300: Rise of an Empire

Don’t call it a comeback, Sparta has been here for years. Abs flexing, motion slowing, blood splattering. This trailer is everything we were promised from 300: Rise of an Empire, at least based on the pedigree established by Zack Snyder’s first film. This time around it’s directed by Noam Murro, whose only directorial credit was the intelligent Sundance-debuting comedy Smart People. I enjoyed that film a great deal in 2008. This, however, is a CGI-designed horse of a different color. The good news? It looks exactly like 300

Lets watch the trailer for 300: Rise of An Empire:

As you can see the story picks up sometime after the events of 300, showing a Greek general by the name of Themistokles, played by Sullivan Stapleton. Eva Green joins forces with Rodrigo Santoro’s Xerxes as he tries to continue his conquest of Greece. Lean Headey is back as Gerard Butler’s widow, David Wenham returns as the guy with the eye patch. I’ll be honest, not a lot of the plot of 300 is coming back to me. They all died, right?

It looks like plenty of people do the same in this film. If producer Snyder, creative director Frank Miller and newcomer Murro can deliver something just familiar enough to be exciting and just new enough to be interesting, there’s no reason why 300: Rise of An Empire won’t find an audience, as the first film did.

300: Rise of an Empire is due in theaters March 7, 2014.

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