300 (2007)

Director:  Zack Snyder 
Cast:  Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham
Plot:  Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Genre:  Action / Fantasy / War
Awards:  - 
Runtime:  117min 
Rating:  M18 for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.

IN RETROSPECT (Short Review)
With CGI technology, filmmakers can make anything happen. Most of the time, they go very wrong, but at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have excellent CGI-driven films. Zack Snyder's latest offering is close to the latter. 300 is a film that exceeds my expectations, even though I'm not an admirable fan of CGI. 

Highly entertaining, and loud, it's the reason people go to the cinemas. However, 300 is targeted towards a specific group - young male adults. Whether it succeeds boils down to these devotees. If it does withstand the test of time, it will become a cult classic. 300 holds enough promise to fulfill both titles. 

There are numerous criticism leveled towards 300 for its 'evil' portrayal of the Persians (or Iranians). But the film doesn't gain from being political, or anti-racial. People should remember that it's merely an adaption from another medium. It's not created to hurt anyone. 

Squeamish viewers should avoid this film though, as it's violent and gory (with decapitations, and dislocated limbs), but all are computerized like some video game. 300 stays faithful to the original graphic novel by Frank Miller; the images are organically grainy, and have a certain authentic touch to them. 

One aspect the film lacks is emotion. While it explores themes like glory, courage, and loyalty, it does not fully convey feelings of ecstasy, and sorrow vividly. Ending the film the 'Gladiatoresque' way looks cliche, but it works. In a nutshell, 300 seriously packs a solid punch.


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