Sunday, March 11, 2007

"Madness? This is Sparta!"

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By Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Tiernan, Andrew Pleavin, Tyrone Benskin, Mercedes Leggett, Jere Gillis, Greg Kramer (II), Dylan Smith, Tom Wisdom, Patrick Sabongui, Marcel Jeannin, Neil Napier, Marcello Bezina, Robert Maillet
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Put "Braveheart", "Kill Bill", and "Zatoichi" in a blender with the setting at INSANE, and what you pour out would be the first blockbuster of 2007. "300" is as exciting and fun as the trailers and promotions depicted, in all it's guts and glory (literally). Gerald Butler ("The Phantom of the Opera") leads the cast as King Leonidas I, leading his 300 Spartans against the million-plus Persian army with impossible odds and sheer heart and determination. Despite somewhat off-tangent subplots with Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) back at the Spartan kingdom, the real strength of the movie lies in its battle sequences with such style and glamor, that you feel you are in the comic book it was based upon. Don't miss the witty movie quotes either. It's quite fun!

On a personal note, there was a scene in the movie where the antagonist offers everything to the protagonist if he surrenders. It quickly brought to my mind the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11, where Satan offers the Son of God the world if he would bow before him. It occurred to me, how much are we willing to sacrifice and resist? Not for us but for our God? No doubt will it be a lifetime fight to the finish.

Bottom Line: Visually glorious in every way.

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