Frank Miller’s sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones fame) plays Queen Gorgo. The huge army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the land, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong willed leader assembles a small army amounting of his best fighters and marches off to do battle. Though they have no hope of defeating Xerxes’ intimidating force, Leonidas’ men soldier on, resigned to letting it be known they will bow to no man but their king. Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the loyal Queen Gorgo attempts to convince both the skeptical council and the devious Theron (Dominic West) to send her husband more troops despite the fact that many view Leonidas’ unsanctioned war march as a serious transgression. As Xerxes’ fearsome “immortals” draw near, a few Greeks vow to assist the Spartans on the battlefield. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fell to the overwhelming Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, the fearless actions of the determined fighters inspired all of Greece to stand up against the Persian enemy and wage the battle that would ultimately defeat the Persians.
Rating: R (for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama
Director: Zack Snyder
In Theaters: May 9, 2007
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
From the very first moment, you can see the fantastic colors and the amazing visuals. I got hooked. I loved the way the film sped up and slowed down at certain key moments. It was stunning!!! There were moments where the music set in and shivers and adrenaline were running through my body.
The battle scenes were incredible. These scenes gave me the feeling of a choreographed dance of warriors. Beautiful to watch. Powerful, aesthetic and elegant. Yes, they were brutal but they still were amazing. And all this slowing down and speeding up makes these scenes more tense more beautiful. And you can feel the adrenaline rush of the warriors.
And in between these scenes there were this modern phrases like “we are in for a wild night.” Some could say they don’t fit into this movie. I loved it.
Gerard Butlers acting is absolutely powerful. It is full of passion, full of emotions (love, anger and so much more). You can see the fire burning inside of him, the sadness, the inner struggles, but also the dignity and the kindness of the King. His way of showing you his emotions through his eyes was amazing. I love when actors are able to express so much with their eyes without saying anything. And all the fantastic close-ups made these scenes perfect! But it was not only Gerard Butlers acting, but the other actors also performed extremely well. A perfect team and I got the feeling that all the actors are chosen because of the ability to be a team. For me it was an incredible cast.
This movie is more than an action movie for me. It’s about love, camaraderie, the defending of what they love, of what they believe in. It’s about the power not to give up but follow their destiny and to do what they think is right.
It’s a masterpiece of visual effects, color, sounds, soundtrack and the absolutely stunning performance of the actors.