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ANU GULMOHAR | Issue Dated: April 1, 2007
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Sunny Deols! 300 has in its artillery two main tricks to lure the ladies to the hall – the first being Gerald Butler and the remaining 299 manly men with their 6-pack abs and the second being the scenes that depict the liberated women of Sparta, an ancient Grecian city. As for the men, there’s no dearth of reasons, with all the action and the gore and the video-game-like sequences that will make you wish for the game’s controls to chop up some Persians for yourself!

300 depicts the battle of Thermopylae, when Sparta was threatened by Persian invasion and forbidden to go to war by priests bought off by the enemies, and King Leonidas (Gerald Butler) slyly marched off with merely 300 of the best and bravest of hunks, I mean, soldiers! The battle ensues at the strategic pass where wave after wave of Persian troops fall like toy soldiers in front of Sparta’s bare might (the only armour of the nearly-naked well-sculpted men were their warrior briefs!), from ninja-like ‘immortals’ to near-mythical giants and for good measure, even bejewelled rhinos! Director Zack Snyder succeeds in creating arresting fight sequences, artistic monochromatic scenes and computer-generated images. Where he falters is in producing a strong script with well-developed characters and apart from Butler others really seem like video-game characters! The Persian Emperor Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), for instance, strikes out solely due to his body piercings and, at the risk of sounding like a repetitive gaming-freak, seems like the final-opponent in a battle video-game! At the end, the epic turns out to be decent fare but one which had the potential of being legions better...
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