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300 (2007)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Zack Snyder

Starring:
Gerard Butler/King Leonidas
Lena Headey/Queen Gorgo
Dominic West/Theron
David Wenham/Dilios
PLOT-CRUNCH
In 480 B.C., them pesky Persians are taking over the land and badass Leonidas, the King of Sparta will have none of that shite! Not on his freaking watch! So he picks 300 of his finest warriors and leads them out to kick that ass….old school!
THE LOWDOWN

This is where we fight! This is where they die! - Spartan King Leonidas

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name which was itself inspired by the real life Battle of Thermopylae; 300 was a stunning, visceral and adrenaline charged exercise in excessiveness that speared where it count; the heart and the arteries.

This testosterone fuelled bullet to the cranium really knew how to push my “f*ck yeah” buttons, starting on a thematic standpoint. Call me old fashion (or an a-hole) but it was mucho refreshing to view a film that strongly addressed the themes of honor, strength, values, courage, kinship, respect, staying true to one’s convictions and loyalty... all in one sitting at that! Don't see enough of that in my surroundings and I found the film incredibly inspiring! It actually boosted my morale! Tomorrow I will fight my detractors with all the strength I can muster (i.e. my landlord who’s chasing me for this month’s rent check). The romantic subplot at play “microwaved” my thumper the right way as well! Was it simple? Yes. Delightfully idealistic? YOU BET! And I was all for it! You just can’t go wrong with a woman (Queen Gorgo that is) who stands by her man and his ideals (not his wallet) no matter what. And you have to respect a dude (That’s King Leonidas to you bub!) who knows that a “real man” is one that is able to put his ego aside to take in his woman’s input. Maybe I’m reading too much into all of this, maybe not, but who cares! That’s what I got out of it, so you're stuck with this crap.

But fear not weekend warriors; 300 was more than a healthy good looking couple and about wearing one’s manhood on one’s sleeve. It was also about violence. Scratch that, extreme violence. Scratch that again, extreme violence captured in graphic, slow/fast motion heavy and poetic glory. My fanboy joy-bone was spinning in its socket at 100 miles an hour during most of the battle scenes found in this relentless abattoir. Ingenious, straight for the jugular, energetically/kinetically shot (all about them POV bits...WOW!) and spectacularly staged I was floored and my butt wore off the theatre seat from all the happy-go-squirming I was doing! Wait till you see the Leonidas takes everybody out communicated via "one shot" bit. NUTS! Furthermore, the fact that all the mayhem was set amidst a mesmerizing (top notch production designs here) surrealistic setting made it all that much more powerful. You would think that the fantastic approach to its backdrops would weaken it’s to the grit substance...nope... didn’t happen. Big props to director Zack Snyder for pulling it off! I was totally sucked in the world of the film and not once did I think “green screen” or "this is fake"…NOT ONCE (And I visited the set!) I was way too busy gawking at the awe inspiring environs and getting my ass beaten to a pulp by the brutal get-downs to give it any thought. Topple on top of that an effortless pace, an intense Gerard Butler owning the scenery with his magnetic presence and his supernatural abs and a glorious score that riled me up on more than one occasion and you get a cinematic delicacy of epic proportions.

Any peeves? Just one; I didn’t dig on the varied otherworldly creatures that populated this good bad-trip much (and I don't give a shit if they were in the graphic novel or not; this is a MOVIE!). They felt out of place to me, distracted me away from the film’s core and didn’t bring anything substantial to the storyline. Personally; the hunchback, the God wannabe (with his so-so acting) that looked like he just stepped off a Gay Parade float (I couldn’t take that dude seriously), the giant wolf etc. randomly diminished the film’s impact. Sure the whole flick was surrealistic and all but these oddities didn’t feel true to me, even within this kind of environment. If Star Scrooge, George Lucas would’ve been involved with this project; I would’ve said that they slapped these beasties in there to sell toys. The film was rock solid all around; it didn’t need these CGI crunches to stand tall and proud.

All in all though; 300 had to be the most gripping, striking, exciting and mind blowing film that I’ve seen this year thus far. It stabbed me hard and deep from every damn angle until I was bled dry like a gutted pig on his way to one's plate! THANK YOU! I needed that! Now you ready to fight in the shade or what? You better be! Cause this…is…SPARTA!

GORE
Tonight we dine in hell indeed! What’s on the menu? CARNAGE! I’m talking dismemberments, beheadings, all kinds of impaling, a knife in the eye, some arrow damage (wasn’t me), abundant blood splashes (CG but it worked) and more! You like your steak on the rare side? HAVE A BLAST!
ACTING
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Gerard Butler (King Leonidas) should be an A List actor by now! The man has the required chops, good looks and novel charisma to fit the bill Here was no exception. I totally believed that 300 men would follow this driven dude into the depths of hell. I know I would! Lena Headey (Queen Gorgo) brought strength and dignity to the role. She was quite the looker too! Dominic West (Theron) was ideal casting as the scumbag politician. I loved to loathe him. David Wenham (Dilios) handled himself admirably.
T & A
Needless to say that the ladies were blessed via this effort. You dig your buff shirtless dudes gals? HERE YA GO! They even get Gerard Butler’s butt! We dudes who love dames get a handful of titties with the lovely Lena Headey being one of the gracious donors.
DIRECTING
Zack Snyder went buck wild on this one, stepping up his visual aesthetics to FULL THROTTLE! He delivered a striking, dreamlike, slow motion/fast motion whoring, creative POV shots laced and morbidly gorgeous orgy of violence. Filled with dazzling locales communicated through arresting color schemes (somebody LIVED in Post-Prod for this film) and kinetic editing; Snyder’s 300 was a visual feast.
SOUNDTRACK
We get an enthralling and grandiose score that fit the scope/content of the film like Carmen Electra gracefully fitting two wieners in her mouth…at the same time! I also appreciated the occasional aggressive “heavy metal-ish” guitar riffs that kicked in. Good shite!
BOTTOM LINE
300 did it all and with panache, bold style and a big set of “couillons” too boot! It touched me and inspired me with its themes. It wowed me and gave inimitable goodies via its novel settings and totally out there eye candy. Finally, it got my blood pumping in overdrive with its aggressive demeanor, its furious battle scenes and its eager reveling in ample bloodshed. What else can one want! Sure, I could’ve done without the “Cantina”” rejects that stepped in here and there; but no big deal, I was able to get past them. So you in the mood for an outrageous and distinctive “man film” with heart, balls, thrills and, spills? Join this army and fight alongside these 300 crazy bastards! You won’t regret it. Well maybe you will…I’m not you…but I SURE DIDN’T! 300 ROCKED!
BULL'S EYE
The film was shot in 60 days, completely in Studio with green screens in Montreal, Canada.

Post production on the film took almost a year.

Montrealers will recognize some of its actors in this film. Marc Trottier (Decoys) and my bud Deke Richards (Deaden) being two of them.

VISIT THE 300 WEBSITE HERE

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1:22AM on 10/14/2008

Great the First View...

Shitty afterwards. I mean IT REALLY Sucked after the 2nd n 3rd viewing. Dont get me wrong, the only thing i DID like is Zack Snyders way of directing but the story, character, soundtrack, was completely boring and like a new popstar, FADED quickly. One Hit Wonder (as in see it once and thats IT)
Shitty afterwards. I mean IT REALLY Sucked after the 2nd n 3rd viewing. Dont get me wrong, the only thing i DID like is Zack Snyders way of directing but the story, character, soundtrack, was completely boring and like a new popstar, FADED quickly. One Hit Wonder (as in see it once and thats IT)
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2:45AM on 06/30/2007

Fantastic Movie

I really enjoyed that movie and sometimes visual effects were very close to reality. Cinematography is fantastic after "Lord of the rings" Make up and backrounds are outclass. I like it very much, But always kkep in mind that this movie is not based on true event from History it is only based on Frank Miller's Comic book, Thats the point where everyone go off the track, Hey guys it is not based on true event because in hostory this event was totally different and even most of characters were
I really enjoyed that movie and sometimes visual effects were very close to reality. Cinematography is fantastic after "Lord of the rings" Make up and backrounds are outclass. I like it very much, But always kkep in mind that this movie is not based on true event from History it is only based on Frank Miller's Comic book, Thats the point where everyone go off the track, Hey guys it is not based on true event because in hostory this event was totally different and even most of characters were completely different from movie. So if we count it only a movie then that was surely a Super hit movie with fantastic graphics and effects.

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