‘300: Rise of an Empire’ Trailer #3: High Stakes & Slow Motion

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 1:15 pm,

If recent swords-and-shields action flick The Legend of Hercules starring That Bro Vampire from Twilight failed to satisfy your appetite for war, then there’s some salvation still to come between now and the return of Game of Thrones in April. Noam Murro’s sidequel 300: Rise of an Empire arrives in theaters this spring, promising to recapture some of the magic of Zack Snyder’s much-quoted, much-parodied 2006 hit 300.

What the trailers so far have been lacking is a bit of Black Sabbath to spice things up, but luckily the latest trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire fixes that by sending Themistocles and his men into combat to the sound of “War Pigs.” It’s a little jarring at first but it works, and while 300: Rise of an Empire still doesn’t quite look ready to rival Snyder’s original film, there’s some cool cinematography going on and the promise of some decent action scenes.

The casting for 300: Rise of an Empire isn’t too shabby either, with Game of ThronesLena Headey reprising her role as Queen Gorgo and Rodrigo Santoro back once again as the opulent god-king Xerxes. With Gerard Butler’s King Leonidas out of the picture, Sullivan Stapleton is the new angry bearded warrior, Themistocles, who is charged with defending Athens from ruin. Hoping to bring that ruin is Eva Green as the vengeful war queen Artemisia, who takes Xerxes’ side in the Persian invasion of Greece.

300 Rise of an Empire Athens will burn Xerxes poster 300: Rise of an Empire Trailer #3: High Stakes & Slow Motion

300: Rise of an Empire takes place approximately at the same time as 300¬†and covers the Battle of Artemisium, a naval engagement between Themistocles and Artemisia. Unlike the recklessly brave suicide mission of 300, Themistocles’ battles marked a turning in the tide of the Greco-Persian war, with two armies that were rather more evenly matched.

While perhaps not summer blockbuster material, 300: Rise of an Empire looks at the very least like a fun spring action movie, and it has a solid enough cast to help it find an audience. Let the battle cries begin.


300: Rise of an Empire opens in U.S. theaters on March 7, 2014.

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  1. This movie shouldn’t exist in the first place but I hope its good. So far it just seems like a cheap knock off of what made the first 300 great.

    • Actually, this deals with the other battle that occurred. How is it a “cheap knock off” if they’re just continuing to tell the story based on historical facts? There’s enough to make another sequel actually. Would that be even more of a knock off? This movie shouldn’t exist? Good thing you had no say in making this movie.

      • All it is is recreating scenes, structure, scope and aesthetic of the original. Just more spartans doing crazy things and giant battles. Its not really doing anything new. I’m definitely watching it, but based on what has been shown I am not convinced this will be good. Opinions.

        • Athenians bro….. not Spartans lol.

  2. Without Zack Snyder at the helm, it won’t be anything more than a “300” hopeful.

    BUT I WILL see this just for Lena Heady AND Eva Green.

    • Two really good reasons, same here.

      • ^5

        Right on.

        Not a bad way to kill a couple of hours.

    • Yes… Been a fan of Eva Green since Casino Royale… I always thought that she prolly did the best job of any bond-girl in history.

      I am also a fan of Sullivan Stapleton from Strike Back (and Gangster Squad). This movie should be entertaining if nothing else, but I can’t deny that I have a small belief that it might be better than people expect.

      • Best Bond girl in history ? What about Denise Richards as Dr Christmas Jones ?

    • Understand this, the story of the 300 Spartans was told already. This is the Athenian naval battle that took place. The “300” title is merely for marketing and familiarity. This is just another battle in the overall war. It’s annoying how most people still don’t understand these movies are based on historical events. “A 300 hopeful.” The Athenians were just as outnumbered as the Spartans. I wish ignorance were painful.

      • ^^
        ” I wish ignorance were painful. ”

        Those oxycontin pills must REALLY be getting to you.

  3. the Sabbath track sounds great with this trailer

    • i think it’s Black Sabbath sounds familiar

    • Yeah, Sabbath’s “War Pigs” goes well with the footage and subject matter.

      Snyder did something similar with the second “Sucker Punch” trailer and used the Led Zeppelin track “When The Levee Breaks” to great effect.

      Although I would NEVER put Black Sabbath in the same room as the IMMORTAL Led Zeppelin.

      They are only similar in that they are in the hard/heavy rock band category of the 70’s and both were 4 piece units.

      • funny you say that i was thinking Led Zepplin ha, i don’t listen to rock but i have come across this track while going through my vinyl catalogue

          • I don’t care what anybody says, I loved Sucker Punch and I love Emily Browning.

          • sweet…i love the drum intro, makes me want to see this movie now is it good?

            i want to hear Hells Bells as the intro to the Daredevil Netflix series ha

            • Its good if you want hot girls fighting crazy things in crazy places. And the action is mindblowing but thats a given considering its a Zack Snyder film. It gets a lot of hate but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

  4. I’m even more pumped now, for sole purpose of War Pigs!!

    Only if they were to put Amon Amarth in the Thor 2 or Vikings Season 2 trailer.

    • HA, well if you want to use an Amon Amarth song for a movie trailer, could be Thor OR LOTR.

      However, I don’t think the wide, general audience will completely identify with Amon Amarth!

        • Hey, man…that rocks!

          So there’s ALREADY a THOR trailer with Amon Amarth.

          That was REALLY good. The song, the shredding, matched the pacing and editing of the trailer.

          “Twilight Of The Thunder God.” How perfect is that?

          Thanks for the links, bro.

  5. Movie looks worth a watch; the song does not fit, though.

  6. Yes Yes! Bring it on!

  7. Couple of big “ifs” but…

    IF this movie does well and IF this guy replicates Zack Snyders visual style better than the other imitators have and IF WB is building a DCCU…

    If all those ifs aren’t ifs but in fact facts, don’t be surprised if Noam Murro ends up directing in the DCCU.

    • Also, I think the movie looks great, I will be seeing it in theaters.
      For my money Zack Snyder is one of the best visceral film makers working today.
      I know he didn’t direct this, but you can see his fingerprints all over it. It looks gorgeous as always.

      F the haters.

  8. Why does every site keep reporting that the original 300 came out in 2006? It came out in March of 2007.