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Films to See Before You Die: #75 300


300 (2007)

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro

Synopsis: The ambitious King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) of Persia, has invaded Greece in an attempt to expand his slave empire of over a million. He sends a messenger to Sparta to offer peace with King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), only Xerxes version of peace requires Leonidas kneel before him and pledge to fight for him. Being Spartan Leonidas kills the messenger and decides to march for Thermopylae with only 300 men to meet Xerxes and his army head on. In Sparta he leaves his wife Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) to fight for support of her husband with the Senators led by Theron (Dominic West). In what was supposed to be an easy defeat for Xerxes turns out to be a nightmare as the Leonidas and his fearless 300 won’t go down without a fight.

Trivia: When he was a child, Frank Miller saw the Rudolph Mate film The 300 Spartans, with Richard Egan as King Leonidas, and was deeply affected by it. He has explained that the film altered his perception of the ‘Hero’ concept insofar as he came to realize that the hero didn’t always win and that sometimes, to be a hero, one must sacrifice oneself. Ever since he saw the movie, he has been fascinated with Thermopylae.

Why I think you should see this: 300 set the standard for slow motion action scenes which started with the Matrix. This movie also looks amazing and you could swear you were watching a graphic novel. Gerard Butler does an amazing  job in his star making role as the courageous King Leonidas. I definitely recommend this to any action junkie out there.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

3 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #75 300

  1. The graphics on this film were over the top the plot out of this world. I didn’t move the entire time I was at the theatre

  2. Fantastic movie. David Wenham is an Aussie and probably my favourite actor from down-under along with Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech). Yeah, fantastic movie. Kim*

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