300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray release 2014-6-24) tells the story of another hero, before, during and after the events of 300 (2007).  We also get to see how the villain transforms from normal human into a “god-king”.  This sequel elevates the visual style of the predecessor to a higher level, complemented by huge amounts of spurting blood (in CG I think, but I have not seen so much blood for a long while).  While still entertaining, this movie is not as good as the predecessor because of two things: 1. The new hero is not as fierce as the old one. 2. Certain parts of the plot do not seem to be entirely reasonable, especially if the politics of the previous movie is considered.

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