A story about 300 elite warriors taking on a greater army... Excellent fight scenes (but some were to long in slow-motion)
betrayal, lover, lust... it is all there.... The clothing were more focuses on titillation then historical accuracy...
Excellent story line. excellent acting..
time a bit short (116min)
Good action and quite blood thirsty.
It was unreal and it is like cartoons.
The narrating annoyed me, the storyline could have been improved.
However no doubts that the visual graphics and the acting was brilliant! I definitely enjoyed the battle scenes though they did go on for a bit too long.
I wouldn't watch it again, but in a way I'm glad I've seen it.
My brother fell asleep so he certainly was not captivated.
This stylized Greek world & battlefield has the typical Zac Snyder signature. The opposing forces though took on 2 distinct looks. The Spartans consisted of a stereotyped army of young males with CGI chests & abbs. The Persians, the villians of this movie, were more varied in their appearance. Xerxes was hideous as were some of his allied creatures, who were more suited to a mythological story like the Odyssey or Jason & the Argonauts, not a historic Greek battle. The battle scenes were well shot but overstaged. The acting performances were very passionate and saved the flick from total carnage .
A little bit heavily reliant on CGI, but entertaining none-the-less!
Unusual treatment of the movie - almost surreal in it's look but quite entertaining. Loosely based on history and very much up in the testosterone levels. The swordplay is very good - a great hack and slash movie but the storyline was left behind in favour of wierd looking creatures and excellent settings. Could have been better...
Oh my goodness what a thril to watch. Brilliant photography
Way too long, especially some of the battle/fight slo-mo stuff. Some of it definitely looked spectacular. The constantly changing weird accents were distracting and irritating. Could have done with a little less style and a bit more realism.
Not my favourite dvd, was hard to follow the storyline
Well made and just awesome to watch a fav. in our house and my husband watched it over and over many times. Great scenes and effects are awesome too.
Was not impressed with the amount blood
Too slick if that is possible. Seemed too computer generated to be very captivating.
Quite a good movie with plenty of action and gore! As a military history devotee, however, there was so much wrong with the story that it irked me. The Persians were totally misrepresented - especially Xerxes who would never have dressed the way they showed him in the film. Also, there was a bit of almost mysticism in the way the Persian army were represented. On the Spartan side, Leonides wife would not have acted the way she did especially as Sparta always had 2 kings - one at home and one with the army. The rest of Spartan society was represented pretty accurately. As a Scotsman, it was interesting to hear Leonides with a Scottish accent!
this is the funniest gay flick I have seen in ages.
oh, hang on. it's not a comedy and there's no man on man sex...but it is just seething with it.
you must see it.
even the gore isnt really gory. surreal.
trust me. I'm hard to please...
An Epic that shows the true depth of human will coupled with physical perfection and strength. A must see. 5 Stars *****
This movie is stunningly beatiful in it's visual imagery and this is in stark contrast with it's violent theme. Unique and interesting - I really enjoyed it.
This deserved the film critics' panning - in the end, boring. The blood was over the top, almost laughable. The original 300 Spartans was much better. This is "history" at its most spurious - at least in Lord of the Rings we know the story is a fairytale. David Wenham, you can do better than this.
3oo Spartans is just violence story nill.
You wouldn't have thought a film about ancient battles could be boring, but it can. "SPARTA!" Yes, yes, we heard you the first time...
One of my favourite movies ever - yes there is alot of fighting and blood, but it's the cinematography, colours and imagery that took my breath away. Visually stunning
so i cylce through 127 reviews to find it was'nt just me, looks like b grade flicks are still being made no story, lots of fighting blood and gore, if you dvd player gets stuck on the first fight scene you would never know, be weary as you can see some love it and quite a few don't
Amazing graphics, fantastic plot and sensational acting. I enjoyed every moment of this movie and story suggest to everyone to give this movie a whirl.
An awesome movie. Nice scenery, fantastic action (especially the slow motion killing bit) and good overall directing. Very good performance from Gerard Butler as King Leonidas and all the cast. It is nice to know that this battle took place once (even though must have been much different from this movie). "the world will know that few, stood against many". Brilliant
Entertaining from start to finish, with lots of blood and guts.
An interesting view of 'revisionist' history. Didn't read the 'book' - but 'facts' presented in the movie (Freedom, etc) DON'T accord with the Spartan behaviour of enslaving the Helots. Sure they did battle the invading Persians, but their overall behaviour(s) weren't what was presented in the movie. Certainly a different style of 'movie making' - which probably saved the Producers a great deal of expense in sets/costumes, etc. But all-in-all good 'escapism'.
Pretty cinematography, interesting aesthetic but ultimately a stinking pile of racist garbage given that it is an American war movie made during the second Iraq war.
This is THE greatest movie of all time, full stop.
Quality film with classic Snyder slo-mo.
A great movie - and the graphics will blow you away. Very enjoyable and certainly different considering it is telling a pretty basic story.
Crap. Not all all as good as it was made out to be. Totally made up computer generated garbage and OMG boring... yawn.
Loved the hot bodies. A little blodd thirsty but enjoyed the storyline and the actors
Well i thought it was good. not as great as i thought it would be but still good. maybe it's just not my kinda movie. it got better, for me, towards the end. but all thumbs up for the effects, they were stunning. loved the colouring of the film and the slow-mo filming. Worth the watch. Even just to say you've watched it. If there was a part two i'd watch that.
The previews did nothing for me as my taste in film styles is conservative. However I finally watched it by default and was absolutely blown away! There was no attempt to disguise this film as reality, it was unashamedly historical fantasy and what a fantasy it is! A deep love story, story of exceptional courage and loyalty, superb effects - the bar of the movie industry just rose higher. Last of all let's not forget all the wonderful eye candy for us ladies!
Great film, something completely different to what I normally watch (and enjoy). Highly recommended.
Clever special effectsand styling but it felt a bit like a stage production in the close scenes. I'm glad I didn't rush to it at the cinema, but it's an adequate DVD for a rainy idle day, I suppose.
What could have possessed me to select 300? I managed an hour, but all of the computer generated images of gory mayhem (arms, legs, heads hacked off, spears and swords slicing through soft rib cages, showers of bogus blood specks, etc.) repeated over and over with trivial variations, was enough. It was sort of like a Philip Glass composition of battle scenes. For me archaic butchery, digital enhancement of male physique and one dimensional testosterone loaded warriors isn’t entertainment or even very thought provoking! I agree with one critic’s assessment of 300 as “an overwrought, revved-up, and deeply silly symphony of clanging steel and spurting blood.”
I hated this movie. Yes, it was interesting visually (if you like blood splatter) but there is no story, no character development & it was boring. The guys' abs were nice to look at though.
Over-the-top sword and sandal epic that doesn't add anything to the genre other than giving it a different look. The story is as silly as in the past and the action sequences lack any tension.
It was exciting visually splendid but ...historically ,religiously and geographically inaccurate.Enjoyed it immensely!
Loved the look and feel of the whole movie epic and graphic greta to watch
Breathtaking visual effects, jaw-dropping action sequences and an abundance of impeccably sculpted abs just aren't enough to save 300 from its own absurdity. Nice to see David Wenham wielding a sword again though, and Lena Headey was an impressive presence.
In a word appalling.
Worst film I have seen. Bad acting, bad dialogue over the top violence.
A pimply faced 15 year old might enjoy the sex scenes!!!
Great movie, very bloodthirsty, but couldn't turn it off. Just so good
Another visually exciting (if so very over the top) filim of a comic. Truly very good. Nothing very historical about it except for the basic premise of the 300 Spartans stand (Spartan propaganda as that is). David Wenham does not convince I fear. But since we are Spartans we shall not fear! Unbelieveably hot men too (if that interests you) even so, all very manly stuff, nothing funny going on ere!
This movie was absolutely mind-blowing. I loved everything about it. Extremely well done in all areas. The action sequences, cotumes, set designs/locations, the acting and special effects... I have nothing bad to say about this movie.
Original is a better movie, but nothing beats the cinematography and choreography of the latest 300, better than any other movie I have ever seen and I have seen a lot. The script was good, acting good, but nothing compares to the visuals. Well done!
Great action, superb scenery and great cinematography: but an absolutely appalling script and plot.
If you're looking for a historic account of the famous Spartan 300 this is not the movie for you. But if you just want to be entertained, this is probably a bit better than just "worth watching". Comic book rendition of the gallant stand of 300 Spartan warriors who held back hordes of invading troops. It uses a muted colour palette and has a grainy quality with a continously overcast and brooding background. Lots of digital background effects, simplistic script and story, moderate gore. It loses momentum and doesn't quite deliver what starts out as very promising- otherwise I'd call it excellent.
This is so hard to rate - I don't know whether I love it or hate it! Stylistically akin to "Sin City" & little resemblance to "The 300 Spartans". This film DOES NOT purport to be a retelling of history & so granted scriptwriters considerable leverage in grafting fantasy on to historical events. Though telegraphed, the scriptwriters even demonstrated a knowledge of Plutarch (verbatim ancient quotes - come back on your shield etc). I guess there's only so many Persians that can be hacked to bits before it gets repetitive, so hence the war-rhino! Watch with tongue thrust firmly in cheek!
Great visuals, interesting story, fight scenes went for too long
That was easily the best movie Ive seen on that kind of subject. The battles, characters and plot were excellent. It was also very realistic in the way the battles were formulated, and the way in which the brutality and ultimate skill of the Spartan fighters was great.
I'll be exceptionally happy if I don't hear the word 'spartan' again for the rest of my life. yawn!
Great, bit more of a storyline would have been better.
Excellent movie, nothing like l expected
Great movie, bloodthirsty.
a bit slow, not as good as i expected.
I was a little uneasy about watching this movie, but the cinemaphotography was awesome and the storyline was so intriguing that the gruesome shots were overlooked. Great!
I enjoyed its historical content AND the mythological flavour........it brought my ancient history studies in high school to life......as well being visually exciting!
An interesting take on a classic ancient battle.
Not for the squeemish however. Lots of blood and amputations / decapitations
Good blokes movie with non stop action and heaps of fight scenes
A great epic full of graphic scenes, although not for the squirmish. The fighting scenes were incredible and the geography was excellent.
How wrong were some of the critics of this film? Obviously those belittling the fantastical nature don't understand the prupose of this movie. I was prepared to be disapponted, but this has great acting, special effects and a sound storyline. Wow - a must see for history fans.
i loved it even though it was a bit gory. my son loved it too
This is a stunning, briliant film. It's distinct stylised look reflects the graphic novel on which it was based, and gives the film a wonderful mythic appearance. A story for the ages, an epic battle - bravery and courage at its best. It's a celebration of manhood and all the very best that men are capable of - as well as a depiction of the worst they are capable of also. Just a glorious, bloody and unforgettable film.
Vibrant, original -- a bit single minded in its purpose (how many people can we kill in 100 minutes?) but at least it does it with flair. Made me feel horribly guilty about my non-sixpack.
300 was a spectaculat movie keeping you wrapped up in the action throughout the entire film. Visually stunning
Excellent movie, highly recommended
Style over substance. Looked great but was dull as dishwater. I only made it half way through this film.
Good action movie however lacked depth. Great gore!!
Surprisingly enjoyed this movie, especially since the swords and sandels genre isn't really my thing. Violent in parts, very stylistic cinematography and holds your attention even though there's not much to the storyline. Wife didn't enjoy it too much, so probably more of a guy's movie.
Brilliant movie,great graphics not for the squeamish
Loved this movie. Action packed and lots of blood. Slo-mo scenes reminiscent of the matrix, but no copy - has it's own style. 300 has it all as far as I'm concerned. Pity I didn't see it on the big screen.
If you want a no brains action movie go for it. If you want any sense of a real plot or even a slight bit of history about what might have happened then watch the original 300 spartans/Lion of sparta. I found the special effects to be fairly poor. The slow motion fighting bits suck. If your going to kill people just get on with it!
Only just watchable, but not by any means a good plot.
Found the movie weird, if thats what happen fair enough.
I liked it, but the rest of the family couldn't see what all the fuss was about when it first came out.
Ancient history finally made interesting! Always amusing in this type of film to hear the accents of the actors compared to who they are portraying. Why did they pick David Wenham to do so much talking? Not really a voice to suit the circumstances. The FX are really well done. Has a touch of Gladiator in the filming style. Interesting to see the Spartans fighting style.
I don't need to say much...everyone else has said it all...Best movie in it's genre...Loved it!!!
Not a great movie but reasonably entertaining. Lots of gore.
A lot of action. Very good story line. Would recommend this movie to anyone
Loved it! Am going out to buy a copy for keeping!
Really a clever adaption of a comic - it has elements of the surreal but is an inspiring movie with terrific cinematography & a powerful storyline
Tried (unconvincingly) to be inspiring. Ended up being visually impressive - at times indistinguishable from a great Manga - but as far as a complete film goes, it's pretty ordinary. How did the King of the Spartans end up with a Scottish accent?
Great cinematography but lacked the punch that Gladiator and Troy had
Plenty of vilence and buckets of "blood" but wooden performances matching the animation
Great! Our eyes were glued to the TV. Exciting and action packed. Not an indepth story line but enough to keep you interested, it was all about the action 100%.
Hubba hubba!!! WOW - at all those amazing bodies. Didn't have to think too hard but a great action film. Husband hated it.
Very entertaining story and the way it was shot didn't make it too graphic. Watching all those men in very few clothes didn't hurt the movie much either!!
Awesome story and wicked special effects and great 6 packs!! Very entertaining.
A fantastic movie. Awesome abs and an easy to follow story. Not normally a "blood & guts"movie person, but this was done so it was not over the top, but what you would expect from a Spartan soldier.....I can watch this over and over again!
This was quite bad movie. Don't bother
Proves thats aussies can make really good
movies once in a while
Brilliant!! Powerful production, directing, acting and computer graphics top rate.
not quite what i expected.
violent but very good cinematography
Interesting action movie. Very loosely based on true events.
Very bloody and graphic movie that some times is not bad in other movies, but since the rest of this movie was really bad it just made a bad movie worse!
We didn't like the way the movie seemed to have been reproduced by a computer after it was filmed. It was weird.
We had to watch Russell Crowe in Gladiator afterwards to make us forget the crap-ness of this movie!!!
Well worth a watch. Great moviesThe special effect were brilliant.
If you like a film that requires almost no thought or emotional attachment, then watch this! Macho wannabes and mindless dimwit's will love this film. "Yay lets watch real Spartans dressed in skimpy underwear who look exactly like the dudes from those Calvin Klein underwear commercials. Watch as they kill kill and kill! Wow real fun!"
Definitely a case of 'style over substance'. Although visually quite stunning, the acting is 'stagey' at best, most of the dialogue being shouted, and the story isn't fleshed out enough. It's basically one long bloodfest, not unlike a video game, and the way Leonidas et al dispatch their opponents reminds me of 'The Bride' seeing off 'The Crazy 88' in Kill Bill....but not as funny. We know virtually nothing about the main characters, except that they all seem to be very angry and shout most of the time! Takes itself far too seriously for it's own good. Maybe Tarantino would have done a better job with it!
Hated it... boring boring boring, so disjointed... I fell asleep!
The kids enjoyed this more than me. Expected alot more than what was delievered. The reviews made this look better than it was. I d say dont borrow it.
Uses history as an excuse for gratuitous violence
Not anywhere near as bad as I was expecting. Comic book stuff with so much splattering and squelching of fake blood that it's funny. Not sure about David Wenham and his voice in this one...
CG effects are awesome! Well done
Excellent - the ghost of John Milius rides!
Did not like the sepia style. Different flick.
Fairly gory and not a great story line.
a nice movie with heaps of blood splattering over the screen... not sure whether the story is based on real events in the past, but ist could be true (because xerxes is a real ancient person as i know from my latin and ancient greek classes in high-school)
love the tale and story of this movie
I just couldn't get through this although I tried three times. My 16 and 18 year old sons watched it through and were both very unimpressed. If you're just after some enjoyable light entertainment maybe give this one a miss.
Think: Graphic Novel in live action and you have the basis of 300. The awesome real life actors presented against the colourful and lush backdrops, combined with the compelling and intriguing storyline all work so well in this foray into the new genre of Film Graphois. This film has something for everyone - a storyline that is deeply embedded in legend and folklore, a romance to satisfy any romantic, battle scenes for the gore-loving film-goer, and a morality that will touch everyone. Don't miss out on this understated film.
The movie was a bit bloody alot of action, but good to watch.
The filming/ effects/ cinematography etc were good but the story was pretty boring and predictable.
... to die for your friends and countrymen, just inspiring
Digital films leave a lot to be desired.
Good excellent even just as well they never faced fifty aussies!
A bit hard to follow the plot was a bit disjointed and flicked around too much. Words were hard to understand and had to rely on subtitles.
Fab movie, great effects, interesting cinematography
oh my god!!!! this movie is a not to be missed!!! amazing beyond belief. made me have to check up on my history knowledge and learn about all the main characters
I assumed I would be seeing an historical epic, but instead ended up watching what is a live action comic/computer game. There are so many things I disliked about this movie I won't waste time by listing them. If you're over twelve give it a miss.
One of the most masculine movies ever made. May not appeal to all the ladies (apart from all the ripped blokes) but definitly one for any guys dvd collection. Some of the best CGI work I have seen. Fantastic fight sequences, great story.
completely and utterly appalling
gory movie with fiction characters makes this movie worth watching
Silly beyond belief. The special effects would have been great in a horror movie but not in something supposedly historical. From a historical perspective it was just a nonsense, from the weapons (some using gunpowder for heavens sake) to the "beast-men". May appeal to kids who have never opened a history book. A few script changes would have turned it into a reasonable comedy. Worst movie we've seen in 2007.
awsome movie if you like action blood and guts you will love this its wicked i recomend it to all see the mighty spartins kick persion butt
Very silly stuff, but so spirited and over-wrought that it's irresistable.
Awesome movie, well worth a watch
Comic Book style graphics very intense and dark, but worth a watch, special effects pretty good, if you are looking for a historical look at the story this is not the one for you.
Well I didn't like it at all but I couldn't even get past 30 mins, I was bored ... don't bother unless you love historical movies
Excellent story, brilliant effects
Where these actors financially strapped? why did they bother!
Hyper-real muscle fest with ab six packs aplenty. Cross between a movie and a violent video game. OK for the under 18's? but pretty hollow for the ancient demographic like me.
Well done, Loved the movie, am going to buy it!! Must see!! Good history lesson
Not for the faint of heart, this has a fair bit of blood and brutality, but anyone who has seen the trailer will know that.. Excellent movie
I loved this movie even though I had to have a quick ancient history lesson. Really worth watching.
Not as good as I thought it would be after listening and reading the reviews it got.
A mans movie, not as gory as it is portrayed to be.
Movie was reasonable, however the special effects were too much and as a result wrecked it, (when your cut or pierced by and arrow or decapitated, you bleed don't you, well not in this movie, well not much anyway, maybe a couple of drops). The story line was good, some of the facts were omitted or changed to suit the movie. I wouldn't rave about it.
Hilariously bad, but worth watching for a) computer generated ab's, and b) David Wenham's ridiculous accent.
It was foreign, excellent, loved it!!!
A sumptuous and stylised film unlike anything you've ever seen before. The images, music, sound, and costumes are awesome. It is a graphically violent thrill ride for the senses. If you have good surround sound, turn it up and feel the ground shake!
Well worth a watch. For once the hype has it right. The effects and the overall look of the film.....BRILLIANT!