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A Review of The Movie 300 by Zack Snyder

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300 is a movie directed by Zack Snyder and based on true events that took place in the B.C. era. It primarily focuses on the Battle of Thermopylae, a very important battle during the Greco-Persian War which took place during the second Persian invasion of Greece. Essentially, the film is fixated on the invasion of the ambitious King Xerxes of Persia into Greece with his huge army to extend his vast slave empire is the year 480 B.C. He was put in a situation to fight King Leonidas of the Spartans, whose army consisted of only 300 men. The title itself represents the number of men that fought for the Spartans, most likely used as to emphasize the greatness of power that the Spartans had with such a small army.

Zack Snyder was known to include many visual effects within the film to enhance the experience for audiences as well as other qualities to emphasize the emotion of the film. For example, the entire film was shot indoors against a blue screen as opposed to being filmed in other locations. In addition, lighting for the movie was reversed to allow for faster and efficient filming devised by cinematographer Larry Fong. Because the backgrounds of the movie were added later, neither the actors nor the camera had to move for this aspect of the movie. The film was shot on a soundstage with a total of 1300 effects used throughout the film. Certain scenes that involved horses were quite complicated as some of the riders depicted in the film were forced ride the horses up to the edge of the blue screen and skit to a stop. In regards to the music, the score of the film consisted of haunting vocals, with a chorus that seems to be chanting in either Latin or Hebrew. The film is narrated by a Spartan soldier by the name of Dilios, who is voiced by David Wenham. The use of narration in this film elaborates on the importance of the battle and the events that led up to it, again focusing on emotion as well. Essentially, the movie received an R-rating with spurting showers of blood, multiple decapitations, and stylized violence.

Compared to a written source, the film definitely depicts the characters much differently, which is something that is very common throughout the movie. For instance, the Persian army was not composed of monsters in reality. In the film, many of the enemy soldiers are deliberately made to appear monstrous and non-human. Most of the battle scenes seem to be fabricated as the Spartans pay lip service to their proper formation, but abandon it for individual heroics at the earliest opportunity. There are many evident differences in Spartan motivation, the reason a small force was sent, Persian army size, chronology, and equipment. All these aspects are shown differently on the big screen compared to written sources.

Personally, I found this film to be excellent, one of the best ancient war depicted movie that I have ever seen. The use of visual effects and editing techniques has left many viewers, including, in awe. The film focuses more on the viewer’s emotion than reason due to these visual effects and is successful in conveying the main message of the film. I found the main message of the film to be accurate, that 300 Spartans were forced to fight against a much army of Persians, and even though each and every Spartan died in the end, they took many more Persians with them. The first time I saw this film, I felt as if I was actually back in that time period through the extensive and realistic use of visual effects. The film depicted lots of emotion as audiences will most definitely form a bond with King Leonidas and the Spartans. It is clear that this movie has multiple genres including action, adventure, fantasy and history. It shows the strength, loyalty, and courage of ancient Greeks against the Persians in 480 B.C. 

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