the Persian Army won against Leonidas' 300 men army. with his father dead, Xerxes took over the throne, persuaded by Artemisia, a commander that twisted King Darius' last words. convinced, Xerxes then declared war on Greece. Themistocles tried to convince the council to provide him an army to fight off the Persians at sea. however, facing many obstacles, he only managed to form a small army with his old friends. they learned about Artemisia painful past and her hatred towards the Greeks, which was also the reason the war was declared.
despite the effort to perform better while still retained the visual of its prequel, Rise of an Empire (2014) only managed to to do the latter. it was almost empty plot wise, where the focus was on Artemisia and her frightful ways. she would do anything just to destroy Greece. Themistocles was nowhere a comparison to Leonidas, he didn't have the heroic aura nor fierceness expected in a leader. we were disappointed to see so little of Xerxes, especially after he dramatically emerged from the pond, looking so breathtaking. the most engaging person among all the casts, was Artemisia. despite being the bad guy, she stood out with her background introduced, where character development became possible. Themistocles on the other hand, was just another guy among the guys, whom we knew nothing about.
some backgrounds on the movie:
- director: Noam Murro
- released: 2014
- casts: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell
- language: English
- genre: Fantasy/War
- 300 (2007)
- 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)