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300: Rise Of An Empire
300: Rise Of An Empire “Breathtakingly visual and gritty with
  swords clashing heroically in the fight
  for glory as the Greeks take on the
  might of the Persian Empire in a bloody
  and desperate battle in the follow-up
  to the 2007 box office hit 300, the
  fantastic and compulsive blockbuster
  movie, the 300: Rise Of An Empire
..
.”

WITH THE DEATH OF THE PERSIAN KING DARIUS (Igal Naor: Ambassadors), his son Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro: The Last Stand) inherits his crown and so begins a struggle for dominance over the Greeks.

At Xerxes' side is the vengeful Artemisia (Eva Green: Dark Shadows), the Greek-born commander of the Persian fleet, who as a child witnessed her family murdered by Greeks from a neighbouring state at whose hands she suffered enslavement and years of violent abuse.

Rescued by Persians and now with a deep-rooted hatred of the Greeks, Artemisia gathers priests, wizards and mystics together to support Persia and sees Xerxes through an initiation to become a God-king, a being so evil that he is lost to himself. He and Artemisia plan the total annihilation of the Greeks and are determined that nothing will stand in their way.

“A fantastic swords and
sorcery epic
that seamlessly merges
Greek and Persian
myth and legend
with historical fact,
300: Rise Of An Empire
surges spectacularly
into an enthralling all-out
battle for the future
of the world...”
The ominous words of the Oracle stand as a warning to the Greeks: Sparta will fall. All of Greece will fall. And when the mighty Spartan army is decimated and their king killed in hand-to-hand combat with the Persians, the grieving Spartan Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey: Game of Thrones) refuses to join the heroic Athenian general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton: Gangster Squad) as he strives to protect Greece.

With the benefit of advice from his closest friend Aeskylos (Hans Matheson: The Christmas Candle) and Scyllias (Callan Mulvey: Zero Dark Thirty) whose son Calisto (rising star Jack O'Connell: Starred Up) is, against his father's wishes, desperate to fight Themistokles prepares for an all-out battle with the Persians.

Embracing wholeheartedly a seemingly-impossible task, Themistokles throws himself into a confrontation on the sea with an enemy of far superior strength; his only hope his strategic battle plans and a prayer for a united Greek force that includes the indomitable Spartans…

A fantastic swords and sorcery epic that seamlessly merges Greek and Persian myth and legend with historical fact, 300: Rise Of An Empire surges spectacularly into an enthralling all-out battle for the future of the world. Sustained sequences of stylised gory violence throughout, a sex scene, some female nudity and occasional language some may find offensive. The rousing music is especially well-matched to and enhances the film, including the title song War Pig, a really great track from the brilliant Black Sabbath.

The action-packed 300: Rise Of An Empire also features: David Wenham (Better Man) as Dilios; Andrew Tiernan (Ripper Street) as Ephialtes; and Andrew Pleavin (The Borgias) as Daxos.

Music is by Junkie XL; Director of Photography is Simon Duggan, ACS; Costumes Designed by Alexandra Byrne; Adapted from the Screenplay by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, based on Frank Miller's Graphic Novel Xerxes; Produced by Bernie Goldmann; Producer is Zack Snyder (Man of Steel; Watchmen), who teams up with up-and-coming Director Noam Murro to create a dramatic and explosive battle in the same visually-stunning style as the original hit 300.

* Two warring nations fight for glory on a raging sea as 300: Rise Of An Empire is released in the UK on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and DVD on 29 September 2014. Running Time: 103 Minutes.

Special Features The 300 Effect: 3 Days In Hell; Brutal Artistry; A New Breed of Hero; Taking the Battle To The Sea | Real Leaders & Legends | Women Warriors | Savage Warships | Becoming A Warrior.

"A fantastic swords and sorcery epic that seamlessly merges Greek and Persian myth and legend with historical fact, 300: Rise Of An Empire surges spectacularly into an enthralling all-out battle for the future of the world"
Maggie Woods