gaming since 1997

300

When Xerxes and his Persian army is about to invade Europe, a messenger arrives in Sparta to request King Leonidas to bow for Xerxes and join his army in order to spare the violent death the Spartan society would otherwise undergo. Leonidas doesn’t agree with this of course and goes to the Oracle to request permission to go to war against the Persians, but the keepers have been bribed to deny permission. When Leonidas returns to Sparta, he cannot take the army, but instead he requests 300 volunteers to follow him into battle against the Persians.

Sound and Vision:
The image is very stylized and as such it almost looks like a comic book. Since the movie is based on Frank “Sin City” Miller this shouldn’t come as a surprise and it actually does look pretty good. Compression errors were absent in the version we saw but the style of the movie with a lot of dark lines (the comic book effect) makes that there’s some detail lacking. Still, this is intentional and not due to the transfer.

The soundtrack is quite impressive with good use of the subwoofer and surround speakers for the multitude of effects.

Extras:
– Audio commentary by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstadt and Larry Fong

Conclusion:
300 has a very simple story. 300 guys take on an army of hundreds of thousands and on the side there’s a small tale of betrayal present. Still, that isn’t a bad thing as this movie runs on style and not on content. If you want deep characters and an immersive storyline, you probably won’t like it, but if you want epic battles with lots of detail and slow-motion you’ll have a blast!

Our Score:
6.0

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