The epic movie on TV tonight: “300 – Rise of an Empire“Tuesday 21 June 2022 at 21 on 20 Mediaset (Canale 20)
300 – Rise of an Empire (300: Rise of an Empire) is a 2014 film directed by Noam Murro with Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro and Lena Headey.
The film is a parallel story to that of 300 by Zack Snyder from 2007 and is partly inspired by the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller.
The new protagonists are Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green in the roles of the Athenian Temistocles and Queen Artemisia. Most of the film focuses on the battles of Cape Artemisius and Salamis, the former taking place on the same three days as the Battle of Thermopylae, and the latter a month later. In addition, the character of Xerxes (played again by Rodrigo Santoro) has a larger role than in the first film: the second chapter outlines his past, his “transformation” from man to divinity on earth and the reasons that led him to declare war to Greece.
The film was released in US cinemas, also in 3D and inIMAX format, starting from 7 March 2014, while in Italy, on the other hand, it was brought forward by one day, namely 6 March. Criticism for the film has been mixed, but in return the film has achieved a good box office, exceeding 337 million dollars.
|“This is Sparta!”||“This is Sparta!”|
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In Marathon, during the First Persian War, the Athenian soldier and strategist Temistocles manages to earn the glory of the army by killing the Persian king Darius I, father of Xerxes I. The queen of Caria, Artemisia I, originally from Greece and ally of Xerxes, therefore convinces the latter to take his revenge and then sends him on a long and hard journey in order to train him to bring down Themistocles. Eventually, Xerxes finds in a cave the source of water that gives him the likeness of a god-king, completely different from his previous appearance and character.
Ten years after the battle of Marathon, Themistocles, now general of the Athenian army, makes the decision to go to Sparta to ask for help from Queen Gorgo, wife of King Leonidas, in order to defeat the Persian army once and for all, but the woman refuses and sends him away. Themistocles is therefore forced to face the Persians, commanded by Artemisia herself, in the open sea with the Athenians alone. Thanks to a friend and ally of his sent on enemy ships to discover their plans, Themistocles manages to devise a plan that leads him to two consecutive victories against the enemy army and fleet.
At this point, Artemisia is determined to have Themistocles on her side and, after having invited him to her ship, she decides to give herself to him in exchange for his loyalty to the Persians. The Athenian general, however, does not yield to her seductions and, although he has sexual intercourse with her, he does not submit to her command, increasing the thirst for revenge that the woman has for some time nurtured towards the Greeks. This thirst for revenge began when her parents were killed at the hands of the Greek hoplites. Later, she was taken on a slave ship and forced to have sex with Greeks. Her life changed when her best Persian swordsman saw her half dead in a street and trained her.
The next day, Artemisia challenges the Greeks with a multitude of Persian ships and sets fire to the Greek fleet, setting fire to the boat on which Themistocles was. However, he still manages to save himself. Meanwhile, Leonidas I, king of Sparta, is killed during the battle of Thermopylae along with his 300 soldiers, for which Themistocles returns again to Queen Gorgo, destroyed by the death of her husband, to beg her help, but, once again , she refuses. Xerxes, passing on horseback on the battlefield, to take revenge for the scarring immediately decapitates Leonidas and takes his head as a trophy to Athens, while the city burns. Later, the deformed Spartan soldier Ephialtes, a traitor to his homeland and now in league with Xerxes, introduces himself to Themistocles, who announces that his king intends to ask for their surrender. However, Themistocles sends him back to declare war on the Persians once again and, during the conversation between Ephialtes and Xerxes, Artemisia discovers that the Greek general is not as dead as she believed.
Themistocles then prepares his forces for the last battle against the Persians, in which he has a hand-to-hand fight with Artemisia. At the end of the duel, Themistocles asks the woman to surrender so that she has her life saved from her, but she tries to hit him with the sword instead; this will result in her death as she will be pierced and killed. Finally, the Spartan fleet arrives, led by Queen Gorgo alongside General Delios, a faithful ally of Leonidas, who gives an inevitable turn to the battle.
Direction by Noam Murro
With Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro and Lena Headey