300: Rise of an Empire

  • Review Date: March 7, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sequel with stylized bloody battles, sex, and vengeance.
  • Review Date: March 7, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 102 minutes





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.



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).



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.



"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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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?


300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE starts with droning exposition -- explaining a plot that is historically inaccurate anyway -- and adds wooden dialogue and stilted speeches (almost all of which contain words like "vengeance" and "glory"). 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?


  • Does the movie have a message about working together, or is it more focused on the idea of revenge?


  • Is the movie's sex scene based more on violence, or on love?






Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 7, 2014
DVD release date:June 24, 2014
Cast:Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Sullivan Stapleton
Director:Noam Murro
Studio:Warner Bros.
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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Parent Written byNathan009876 January 17, 2015

Amazing, but not for anyone under the age of 17

300 Rise Of An Empire is amazing and is much better than the first. I would strongly not recommend this film to anyone under the age of 17. The film has very strong gory violence including multiple beheadings and gruesome action. Strong sex is an element in this film. With multiple scenes of rape and one graphic scene of sex. Swearing is very strong with 62 uses of f**k and many uses of sh*t.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byJimmy brew November 29, 2014

Slightly less violent prequel is still very violent but also exicting

My rating:R for graphic sequences of bloody war violence,language,graphic nudity,sexuality and a death scene
Teen, 16 years old Written bysikzel October 3, 2014

300 movie review

The movie 300 is a fantasy war film which is directed by Noam Murro. This movie is based on the previous 300 and on the events of the Battle of Salamis. The movie was set during the time when the Spartans were still around and the beliefs of the Greek gods were still high. The background of the movie is set with the battle of marathon. The tired Persian army were leaving when all of a sudden the Greek army attacked them. Towards the end of the battle the great Themistocles strikes down the Persian king. As the king lay dying in his sons (Xerxes) arms, a spark of hatred and deeper hunger for revenge against the Greeks and their leader Themistocles is ignited. This sets us into the movie as the Persians try to get gain their revenge. Since this movie is very much about war, there weren’t many different kinds costumes used. troops wore full on leathered armered suits and some just loin cloths. The Artemisias "special" troops wore masks to hide their identities and to seem more intimidating and fierce. Both of the armies used swords and shields to attack and defend the enemy. Anyone who had a higher ranking in the army wore specialised helmets. The Persian ships were big and bulky whereas to the Greeks ships being small and quick. This made it easier to sink the Greek ships. The Persians were more advanced than the Greeks because they had a larger variety of ships. The music used in the movie is often used to emphasize the intensity of the scene, eg, whenever the Persians are seen there is 'Persian music' or when there is a vital moment the music intensifies. The movie has a high budget of $110 million allowing them to hire or buy the props that were needed and make this movie a success. Artemisia and Xerxes have a love hate relationship because Xerxes hates the way how Artemisia can easily manipulate him.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence


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