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Below is a free essay on "300" from Anti Essays, your source for free research papers, essays, and term paper examples. When King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) speaks, his troops listen. And, they'll follow this charismatic leader to their glorious deaths if need be. It's not just his commanding accent when he yells "Sparrrr-tahhnns!" It's his devotion to his land and his people. And, though I am not a warrior, even I would have picked up a spear and shield to strike furiously with valiant heart to lay low any enemies before me.

"300" is "Sin City" and "Gladiator" mixed together and coated with a luster that you can only find on fresh-from-the-factory Ferrari's. This is a film that re-envisions cinematography and violence. The technology of filmmaking is growing by leaps and bounds. Here, much of the film is shot on a soundstage set against a giant bluescreen, where effects and background are added later. The process of filmmaking is much the same as the new generation of Star Wars films. The visual result here is a bronze-tinged world that is gorgeously surreal, filled with floating embers, colorless dead, and bloodied warriors.

The film revisits one of the ancient world's most famous of last stands at Thermopylae. In 480 B.C., our dutiful and fearless Spartan king took a mere 300 warriors with him to hold off encroaching Persian invaders, led by the imposing God/King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). Think tens of thousands of Orcs descending upon the stronghold of Helm's Deep, protected by only a couple of hundred Men and Elves. Here, in this high-concept battle film, these Persians also arrive filled with reckless hate. What can a mere 300 warriors do? "Sparrrr-tahhnns!" Show those weak Persians a thing or two.

While Leonidas is doing battle on the field, his strong Queen (Lena Headey) does what she can by lobbying the Spartan Council to send more troops. She is stymied by the unhelpful and slimy Theron (Domonic West), but her character is filled with bravery and...
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