History becomes a vulgar spectacle in this ultraviolent actioner about the second Persian invasion of Greece and the Battle of Artemisium. An Athenian general (Sullivan Stapleton) leads his muscle-bound countrymen against an evil king (Rodrigo Santoro) and the vast army led by his buxom second in command (Eva Green), a foul temptress with a murderous streak. The slow-motion battle scenes are technically impressive and occasionally elegant, but there's enough machismo here to choke a thousand NFL locker rooms; thank cowriters Zack Snyder (who directed the original 300) and Kurt Johnstand for the rampant homophobia and chauvinism. In one scene Green and Stapleton meet to discuss a possible truce but wind up trying to out-fuck each other in a display of carnal superiority; she eventually succumbs to his, uh, will. Noam Murro directed.
Director: Noam Murro
Producer: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Bernie Goldmann, Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O'Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Igal Naor, Andrew Pleavin, Peter Mensah, Ben Turner, Ashraf Barhom and Christopher Sciueref