It’s the action that some may find objectionable. The battle scenes, like the rest of the film, are highly stylized, and in their balletic nature almost mesmerizing to watch. But the countless number of vivid head and limb choppings, accompanied by copious amounts of spurting, gushing and dripping blood shown in slow- and stop-motion, get to be pretty mind-numbing after a while.
Some fans of the sword-and-sandal genre might be better entertained renting “Spartacus” or even “Jason and the Argonauts.” Both are more fun to watch, the latter with a heavy dose of fantasy, both leaving out the gratuitous gore.
Meanwhile, fans of “300,” buy your tickets. You'll be happy. Especially if you see it in 3-D and IMAX. This is rich visceral thrills and eye candy for you.
— Gene Triplett,
For The Oklahoman
‘300: Rise of an Empire’
R 1:42 2 1/2 stars
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, Jack O'Connell, Igal Naor. (Strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language)