Five Things to Watch For in the 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Trailer

If you were a fan of 2006’s 300, the story finally continues in 300: Rise of an Empire, and it’s almost here! That is, if you don’t think March 7, 2014 is too far away.

300 director Zach Snyder, who has gone on to direct Watchmen and the revitalized Man of Steel, has screenwriting credits, but doesn’t direct this one – obviously busy working on the Man of Steel sequel. That’s usually a good thing. Keeping a creative team intact doesn’t ensure a successful sequel, but it does provide a chance for continuity of tone and story.

For some, it might be a case of too little, too late, as eight years is quite a stretch for any sequel. Will fans be reenergized? Will critics care? We’ll know soon enough, but for now, the creative team has given us a cool trailer to dissect.

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Here are five things to watch for.

1. We Pick Up Right Where We Left Off

Things didn’t go well for our heroes at the end of the first film. Thankfully, the movie picks up from that climatic moment. It’s been nearly eight years, so here’s hoping for a nice primer that’s welcoming for new audiences, yet still engaging for those of us who have seen 300 on late night cable dozens of times.

2. It’s Chock Full of Action

If the movie’s as action-packed as the trailer suggests, audiences are going to have a blast watching this sequel. It’s classic 300 imagery with blood, slow motion fights and a plethora of delicious visual cues. If nothing else, this trailer looks like a worthy successor to the original. The original 300 became famous for its actors diet that took construction workers and turned them into ripped macho men with tight six pack abs. From the looks of the trailer, they did it again.

3. King Leonidas’s Wife is Back

One of the more interesting parts about the first film was the relationship between King Leonidas – Gerard Butler – and Lena Headey’s character, Queen Gorgo. It’s a relationship that’s more a partnership than a traditional marriage circa 480 BC, and Heady’s Queen Gorgo presented a strong female character worth watching. The trailer suggests she’ll have an even bigger role this time.

4. The Special Effects are Just as Awesome

Almost immediately, the trailer drenches you in a gorgeously dark palette. It’s like watching a Classical painting come to life. While the special effects were indeed impressive back in 2006, 300: Rise of an Empire should benefit from new advancements in CGI.

5. Plot May Not be the Only Point

Watching the trailer, you get the sense there’s very little story at work, but with 300, story didn’t exactly reign supreme. The film was about character and narrative drive; in short, a pure cinematic experience. In two minutes, we get the major players, though it all plays out almost like a visual tone poem. 300 has always been about the visuals anyway.

Story construction aside, Snyder and company are looking for audiences interesting in getting some bang for their buck. If 300: Rise of an Empire won’t capture the full glory of the first movie, it should at least be a lot of fun to watch.

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