300 (2006, USA) C-117m. SCOPE *** D: Zack Snyder. Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Pleavin, Stephen McHattie. Stylish, visually magnificent war movie with fantasy and horror elements. Based on a comic book by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, this action extravaganza deals with 300 Spartans circa 480 BC, who are led by their king Leonidas into a battle against thousands of Persians led by Xerxes. A passionate, moving tale about valor and bravery, spiced up with terrific battle sequences. From the director the DAWN OF THE DEAD remake. Same historic battle filmed before as THE 300 SPARTANS (1962).

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