300 and Other Shows

Category: 300 News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: March 19, 2007 | Publication: What More Can You Throw At Me Blog | Author: Alvin Cheong
Publication/Article Link:What More Can You Throw At Me

I went to watch 300 last Saturday together with Kian Siong, Yong Siah, Zhenpan and Isaac. It was truly a great epic movie with great cast and effects.

Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious account of The Battle of Thermoplyae in which King Leonidas (Gerald Butler) and 300 spartans fought to death against King Xerxes 1 (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army of 1 million. Greece was thus united, with the sacrifice of the 300 Spartans, against the Persian army. While the Spartans were fighting at the Hot Gates, King Leonidas' wife Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) was rallying support from the council and countrymen, who felt that Leonidas was bringing war upon them, and cared nothing about democracy. They were finally united when Leonidas sent back the only Spartan from the field, Dilios (David Wenham) to narrate the story of the 300 Spartans to everyone in Greece, with a message to "Remember Us". The ending was of a massive rush of 40 000 soldiers (10 000 Spartans and 30 000 greek soldiers), led by Dilios "to victory". This is depicted as The Battle of Plataea.

The invasion by King Xerxes was a difficult one. 300 Spartans and 700 Arcadians held them off for more than 3 days in the Hot Gates and even defeated his elite force named The Immortals. The Spartans were only defeated when a deformed Spartan outcast named Ephialtes betrayed them by telling King Xerxes about a secret pass which could lead to the back of the Hot Gates. Ephialtes had wanted to honour and redeem his father's name by joining Leonidas' troops but was rejected as he could not wield a shield properly. Enraged, he decides to betray the Spartans in exchange for women, money, power and a "uniform" given by King Xerxes (who calls himself a God King and is very generous). I prefer to think of him as the gayish king.. lol...

Anway, this movie is a must watch and as Isaac puts it: "my head is still filled with memories of 300, the chant, the rant and the sounds of swords". Watch it if you liked Lord of the Rings. I certainly think this is the best epic ever since LOTR. 4 and half out of 5 stars.
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