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300: Rise of an Empire

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Sequel with stylized bloody battles, sex, and vengeance.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Hidden inside all the bloody battles is a theme about democracy, or nations working together to attain peace and freedom, but it's ultimately fairly muddled in the storytelling. Also, seeing the movie may interest teens in reading about the real history.

 

Positive role models

Most of the characters are wooden and forgettable. Other than being brave warriors in battle, they have no traits worth emulating.

 

Violence

Though fantasy-based and totally artificial, the movie contains an array of brutal battle scenes, with arrows, swords and shields slicing into dozens of bodies. Huge gushes of fake-looking computer generated blood are shown spraying out at every angle. Heads and limbs are sliced off. A man's face is smashed underneath a horse's hoof. Dozens are killed. Things explode. Perhaps worse, the lone female character gets a flashback to her childhood, wherein her family is said to have been tortured, raped, and killed. As a girl, she is captured and chained up in the bowels of a ship, clearly bruised, and a man approaches her and is shown removing his shirt (abuse is strongly suggested).

 

Sex

A sex scene between Themistocles and Artemisia plays more like a fight than lovemaking. They throw each other around the room, and thrusting is shown. Artemisia is shown topless for several moments. Another woman is shown topless in an earlier scene, as she is being taken prisoner. Hundreds of chiseled, muscled men are shown posing shirtless, like an army of Chippendales dancers.

 

Language

"F--k" and "c--k" are used clearly, once each. In a noisy crowd scene, it sounds as if they are each used a second time, but it's difficult to tell for sure.

 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 300: Rise of an Empire is the sequel to the violent hit 300, with the story taking place before, during, and after the events of the original. The violence in the new movie is artificial and fantasy-based, but extremely bloody, with many fight scenes, sliced-up bodies, severed heads and limbs, and huge gushes of spraying blood. There's also a subplot about an abused girl, with sexual abuse strongly suggested. The movie contains a sex scene that plays more like a fight than lovemaking, and female toplessness is shown for several minutes. Another woman is topless in a brief scene, and many chiseled, musclebound men are shown shirtless throughout. The movie clearly contains one use each of "f--k" and "c--k," and a possible second use during a noisy crowd scene.

What's the story?

Set before, during and after the events of 300 (2007), the story turns to Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), who wishes to unite all of Greece in a new democracy. The Spartans oppose his idea, and he must go to war against the powerful Persian navy, led by the vengeful warrior Artemisia (Eva Green) and the half-God king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). But when the 300 Spartans die in battle, they become martyrs, bringing all the fighting forces together for one cause. Unfortunately Themistocles and Artemisia have some personal history together that complicates things.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The film starts with droning exposition -- explaining a plot that is historically inaccurate anyway -- and adds wooden dialogue and stilted speeches. Then it throws in a boatload of posing, shirtless, chiseled, bearded men that are difficult to tell apart from one another. This is followed by an ongoing array of slow-motion sequences of swords slicing into bodies, limbs, and heads, and huge sprays of fake-looking computer-generated blood. Dust often floats in the foreground to highlight the 3D.

The monotony of the rest of the movie throws into sharp relief one character, the fierce, chilly warrior Artemisia (Eva Green). Green can't do much with this one-dimensional role, but she's by far the best thing in the movie. Zack Snyder adapted Frank Millers graphic novel, while Noam Murro directed. The final product is brutal and boring, though it will no doubt entertain the many fans of the hit original.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the movie go over-the-top? Is the violence realistic? Entertaining? What is the appeal of movies like this?

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 7, 2014
DVD/Streaming release date:June 24, 2014
Cast:Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton
Director:Noam Murro
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language

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Adult Written byFilmFanatic March 16, 2014

Bloody CGI violence and an explicit sex scene

Violence (12+)- Obviously as this is the companion movie to "300" it features the same stylized bloody violence as its predecessor. The action is more bloody and unrealistic will heaping loads of CGI blood rather then gory, but could still give young viewers the wrong message. This movie glorifies violence and battle in a way that can be unhealthy for an immature mind. As long as your children can stomach the blood AND recognize that in real life violence is not as it is portrayed then it shouldn't be an issue. Sex/Nudity- (16+) Parents should know that the sex scene is not the same gentle love-making between husband and wife that was shown in the first 300 movie. About an hour into the movie the main protagonist is invited to meet and discuss war with his enemy the main female antagonist. The discussion of war does not last long and it is clear to the adult audience what she is after. To children, it may not be as clear. The scene starts off slowly with some sensual whispers and moves into hair pulling and then into full on throat grabbing and thrusting. To adults it is obvious that its a sex scene but a younger audience may not understand why both characters seem intent on hurting one another, throwing each other around the room and grabbing throats/pulling hair. It plays almost like a fight sequence, yet has obvious characteristics of a sex scene such as the VERY load moaning and thrusting. Later into the scene the female character's top is torn off, exposing her breasts which are shown up close as they are fondled by the male protagonist. In the end, the male character denies joining the woman's side and she pulls a sword on him. He is unharmed and taken away by guards. As he is being taken away, he covers his naked groin with a cloth and nothing is seen, yet the female character is nude from the waist up with her hair only partially obscuring her breasts. Not only is this sex scene explicit but children who are confused by its violence will most likely ask questions that may be very awkward to answer. One of the first scenes in the movie has a naked woman being taken prisoner and her breasts are clearly shown for a few seconds as she is dragged away. We see a flashback of the female antagonists past in which her mother is raped and her father is killed. This shot switches back and forth between her parents and the little girls tear stricken face as she watches. The rape is not explicit but is very disturbing. We later hear that at ten years old, she was taken prisoner on a boat for many years and it is heavily applied that she is sexually abused. Very disturbing. Also since the abuse is implied children may not understand and will probably ask questions. The same female villain later in the movie, beheads a man (graphically) and then proceeds to kiss his severed head. Lasts a few minutes and will probably gross out kids. As you may have already guessed, the female villain is VERY sexualized, though she is a very strong character and is not dwarfed in any way by her male co-stars. Language- (12+) Nothing your kids haven't heard in school or outside. A man tells another man to "shut his c*ckhole". Another man yells out in the background "F*ck the spartans!" A woman says to a man "Have you come to stroke your c*ck watching real men train?" A woman says to a man "You fight harder then you f*ck!" There are good messages and role models in this movie despite what common sense media has to say. The male lead is brave and is willing to die for his country and his men. He puts the needs of others before him. The movies message is to never give up, to have hope in the face of darkness and rebel against tyranny. All in all a VERY good movie and lives up the the first. *If you do bring your kids will you be sure to talk about- - The real history behind the characters and the battles. Be sure they understand that this movie was adapted from a comic book and is in no way historically correct. Also, the comic/movie tells the story through the GREEKS point of view and therefore the Persians are portrayed as villains and tyrannical people. If this upsets you, don't see the movie at all. - The rape and the violence sex scene. Make them understand the difference between consensual sex and consensual, but violent sex. This can be a hard concept for a child to grasp, which is why I don't think anyone with the maturity level of under 16+ should watch it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byJesse Butin April 29, 2014

Good for mature kids

The violence pushed even my extreme taste, and I wouldn't recommend it for juvenile families, but it was good and mature teens should be fine.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byJosh2515 April 16, 2014

300 rise of an empire lives up to the first

I loved this movie the action scenes were amazing and the fake blood doesn't bother me the fighting looks like a video game. Eva green was a highlight in this movie. I also liked the backstory with Xercses. The sex scene they definitely should have left out o mean it made no sense, hopefully there wont be any sex in the next one. Which im really looking forward to.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex