|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Andrew Pleavin, Dominic West, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Regan, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Tiernan, Tom Wisdom|
|Collections:||100 Swords and Sandals Films, Battlefield Films, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Comic Book Heroes on DVD, Ezio's Top 10, Fighting Films, Lights Camera Action!, Once Upon a Time|
|1hr 51 mins||15|
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|Run time:||1 hour 51 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Gerard Butler is sent to save Sparta in this sword and sandals epic.
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superbBy williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 25 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]this film is superb, and my 12 year old son loved it.
it is spring in 480 B.C. Persian King Xerxes, continuing his father, Darius', master plan to conquer the Hellenic city-states, arrives in Hellas.
The previous Persian invasion, and diplomatic attempts have already turned most northern Hellas tribes and states to the Persian side. But the people of Athens and Sparta, the largest Hellenic powers at the time, feel quite insulted by the Persian emissaries requesting their surrender to Xerxes and slay them.
In Sparta, King Leonidas consults the local oracle, which gives two options: either a spartan king will have to be sacrificed or Sparta will be burned to the ground.
A year earlier in 481 B.C. a panhellenic consortium of all southern city-states, have already recognized the superiority of the spartan army, (the best organized and trained army at the time) and have announced King Leonidas supreme commander of the combined Hellenic army.
It is then decided that a small force should block Xerxes' way to southern Hellas in the Thermopylae passage.This passage was at that time 12 metres wide.
The great historian Herodotus, possibly exaggerating, states that there were 1700000 Persians, against 7000 Hellenic hoplites and slaves, including the 300 men of the spartan king elite guard.
King Xerxes waited for 4 days for the Hellenes to be frightened and eventually surrender and was quite astonished by his opponents complete apathy who were following their daily program practicing and making their hair!
After that Xerxes tried to convince Leonidas to drop weapons, give up his position, kneel before him and live on as a local governor under Xerxes. King Leonidas replied 'molon lave', which means 'Come and get them'.
Then the 3 days battle began with the 300 Spartans, and 700 thespians, (the other Hellenes where sent by Leonidas to protect passages to their flanks), slaying thousands of Persians with minimal losses.
The whole Persian campaign would have failed, if the Efialtes had not showed Xerxes a secret passage to the Hellenic flanks.
After a final battle lead by king Xerxes himself, the Hellenic force was completely slain, and their heroism and glory was written forever in history.
From the beginning of the battle, the Hellenes buried their dead in the spot in which they fell.
The impact of the battle was enormous for both sides.
The Persians' morale dropped to zero, and the Hellenes lost their fear for the Persian conqueror, and organized their defense.
After several successful battles, the Hellenes ultimately defeated the Persian army, and repelled their invasion in the Battle of plataea in 479 BC.
well worth watching.
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Winning mentality and no back door!!!By a customer , 15 Dec 2013Winning mentality and no back door!!! amazing scenes. frightened by the evil imaged enemies, but in Spartans eyes, no fear at all!
Designer-gore that goes nowhereBy Myspin (6 reviews) , 15 Nov 2013Warriors in designer leather briefs and satin capes slicing and dicing in a computer-generated landscape. Pretensions of a coherent moral purpose fail miserably. Style and sophisticated gore but little else.
What aload of rubbishBy exy (3 reviews) , 03 Nov 2013What a load of nonsense. If you like fantasy it might be for you BUT if you know any history and want some degree of accuracy its not for you.
Visually Stunning EpicBy a customer , 04 Oct 2013Fantastic re-imagining of the Sparta legends. It draws the viewer in from the very start and holds the attention to the very end. Butler is great as the Bold Leonidas who takes orders from no man - except his lovely Queen Gorgo, Lena Hedey. A treat for the eyes.
These men eat Yorkie barsBy TheWatchman (755 reviews) from Suburbia , 02 Sep 2013If youre thinking of watching 300 then be prepare for some of the manliest macho men ever to move their muscles. Its an action movie. Im almost tempted to say it would probably be enjoyed by men only if it wasnt for the fact that numerous female friends of mine also love it (only for completely different reasons). If youre a guy, youll love the epic (and uber-cool) stylised fight scenes. If youre a girl well, there are numerous men who dont wear that many clothes and make me feel terribly inadequate. Its about those unsung cinematic bad-guys the Persians. They only decide to pick a fight with Greece (or, the Spartans, to be precise). But Sparta despite boasting how they train their men to fight from birth have suddenly discovered their sensitive side and refuse to fight. But, luckily, they have a semi-Scottish king (Gerard Butler) who is well up for a scrap any time, anywhere. And so he leads 300 of his finest drinking buddies and promises them death or glory (or just death, but they dont seem to care). What follows is nearly an hour and a half of some of the most stylish violence even committed to the silver screen. And its enormous fun silly fun, but still enormous fun. The whole film (despite originally having some roots in an ancient Greek legend), was based on a comic book. If this did ever happen (and some say it did), I doubt the Spartans were faced with mutant rhinos, giants, ninjas, wizards and time-travelling cyborgs from the future (I might have made that last one up). However, this is an action film and who cares about factual accuracies here? This film is not realistic and its not meant to be. Its meant to be fun. And it is. Enjoy for SPARTA!