300 the Movie

In: Film and Music

Submitted By jlcarlis
Words 418
Pages 2
300 tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Persians, under the rule of King Xerxes, have already taken over some of the Greece city-states, and now threaten Sparta and Athens. King Leonidas of Sparta is left with two options: he will either have to sacrifice himself for the well-being of Sparta or watch it burn to the ground. The plot revolves around King Leonidas played by Gerard Butler, who leads his best 300 Spartans into battle. One of my favorite lines in the film is from King Leonidas. He is approach by a Persian messenger with an offer from King Xerxes to surrender. Leonidas rejects the offer and yells "This is Spartans" before killing the messenger. At that moment I truly connected with the character King Leonidas. Leonidas plan is to form a human shield in order to block the narrow passage of Thermopylae where King Xerxes intends to use in order to invaded Hellas (all so known as Greece). King Xerxes leads a Army of well over 170,000 men to Greece. Leonidas and his 300 are only accompanied by a few hundreds Arcadians. Out numbered King Leonidas still hold his ground and confronts King Xerxes and his army. Xerxes waited for a few days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw, but he didn't. Leonidas and his men taunted Xerxes. Killing his messengers and provoking and forcing the king to strike. Wave after wave of Xerxes men fell at the hands of the Spartans. For days the Persians fleet suffer in great loses, falling from 170,000 to about 100,000. It became apparent to Xerxes that numbers didn't account for anything. However, the Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd named Ephialtes, played by Andrew Tiernan, is a born citizen of Spartan. Reject from the Spartan Army, he begs Leonidas to fight with him against the Persians in order to regain his family's honor, but he is rejected yet again. He gets his…...

Similar Documents

300 Movie

...300 Jonathan Hewitt ENG 225 Cicely Denean-Cobb October 2, 2012 The film I have chosen to do my critique on is Zack Snyder’s 300. 300 is a film about King Leonidas, the King of Sparta, and his 300 Spartan warriors who all stood up against the God-king Xerxes and his massive Persian army from annihilation. After watching the film very closely for my critique I believe there is a serious underlying theme that everyone has the right to be free and sometimes you have to stand up and make sacrifices to keep your freedom. Standing up for freedom is never an easy task as shown in 300 but, everyone deserves to be free. In discussing the storytelling, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, style and directing, the impact of society on the film, genre, a formalist approach to analysis, and the overall textual theme of 300 I will attempt to back up my belief. Storytelling 300’s narrative structure is the first-person point of view of Dilios, a Spartan solider under the command of King Leonidas. The film is presented in chronological order and takes place in Sparta and Thermopylae, Greece. The major conflict in the film is that the Persian army has come to Sparta and requests their submission or will kill them and enslave their women and children. King Leonidas makes the decision to stand up to the Persians but; is not allowed to go to war with the Xerxes, the Persian God-king, because the Ephors deny him the right. The Ephors are later found out to be traitors. Unfortunately,...

Words: 2763 - Pages: 12

Fate in the Movie 300

...Fate and the movie 300 According to many past and present cultures, fate determines one's destiny. The social status in which one is born into serves as a preconceived prophecy of that particular life and course of events that will take place throughout it. Throughout history, personalities have not been believed to form from particular life experiences or the culture in which one was raised in. Instead, personality traits and the ultimate success of life were thought to be set in stone and predetermined. Often known as the first historian, Herodotus, author of The History, displays the importance of genetics and inborn qualities through his in depth narratives of 5th century B.C. empires: the Persians, Egyptians, and Scythians. As the majority of members in this time era believed, one's entire identity was already established at birth. Identity was formed at the hands of fate which served as a self-fulfilling prophecy, foreshadowing people's traits, interests, and actions, causing this predicted identity to in fact, become true in the future. The famous story of “Cyrus the Great” provides a clear example of how and why certain characteristics of one's identity were believed to be genetic and formed from nature instead of nurture. In this particular story, Astyages, newfound Median king, had two strange dreams about his daughter Mandane which the Magi (dream interpreters) prophesied as an end to his rule. In Astyages' first dream, he saw Mandane “making water so greatly......

Words: 1883 - Pages: 8

The Movie "300" - Facts and Ficition

...The explosive movie “300” garners a wide range of praise and criticism from fans and critics alike. The overall movie stays true to the real-life story of the battle of Thermopylae and even has minor details depicted accurately, but it also leaves out major parts of the story. This contradiction of historical accuracy is the main reason for critics to give the movie a thumbs down. However, most of the fiction involved in the movie is pretty obvious and not meant to be taken literally, which, therefore, allows the viewer to enjoy the movie for its visual appeal and not necessarily for its historical teachings. In the end, the opinion of the movie is based on personal preference, but it is still worth mentioning some of the fiction involved in the movie and some of the factual depictions. Before the historical accuracy is discussed, a little information is needed. The movie “300” is an American historical action film made in 2007 and directed by Frank Miller. The movie is based off the graphic novel by the same name and has Gerard Butler in the starring role as the king of the Spartans, King Leonidas. The plot of “300” tells the story of King Leonidas as he leads 300 Spartan warriors in the battle of Thermopylae. This battle took place in 480 BC between a group of allied Greek soldiers, led by the 300 Spartan warriors, and the invading Persian army. Leonidas is only allowed to take 300 soldiers due to religious customs in Sparta going on at the......

Words: 1473 - Pages: 6

Movie

...Metaphor for Telling It has been countless years since I have watched a movie about Native Americans, and even longer since I have witnessed a decent one. Most films on the subject of the Native American people are often set in the past and are habitually on the subject of brave Indian warriors. I had never viewed a Native American motion picture filmed in a present day setting, dealing with contemporary issues until I watched Smoke Signals. In the movie Smoke Signals, co-producer and scriptwriter Sherman Alexie uses unexpected humor, numerous significant flashbacks, and modernized Native American storytelling traditions to best narrate his story and the historical plight of Native Americans. First of all, Alexie employs wit by mocking stereotypical reservation life, the frequently biased film industry, and even his own people, the Native Americans. From the opening scene as tribal meteorologist and traffic reporter Lester Falls Apart covers his seemingly uneventful daily traffic report, as he has for the last twenty-six years, from the rooftop of his broken down KREZ van, we are introduced to the odd and amusing way of life on the “rez.” In another scene, Victor and Thomas are embarking on their solemn journey and are offered a ride by Thelma and Lucy driving down the road in reverse; again, it is suggested that they exist in a somewhat backwards nation. In addition, Alexie is quick to taunt the movie industry by belittling white cowboy heroes; he even goes so far......

Words: 1048 - Pages: 5

300 Movie

...Sami Masri Dr. Knapp HUM 160-003 2/23/10 Assignment 2 In the beginning of this scene there are several effects that are used to magnetically drawthe viewer into the scenario. The sound effects to this scene are defining because there is practically no sound here except for a very tinny, eerie and foreboding wind sound. This shows the importance of Leonides’s decision and how much is at stake upon it. The fate of Sparta rests upon this decision. It is the most dramatic moment in the movie and the one with the most tension. Will the freedom and individuality of the Greeks be left intact? Or will he sell Sparta out to the Persian army? If he chooses for the Greeks, all the warriors will surely perish, if he chooses to join with Zurkzies, all freedom and individuality will be lost. The camera zooms in on Leonides face at eye level and the viewer is immediately drawn to his eyes. You can see the intensity of the moment through his gleaming eyes as if he is deep in thought. The scene then changes to a childhood flashback. He is shown during his warrior training preparedto fight a wolf. This is almost cryptic for Leonides as it could be construed as his life flashing before him,before he sacrifices his life. The camera then looks downward at Leonides as he looks up to the sky in search of the heavens and sees two seagulls circling around his warriors. This can again be construed as foreshadowing the fate of the Spartans. The camera view snaps to a close up of......

Words: 359 - Pages: 2

Horror Movie

...Trend of Horror Movie in Malaysia. Abstract This research is about the trend of horror movie in Malaysian cinema industry. This study will show why movie that were produced in Malaysia diverting to horror comedy genre. This study also will show that why demand of horror comedy genre increased. The objective to know whether this movie genre are giving impact on Malaysian social economy and to know to what extent of the trend of horror film. The research will be done by using survey techniques and will be given to 100 participants among the student population in UiTM Shah Alam. This study will show that horror comedy genre demand are more than horror genre. 1.Introduction In my opinion, horror film is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, alarm, and dread for the audience. These films are often unsettling and rely on scaring the audience through a portrayal of their worst fears and nightmares. Horror films usually center on the arrival of an evil force, person, or event. Horror film may become as an adventures to some people. This is because the film may play with the viewer emotions. According to Danielle Braff on his article about Movies may cause special effects on the body, he stated that the people who are fascinated by horror movies tend to be the same people who love to sky-dive, go rock climbing and try extreme skiing adventures. The horror genre allows them the opportunity to experience events and people......

Words: 4908 - Pages: 20

Movie

...SAB 110: Substance Abuse Overview Professional Term/ Concept Application Movie/Book Assignment Directions: Use this form to review your book/movie. You will then apply 5 professional terms/ concepts to the movie or book that you chose. You can type your answers below, behind each section of information that you must provide. To get credit, you must use this form to submit your work. To get credit, you must also list the names of each of the 5 professional concepts/ terms that you chose and must give a detailed example of how each of those 5 terms/ concepts was demonstrated in the movie or book. To get credit you must use professional concepts/ terms from your course text. You must write in complete sentences and with good grammar to get full credit. Your Name: Deitra Crompton Date: 10.07.2014 Name of the Book or Movie That You Selected: Goodfellas Brief description of the plot, especially as it is relevant to substance abuse (2-3 paragraphs) This film views the mob lives of three pivotal figures in the 1960's and 70's New York. Henry Hill is a local boy turned gangster in a neighborhood full of the roughest and toughest. Tommy Devito is a pure bred gangster, who turns out to be Henry's best friend. Jimmy Conway puts the two of them together, and runs some of the biggest hijacks and burglaries the town has ever seen. After an extended jail sentence, Henry must sneak around the back of the local mob boss, Paulie Cicero, to live the life of luxury......

Words: 814 - Pages: 4

300 Review

...Tyler Faldet Extra Credit: Film Review Assignment Professor Debauche 11/12/2012 300 Review Over the weekend I happened to rent a few movies to watch with friends at my home back in Iola Wisconsin. I also had hopes that one of them would give me a lot of information, along with motivation, to write a review on using the different concepts that we have talked about in class. So way back in 2007 the American film 300, directed by Zack Snyder, and staring popular film stars such as Gerald Butler, and Lena Headey, brought millions and millions of mainly young and old men to the theaters. I personally remembered when it came out because everyone at school was talking about how amazing it was and quoting some of the lines from the film. And even with its popularity, I never did get the opportunity to watch the film, until this weekend. The General Plot of the movie is narrated by a Spartan soldier Dillios, who narrates the story from king leonidas's boy hood through the sacrifice of the 300 Greek Spartan soldiers, which sparked the war against the advancing Persian "immortals". Previous knowledge of the movie from what I had heard from others who had seen it was that it is a war movie based on a true Greek story many hundreds of years ago. Soon into the movie I realized it was completely different from what I had envisioned it would be in my mind going in. This difference was definitely for the better and my expectations were completely blown away. The whole style......

Words: 675 - Pages: 3

A Movie

...cited all sources from which I used language, ideas and information, whether quoted verbatim or paraphrased, and that any and all assistance of any kind, which I received while producing this paper, has been acknowledged in the References section.  This paper includes no trademarked material, logos, or images from the Internet, which I do not have written permission to include.  I further agree that my name typed on the line below is intended to have, and shall have the same validity as my handwritten signature.   Student's signature (name typed here is equivalent to a signature):  _Keisha Coleman__________________________     ___ Adulthood and Life Transitions The movie that I chose to view from a from a biological, cognitive, and psychosocial perspective was “Autumn in New York. The main characters of the movie were Will (Richard Gere) and Charlotte(Winona Ryder. They were two people that live life opposite of each other. Will is middle-aged man who manipulated woman and feels he needs to be in control of every relationship. Charlotte is twenty two woman who lived life full of happiness and joy because she did not what to expect in her life because of her heart condition she had. As they the two were connected their views of life changed and the both were in love with each other. Will who thought he could manipulate every relationship was not capable to do that with his relationship with Charlotte. When she explained to him about her heart condition he could of......

Words: 1125 - Pages: 5

Movie

...be a major topic in life, coming-of-age will be as well. For centuries, teens have been misunderstood by their families. They don't understand our thought process or why we even thought that way in the first place. That's when great writers and great producers came together to make films surrounding that. The coming-of-age films were most popular in the 80s--coincidentally while the fashion was also very out there and misunderstood. Personally, a movie that stood out the most in the Generation X era, was American Pie. Though it was very comedic, it's very relatable. The film focused on a group of teenage boys attempting to lose their innocence, but also shows the main character's parents constantly trying to "fix" him. As a viewer, you are immediately on the main character's side. Throughout the movie, his father is always trying to piece in on his life. The father feels that he knows exactly what the teen is experiencing because of him unexpectedly walking in on an unusual sexual act the teen was committing. Throughout the movie, he is giving him tips on sex and tries to "rectify" his "situation," when nothing the father is offering is necessary. The main character was trying to have actual sex and since he had a hard time doing so, at times, he'd use inanimate objects in replace of an actual human being. As teens "came of age," based off of previous experience, parents understood that that was the time that they should have "the talk." Realistically, that represented......

Words: 427 - Pages: 2

Movie

...panicky side of the youngsters. The main characters Moon, Ah Lung, Ah Ping and Susan in the movie represent the problem youth in the society. The monologue of Moon at the very beginning unveils the failure of educational system in Hong Kong. As an exam-oriented society, elites with good academic results are highly praised but for those cannot obtain high marks are doomed to failure. Moon being the later one leaves school at the early stage and winds up being a gangster. However, students who go to school are not free from problems associated. Fruit Chan in the movies shows the evil side of students, there is a scene which a group of secondary students bully ah Lung in the public toilet in order to feel a sense of superiority. Also, Susan in the movie are unable to manage pressure and bad times in her life, she finally resorts suicide in order to escape from the reality. The leave of Moon’s parent, the unconsciousness of Susan’s teacher and a driver for her death, connotatively show the reaction of adult on the youth problem, they choose dodging rather than facing up to it. The marks-based society creates a new generation with high marks but low emotional quality, Fruit Chan has depicted the youth problem in an humanistic angle, awakened the society on the flaws about the current educational system and the lack of support for teens in the society. Another local problem shown in the movie is the grass-rooted problem in HK. In Made in Hong Kong, the replacement of glamorous......

Words: 1283 - Pages: 6

300 the Movie

...Scavenger Hunt Eng 202 Where is my office located, and what is the phone number? Milwaukee Campus Main 378 What percentage of your final course grade does the drama unit essay earn? 15% How do I keep track of “attendance” in an online course? By the assignment completion Where will you find the most up-to-date information about course assignments? On Blackboard What is Course Messages? Place to see any messages from the instructor Where in Bb do you find your grades for this course? Under the my grades heading Is every assignment really worth the same 100 points? Explain how final course grades are calculated using the 100 point per assignment system. Yes. Final course grades are possible points out of 100 pts. Which MATC academic service can help you with your writing? How do you find them? Writing Center. Select Academic services across the top of Bb then select need a tutor. Consider the information in the Student Support section of Bb. This is not exclusively part of our course, but it is information available to all students logged in to Bb. Describe what you find there. What do you find there that you find particularly useful? In the student support section you’ll find online learning, blackboard help, academic support. I think I’ll most benefit from the blackboard help. I have being having a little trouble navigating through since the update, so I’m hoping there’s really something there that can make things a little easier for me. Consider the......

Words: 326 - Pages: 2

A Movie

...1300 layouts of films contain the cut of camera work, camera speed and space relation between characters and backgrounds; it gives me an insight of the process of animation making. Hence, I would like to comprehend more about the film produced by animation powerhouse-Studio Ghibli, especially the masterpiece-“Spirited Away”, which helps to promote Japanese animation to worldwide audience. “Spirited Away” is an animated film written and directed by the director of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki (Cavallaro 2004) in 2001, which have won awards in a number of international film festivals, including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Festival (Reider 2005), and become the top-grossing movie in Japanese history. In the following, the film’s themes based on the plot, use of photography and camera angle and aesthetic symbols and motifs will be analyzed throughout the essay to understand the key of success of this fantasy adventure film, which was set in a traditional Japanese bathhouse. A. Overview of “Spirited Away” The story begins with Chihiro, a spoiled ten years old girl and her families accidentally enter a spirit world and she is warned by a young boy-Haku to leave here before sunset while wandering off into the park. However, it is too late that her parents have already transformed into pigs by the curse of without asking permission to eat......

Words: 2272 - Pages: 10

The 300

...I would like to start off with the title of the movie “300.” The fact that movie insinuates that there were 300 Spartans that went up against 300,000 Persians is not 100 percent true in itself. In the film it is omitted that the Spartans were also accompanied at Thermopylae by as stated by Herodotus in his Histories - “500' (men) 'from Tegea, 500 from Mantinea, 120 from Orchomenus in Arcadia ... from Corinth there were 400, from Philus 200, and from Mycenae 80. In addition to these troops from the Pelopennese, there were the Boeotian contingents of 700 from Thespiae and 400 from Thebes. The Locrians of Opus and the Phocians had also obeyed the call to arms, the former sending all they had, the latter one thousand.” I think the reason it was made to look like just 300 men took on an army of 300,000 Persians and was almost successful, because this was a Hollywood movie and 300 vs 300,000 sounds that more dramatic and interesting. Another thing that I noticed is that the movie never really established why Xerxes has set out on this massive conquest in the first place in the film. The Ionian revolt is not mentioned at all and neither is the First Persian War which is strange in the fact that some aspect of background is usually incorporated into a film as to give the viewer a more in depth understanding of the nature of the film and its themes. Personally, I assumed he was trying to expand the Persian Empire. However this is fairly understandable as the film can be perceived as......

Words: 746 - Pages: 3

300 Spartans Movie

...n light of Frank Miller's latest sensible novel, Xerxes and told in the staggering visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new section of the epic saga makes the move to another battle zone on the sea as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) tries to unite all of Greece by driving the charge that will change the course of the war. It pits Themistokles against the monstrous striking Persian powers drove by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), wild force of the Persian oceanic force. After its triumph over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army beneath the command of Xerxes walks towards the major city-states of Greek. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the method for Xerxes' furnished power, manufactures its quality regarding its naval force, drove by maritime officer Themistocles. Themistocles is urged to an unwilling association together with the customary rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta who may live with its overwhelming infantry troops. However Xerxes still guidelines overwhelming in numbers over sea and range. While coming to the historical accuracy of this movie, we be clear of one thing right from the saying go: this is not in any helpful sense an authentic film. It references several noteworthy verifiable occasions yet is not keen on 'getting them right'. It utilizes authentic characters yet misuses them for its own sensational, generally techno-visual finishes. It wilfully submits the grossest chronicled goofs. This...

Words: 310 - Pages: 2