Rise of An Empire

Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. He's pitted against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemesia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Edition: Rental
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 10, 2015
  • JamesBayRidge rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just a lot of fun, nothing serious and forget the history. Eva Green is deliciously evil and the Greeks are heroic.

Jan 14, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

As someone who is not really the target audience for this film, I found it more entertaining, if no less bloody, than the original. Shouldn't they have just called it "302?" Perhaps responding to the criticisms that the Spartans, while heroic, were a proto-fascist society that valued submission to the state and warfare above all, the focus is switched to Athens, because, hey, democracy! The fight is once again against the faceless Persian hordes and their weird god king Xerses (taking over from his father Darius), but the one slightly novel twist is that they are led by a woman, played by Eva Green, who is beautiful and ferocious. Battle scenes are predictably violent and there's way too much use of slo-mo, but the naval battles are kinda cool. A good leave your brain at the door action movie.

Dec 09, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is a terrible movie. Be forewarned that all the action sequences slow to a crawl as a sword is slashed. VERY ANNOYING!!! Also the amount of blood in this movie is at the stupid level\annoying. It doesn’t bother me but doesn’t add anything to the movie, also love how the sword stays clean after killing a dozen people! Also, there is so much CGI in this movie, at times you think you are watching a video game. Don’t bother.

Nov 26, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Despite the extreme violence and a very graphic sex scene, this is an interesting movie, that kept us glued to the screen from beginning to end. The many negative reviews to this movie were puzzling to me, especially considering that sickly bloody series, “Spartacus,” with the most disgusting sex scenes and so much foul language, got gushingly, ecstatic reviews. Some of Themistocles’ beautiful phrases could have been easily in the mouths of the Founders of this wonderful nation. The fight of good against evil, of individualism against a tyrannical state—that is the movie’s message, old, and yet so modern. My only complaint is that women at that time did not go into battle; they did not get the necessary training, and for obvious reasons: their duty was to take care of their home and children. (PS: kevfarley, I was referring to the Spartan queen. I am sure a handful of women, throughout the entire History of the Ancient World, fought, but they were a microscopic drop compared to the vast sea of women who remained at home. Herodotus marvels at Artemisia “being a woman” and possessing “manly courage.” As for her charging a ship, he states that he was “not able to say whether [Artemisia] did this by intention, or whether the Calyndian ship happened by chance to fall in her way.”)

Nov 25, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with EuSei's Review (see below).

However, there WAS a (Greek) woman captain of a warship within the Persian Fleet.

When she saw that the Persians were loosing, she rammed and sunk a Persian ship (!),.. so that the Greeks would think she was on their side, thus allowing her and her ship to escape the 'melee', without being slaughtered .

What a woman !!

Nov 17, 2014
  • kalua1969 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not bad, but certainly not great either. Falls short in comparison to the original 300 in terms of acting and storyline. Special effects / graphics are pretty much the same, and as one reviewer mentioned below, quite overdone with embers and ash swirling around throughout the entire movie...even in places you wouldn't think they'd be floating around the air in. Not sure what the director was going for with that, but oh well....I guess the world was on fire or something.

Overall...a decent movie to watch if you have nothing else to do on a boring weekend. Certainly one to rent and not buy.

Nov 10, 2014
  • thislibrarysucksbad rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Weak story line, too much senseless violence.

Sep 24, 2014
  • jackandbean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For all the people who want a good story. Why don't you read Homer or some Greek mythology instead of bad mouthing a great film!!!!!!!

Sep 21, 2014
  • hammer59 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Less boring and more imaginative than the first movie.

Only a fool would not expect to see excessive gory violence, but unfortunately mankind's filthy history is rife with it...to this day.

The redeeming quality is that throughout history, decent men have heroically fought perverse men and nations in vile pursuit of domination and downright evil.

Persian, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Ottoman, Nazi, English and now American empires...all have flourished and have (or will soon) vanish due to their lust for power and wealth.

There must be a God after all. Selah!

Aug 15, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

If you like blood & guts, you will get plenty of it. Severed limbs aplenty. Boring compared to the first movie, 300. Ok special effects, with a lot of focus on gore.

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Nov 25, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Themistocles: My brothers. Steady your heart. Look deep into your souls. For your mettle is to be tested this day. If in the heat of battle you need a reason to fight on, you need only to look at the man who fights at your side. This is the why of battle. This is the brotherhood of men in arms. An unbreakable bond made stronger by the crucible of combat. You will never be closer than with those who you shed your blood with. For there is no nobler cause than to fight for those who will lay down their life for you. So you fight strong today. You fight for your brothers. Fight for your families. Most of all you fight for Greece.

Nov 25, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Themistocles: Better we show them, we chose to die on our feet, rather than live on our knees!

Jul 12, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Oracle's words stand as a warning. A prophecy. Sparta will fall. All of Greece will fall. And Persian fire will reduce Athens to cinder. For Athens is a pile of stone and wood... and cloth and dust...and, as dust, will vanish into the wind.
Only the Athenians themselves exist. And the fate of the world hangs on their every syllable. Only the Athenians exist.

And only stout wooden ships can save them. Wooden ships...and a tidal wave of heroes' blood.

10 years ago, this war began...as all wars begin: With a grievance …

Jul 12, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Queen Gorgo to troops:
A story that will be told
for a thousand years.
Let our final stand
...be recorded to the histories.
And let it be shown
...that we chose to die on our feet
...rather than live on our knees!


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Aug 11, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: One scene of rough sex, with some nudity.


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