Brazilian Rodrigo Santoro is a version of Xerxes bejewelled with ethnic metalwork. Most of the warriors are literally larger than life: the actors playing the Spartans reveal most of their bodies with digitally-enhanced muscles, while on Xerxes’ side characters include a huge hunchback, a giant emissary and a claw-armed executioner as well the metal-masked Immortals. This is before we get on to an enormous raging rhino and bedecked elephants. Truly this is a battle with a circus-like cast. The love interest comes from the feisty wife of Leonidas, Queen Gorgo, portrayed by the alluring British actress Lena Headey. There is even a scene in a rippling corn field borrowed from “Gladiator”.
At the end of the day, what makes the movie are the thrilling fight sequences with encounters in which the film is slowed down and then speeded up to give a video-game quality that is unlike anything you have previously seen on the big screen. Whem a sword slashes or a spear lungs or an arrow whistles, you really feel and hear it. At times, it is as if a picture by Hieronymus Bosch had come to life.
“This is Sparta!”
Zack Snyder’s epic spectacle about the Battle of Thermopylae in the fifth century BC, when the Spartan king Leonidas tried to stop the Persian army with three hundred soldiers, does not pretend to historical credibility, but is an adaptation of the comic book of the same name by Frank Miller. The film mimics the comic-book visuals, with an interesting use of colors and contrasts, spectacularly directed fight scenes, and the amount of “monsters”, violence and gore that surpasses most of the slasher horrors I’ve seen. The criteria by which films receive R rating are quite puritanical and conservative, and in most cases, the reasons for this rating are ridiculous to me, but with the explicitness of violence and to some extent sex, “300” definitely deserves it. But although it has an epic atmosphere and is visually breathtaking, overall it is not particularly strong or impressive. I saw it about a decade ago, and now while watching it again I remembered almost nothing. The story and dialogues occasionally step in unconvincing and even a comic exaggeration, and I think it is too morbid for a story it tells. As a fan of horror and all kinds of twisted movies, it was somewhat suitable for me, but I don’t recommend it to a faint-hearted audience and by no means for children.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 57 min (117 min)
Genre Action, Drama
Director Zack Snyder
Writer Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael B. Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
Actors Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham
Country USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia
Awards 19 wins & 55 nominations.
Production Company Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC, Legendary Pictures, Virtual Studios, Warner Bros.
Sound Mix Sonics-DDP (IMAX version), DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 235, Panavision Primo Lenses, Arriflex 435 ES, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses, Photo-Sonics 4ER, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 3,074 m (Portugal, 35 mm), 3,183 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 100T 5212, Vision2 Expression 500T 5229)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision Premier 2393), 70 mm (horizontal) (IMAX DMR blow-up), D-Cinema