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2000s, Action, Sword'n Sandals

300

Released 2006 Rating 18 in UK
Director Zack Snyder Writer/s Zak Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon
Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, Michael Fassbender
Source of story Graphic novel by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley, it inspired by real events.
Elevator Pitch 300 Spartan warriors confront the massed Persian army at Thermopylae and hold them back until betrayed by a local. Meanwhile dark deeds are afoot back in Sparta.
Content Nearly the whole film is taken up with the battles, where the Spartans, apparently wearing leather underpants , hold back a variety of components of the Persian army each more unpleasant than the last. The production is presented in a sepia colour allowing particularly artistic views of naked ladies to be possible.
A View I did not enjoy this epic because, despite the choreography of the battles, the whole thing is handicapped by lack of plot. And the attempts to inject some tension back in Sparta are unsuccessful.

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