Short Takes: 300: Rise of an Empire, RoboCop, The Wind Rises

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300: Rise of an Empire- An unnecessary sequel to an unnecessary graphic novel adaptation. 300: Rise of an Empire didn’t have a lot to live up to and was much better off for it.  How many macho action flicks feature a female character who is so in control and more fully clothed than male eye candy?

Eva Green’s villainous military commander aside, this is the same slow-motion bloodbath that the original was.  The movie’s visual tint doesn’t save the bland, uninspired action sequences and the relentlessly stupid dialogue and story. Had they followed through on the (dare I say?) feminist undertones of Green’s character and given her an actual arc, this may have been a much more interesting movie. Grade: D+

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