Now this was a real guilty pleasure.The poster does not lie, the film is a tsunami of blood.But thats not why I walked into it.I have come to regard CGI heavy sandals and swords sagas with suspicion.The real reason was Eva Green.I am a fan, ever since she electrified the screen in Bernardo Bertolluchi’ s incest and politics infused film The Dreamers.She has played a bond girl with aplomb in Casino Royale and is certainly on the great femme-fatales of our age.
Now back to the gore and the film.The first 300 film was directed by the prodigious Zack Snyder who has a great feel for CGI infused storytelling, the modern classic Watchmen being a case in point.He does not direct this time but is the co screenwriter.the direction is by a relative unknown Noam Murro who passed up the chance to direct the last edition of Die Hard and what a wise choose it was.Here he based on Synders first epic film and his current screenplay he is able to mount an epic sinewy and completely bloody film that uses body parts being hacked in slow motion in an almost operatic way.
He casts actors who have made their mark in TV series of great merit and puts Eva Green at the centre of the action.To say that hers is a fearless performance would not be unfair, but she should not expect an Oscar nomination for this one.Its all about her ability to make ridiculous situations enjoyable and her heavy-duty sex scene with Sullivan Stapleton is not even the best thing about the film.
This is a clearly a franchise and it seems to be getting bloodier and sexier.Did I describe the plot? No, I did not,that would be a waste of time and detract from the fun of this mindless ride.The film is a collection of great set pieces which work very well individually and very tight editing saves the film from becoming a bloody headache.Mr Murro cheerfully primes us to lower our exceptions and enjoy the scenery.The film looked great from a “male gaze” point of view.I am wondering what the ladies out there will make out of this one!