The very eagerly awaited movie which hit the screens in Bangalore last Friday and I definitely wanted to watch it before most of the city did.

I am an avid fan of the Sin City movie which, like 300, is based on the graphic novels by Frank Miller. 300 is a fictionalized version of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC. There have been a lot of versions of this with another movie called 300 Spartans also made some time ago.

I am absolutely in awe and fascinated by the comic book style of picturization that's been done in Sin City and now in 300.

The movie is the tale of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler, remember Lara Croft, the movie ?) and his 300 Spartans who fight against the million strong Persian army of the invader Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) without the approval and support of the Spartan Council.

The movie is visually stunning and definitely needs to be watched for that alone. The colours, the use of light and darkness, the shots are all absolutely eye candy. Story ? Well, simple enough story like I mentioned, the King Leonidas, against the directions of the Oracle and without the support of the council believes he must fight Xerxes even if it is with only 300 men by his side. Lots of attention is paid to the battle itself and that could only be the reason you have an empty feeling when you are done with the movie. The only other track in the movie is the Queen Gorgo (Lena Heady) trying to convince the council in Sparta to support the 300 Spartans by sending out the army.

The actions scenes are Gladiator-meets-Matrix-meets-Sin City with a lot of gore, in matrix style bullet time action and a comic book look. Brilliant visuals like I keep mentioning especially the bleak landscapes, the battle scenes. A lot of blue screen shooting, a lot of detailing, a lot of hard work from the cast to develop those warrior like sculpted bodies goes to show all the effort that has gone into the movie, for which it is definitely worth a watch. The soundtracks are really nice and if in an action movie you actually notice the soundtrack then you can imagine how good the tracks by Tyler Bates are. No wonder the movie has made quite some money worldwide.

Like the tag line says- Prepare for Glory!


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