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The new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire promises blood, beefcake, and lots of slow motion

01.20.2014
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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE has the difficult time of following the Zack Snyder hit while also not being derivative of the filmmaker's style. One of Snyder's trademarks was the ramp up to slow motion which gave the first 300 a distinct visual look. But, in the years since it was released it seems that every filmmaker has used the trick to the point of wearing out it's welcome. Now, with the sequel hitting theaters without star Gerard Butler, can it deliver the same goods?

This third trailer for 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE takes the best elements from the first two trailers and combines it with the perfect lyrics of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs". We get glimpses at Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) both pre and post-God makeover, Eva Green spouting threats at the Greeks, Lena Headey going to war, and Sullivan Stapleton bringing it all together. Plus a lot of slow motion. No, seriously, I mean a lot. It almost looks like 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE was filmed exclusively at quarter speed.

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. “300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

I'll reserve judgement on 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE until I have seen it, but this trailer definitely gets the blood pumping with some excellent battle sequences. Eva Green has always been a personal favorite of mine, but the over-abundance of the slow motion in this trailer worries me that director Noam Murro is trying to copy Zack Snyder instead of tell a new story on the merits of the screenplay.

300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE hits theaters on March 7, 2014

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7:42PM on 01/20/2014
Honestly speaking, I think this might be coming out too late. It's hard to believe it, but 300 was 7 years ago and I think the style really has gotten very old very fast in the intervening time. It doesn't look terrible though and I'll still check it out but I couldn't get all that excited for this, apart from really wanting to see Eva Green and Lena Headey in the same film.
Honestly speaking, I think this might be coming out too late. It's hard to believe it, but 300 was 7 years ago and I think the style really has gotten very old very fast in the intervening time. It doesn't look terrible though and I'll still check it out but I couldn't get all that excited for this, apart from really wanting to see Eva Green and Lena Headey in the same film.
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6:53PM on 01/20/2014
Im pumped! I loved the original and hope that this one keeps the same style
Im pumped! I loved the original and hope that this one keeps the same style
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5:42PM on 01/20/2014
Starting to get amped for this one. But then, I'm a sucker for sword and sandal movies anyway.
Starting to get amped for this one. But then, I'm a sucker for sword and sandal movies anyway.
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4:19PM on 01/20/2014

Looking good

White/Mexican people playing Greeks/Persians, fierce women leading armies (Girl Power!), rock music score, and plenty of promise! The anticipation is killing me!
White/Mexican people playing Greeks/Persians, fierce women leading armies (Girl Power!), rock music score, and plenty of promise! The anticipation is killing me!
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4:12PM on 01/20/2014
I still have no idea if this one will be any good, but shit, I'll be damned if that trailer didn't get me hyped up about it!
I still have no idea if this one will be any good, but shit, I'll be damned if that trailer didn't get me hyped up about it!
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3:36PM on 01/20/2014
I actually like the Black Sabbath in a way. It's actually a very ironic song to play, considering its antiwar message, but it did remind me of the way the first movie's use of NIN in the trailers really hit a chord and helped build excitement for it. But I'm still on the fence about this one.
I actually like the Black Sabbath in a way. It's actually a very ironic song to play, considering its antiwar message, but it did remind me of the way the first movie's use of NIN in the trailers really hit a chord and helped build excitement for it. But I'm still on the fence about this one.
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2:51PM on 01/20/2014
This doesn't look half bad. I'll wait to see what the reviews look like before going. War pigs kinda ruined the trailer. I see a TV spot during football yesterday and it played a good part of the song and it made it look cheesy. Not that I don't like some Black Sabbath but I don't think normal music should be played in trailers.
This doesn't look half bad. I'll wait to see what the reviews look like before going. War pigs kinda ruined the trailer. I see a TV spot during football yesterday and it played a good part of the song and it made it look cheesy. Not that I don't like some Black Sabbath but I don't think normal music should be played in trailers.
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2:17PM on 01/20/2014

Anticipation building

The first time I heard there was gonna be a follow up to 300 I was expecting direct to DVD trash. The more I see of this flick, the more excited I get. I have to say that I am looking forward to seeing how this stacks up.
The first time I heard there was gonna be a follow up to 300 I was expecting direct to DVD trash. The more I see of this flick, the more excited I get. I have to say that I am looking forward to seeing how this stacks up.
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1:50PM on 01/20/2014
"One of Snyder's trademarks was the ramp up to slow motion which gave the first 300 a distinct visual look. But, in the years since it was released it seems that every filmmaker has used the trick to the point of wearing out it's welcome."
Snyder used slow motion a ton of times in his films, more than any other filmmaker, and it was damn annoying.
"One of Snyder's trademarks was the ramp up to slow motion which gave the first 300 a distinct visual look. But, in the years since it was released it seems that every filmmaker has used the trick to the point of wearing out it's welcome."
Snyder used slow motion a ton of times in his films, more than any other filmmaker, and it was damn annoying.
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