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Film: “300: Rise of an Empire” (2014)

I hadn’t been too bothered to go and see the new “300” film, but I’m pleased I did. I only watched the original “300” some time after the event, and found it fairly uninteresting, though its impact in the creation of similar blokey gorefest films and TV series hasn’t gone unnoticed.

300_Rise_of_an_EmpireUnusually, “300: Rise of an empire” serves as both a prequel, sequel and accompanying story to “300”, the events of the latter playing out off-screen during the film. It gives much more depth to the film, a bigger picture than “300” painted. It follows the career of (decidedly Aussie) Greek general and master tactician Thermistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), starting from the moment he became a legend, killing the king of the oncoming Persian army (father of God-King Xerxes).

On the flip-side we get to see the making of Xerxes (sexy Rodrigo Santoro), from grieving son to re-made, supernatural golden God. This also introduces the main antagonist to Thermistocles, the devastating beauty and commander of the Navy, Artimicia (Eva Green). We are narrated through the back story by the dependably brilliant Lena Headey, reprising her role as Queen Gorgo of the Spartans in role that it too small, but she owns every minute of screentime. Continue reading

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Film: “The Purge” (2013)

JESUS CHRIST, how did this happen? Such was my reaction at several points during this absolute turd of a film. I had gone in there with practically zero knowledge of the plot, assuming it was something to do with vampires or zombies as most things are these days. If only!

“The Purge” tells the story (oddly classified by Wikipedia as science-fiction) of the USA in 2022, when some past crisis led the government to designate 12 hours a year in which any crime is legal. We’re repeatedly told that it was necessary in order to save the country, and it helps people vent. As a result, unemployment and crime are way down and the economy is in good form. Apparently people just kill the homeless, the sick and other drains on society (the film producers?) and the country as a whole benefits.

So within 1 minute a totally ludicrous concept is presented. We meet our family: father Ethan Hawke, mother Lena Headey (aka her off Game of Thrones) and two faceless children I can only assume were competition winners. None of them particularly likeable, except Lena in the vague way I usually like her. Continue reading

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