300 , the movie - A review

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The tag line reads ' They were 300 men against a million' . That is as much needed to understand the movie. Based on historic events and the famous comic series by Frank Miller, 300 (directed by Zack Snyder) is a retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae, which took place in 480 B.C. 300 soldiers under the command of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) of Sparta held out against a large Persian force led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) knowing they are fighting a losing battle. Battle of Thermopylae is seen as a legend of heroism and is attributed to have led the world to democracy.

Keeping true to Fran Miller's graphic style, Snyder has tried to merge both the mediums of comics and moving pictures into a seamless whole to a great degree of success. One thing is clear from this fusion experiment that you may either hate the movie, or fall in love with it. Either way, you give a lot of credit to director Snyder for bringing forward such strong views from the heart. So the movie is worth a visit. Rolling Stone magazine sums up best when it says that "300 is a movie blood-drunk on its own artful excess. Guys of all ages and sexes won't be able to resist it."

Catch the movie at a PVR from 16th March, 2007 (today).


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