Movie Review: 300

Written by David Desjardins
Published March 10, 2007

Every few years, a sci-fi/fantasy film comes along that changes every thing; the rules, how films are made, our expectations, the industry, the whole enchilada. In 1968, the release of 2001 set it all off. 1975 gave birth to the summer blockbuster with teeth when Jaws scared the living crap out of its audience. In 1977, Star Wars rewrote the concept of sci-fi movies and the world's culture was changed forever.

Then in 1986, a sequel to a movie about a stowaway alien was taken to the next level with a commando of marines wiped out, leaving a woman and her flame thrower and an assault rifle. She took on a 15-foot tall alien queen and her army of drones in order to save a little girl and audiences in the theaters stood up in Super Bowl glee, cheering like mad raging fans when the bay door opened and Ripley stepped out with her yellow loader. With Aliens James Cameron re-wrote the "us vs. them" alien theme and created the first tough-as-nails heroine. That alone was a revolution that merited Sigourney Weaver the front cover of Time magazine.

But Cameron would come back a few years later, proving that with an astronomically insane budget (for the time) of 100 million dollars, one could make a special effects driven movie and still have a superb story to boot. And he also managed with great directorial skill to actually make Arnold Schwarzenegger semi-funny. With Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Cameron created a rift in cinema. Film buffs can now tell simply by looking at a movie's special effects, that the movie is either pre-T2 or post-T2. After T2 things changed. Movies like Jurassic Park were now possible. And the string of disaster movies that followed were also made possible. You can thank James Cameron's vision for this.

Then in 1999 the mother of all cinematic culture shocks took place when The Matrix gave birth to the third millennium. The Wachowskis simply tossed the book out of the window and inspired themselves from so many other sources it's hard to point to a sure source; but one thing is certain — The Matrix changed it all. Special effects were completely innovative. The storytelling was unheard of in mainstream cinema. The visuals were unparalleled. The philosophical complexity is still perplexing philosophers of all kinds to this day. The lay masses were prepared for some flashy, wire-fu, gunslinging, fast-talking coolness, but what we got was something that changed our culture forever.

It was time for the next step, the next bounding leap to the next level. There have been some contenders. The shoulda-coulda-beens, like the Sin City blunder. Or even the Lord of the Rings trilogy – which I affectionately call the Bored of the Ring trilogy – which was nothing more than a big bucks production of a not so interesting book which replayed variations of the same fringing score over and over again.

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Dave works in the IT industry despite his better judgment. He’s an artist at heart with a critical mind. He enjoys photography more than he could ever express. Dave feels a need to tweak his brain with copious amounts of taurine to stay sharp while absorbing all kinds of media on any medium. He runs two blogs The End of Dave and Postcards from The End (a photoblog)
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Movie Review: 300
Published: March 10, 2007
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#1 — March 11, 2007 @ 12:41PM — Michael J. West [URL]

Certainly it's the best film of the 21st Century so far, if one considers cool beheadings to be the criterion for judgement.

#2 — March 11, 2007 @ 20:54PM — DAVE ID [URL]

Well 300 is a great movie, but just this year alone, Children of Men is still #1 in my book and I doubt anything will knock it down.

#3 — March 13, 2007 @ 04:41AM — Sodagar

It is a proven scholarly fact that the Persian Empire in 480 B.C was the most magnificent and civilized empire. Established by the Cyrus the great, the writer of the first human right declaration, Persians ruled over significant portions of Greater Iran, the east modern Afghanistan and beyond into central Asia; in the north and west all of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), the upper Balkans peninsula (Thrace), and most of the Black Sea coastal regions; in the west and southwest the territories of modern Iraq, northern Saudi-Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, all significant population centers of ancient Egypt and as far west as portions of Libya. Having twenty nations under control, encompassing approximately 7.5 million square kilometers, unquestionably the Achaemenid Empire was territorially the largest empire of classical antiquity.

Based on the Zoroastrian doctrine, it was the strong emphasis on honesty and integrity that gave the ancient Persians credibility to rule the world, even in the eyes of the people belonging to the conquered nations (Herodotus, mid 5th century B.C). Truth for the sake of truth, was the universal motto and the very core of the Persian culture that was followed not only by the great kings, but even the ordinary Persians made it a point to adhere to this code of conduct.

We did not expect Warner Bros. Picture company, as one of the world's largest producers of film and television entertainment to ignore the proven obvious historical facts, and damage its own reputation by showing the Persian army at the battle of Thermopylae as some monstrous savages, and thus create an atmosphere of public mistrust in its content, and hurt the national pride of the millions of Persians while doing so.

While announcing our disgust at such a heresy, we demand an immediate historical review and quick apology from the responsible people.

#4 — March 26, 2007 @ 07:01AM — Malac

Sodagar, you're kidding, right?

This movie never claims to be historically accurate, so asking for a historical review is, quite frankly, a waste of time.

It sure is fun to watch people make such fools out of themselves though.

#5 — April 2, 2007 @ 12:59PM — Laleh [URL]

Here is a documentary truth of Cyrus the great king of Persia, Please see this so that you judge the truth better.

#6 — May 22, 2007 @ 09:41AM — Evil Iranian

"This movie never claims to be historically accurate, so asking for a historical review is, quite frankly, a waste of time."

Does the movie claim to be historically inaccurate?
You forget that this is based on real people and events of history and frankly as an Iranian I am not bothered whether we lose or win, rather it is the depiction that troubles me. (Our king is shown as a gay!)

Art for the sake of art! Truth for the sake of truth! Freedom for the sake of freedom! you will notice that some of these examples and others can not coexist! Should we lie in order to entertain!?
Is morality above pleasure or not? and many other questions that need to be answered philosophically.

People (majority) who argue that 300 is just a movie based on comics, have little understanding of reality of current world affairs and little understanding of responsibility and implications of our every single action. There is nothing sacred but pleasure for them and if it means to lie and slander a nation then so be it.

This backward mentality is a direct effect of liberalism and destroying morality. Ironically it is the very aim of this movie to generate such feelings as honour and courage among people who have almost totally lost touch with spirituality and God, who know nothing other than this material world.

Finally as an Iranian I tell you that we are Shia Muslims (mostly), and Islam is against nationalism and ancestor worship, placing the element of unity solely on belief. Brother is one who holds the same principles and values sacred and enemy is one who defiles and opposes them.

The situation is extremely black and white and there is nothing grey! Only when an individual holds no particular view on an issue he can be considered to be standing in the shade, the truth is that the moment people believe in something they are already either black(false) or white(true).

Perhaps the future clash between US and Iran will enlighten people of earth.

Have nice dream

و عدو الهم مستطعتم من قوه

#7 — September 24, 2007 @ 22:40PM — respected movie-watcher

First of all... Best movie ever...
Second of all... LOTR is fukin amazing shit and if you dont have the patience to enjoy something as sweet as that than your definately never going to enjoy many arts in life. lighten up

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