- Title: 300
- Genre: Action, Adventure film, War
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Heady, Dominic West
- Country: United States
- Length: 117 min.
- Year: 2007
- Premiere: 22-3-2007
- Distributor: Warner Bros
"We march. From dear Lakonia ... from sacred Sparta ... we march. For honor's sake ... for glory's sake ... we march."The opening text of Frank Miller's graphic novel shows in a few phrases again what the story is about. The Greek state at the time of 480 v. Chr. No place for wimps. At birth, the Spartan babies on a cliff examine whether they are cut of the right stuff for a living as über warriors. If not ... hop into the ravine. Fine guys Spartans.
When they have passed their test they are subjected to a brutal, militaristic training. Women are also not for the cat. They serve as fokmachines to provide Sparta new cannon fodder. The comparison with the Third Reich by the Nazis is easily made. Director Zack Snyder puts the contracts no time to hide. He mentions in an interview Spartan king Leonidas a fanatic. After the announcement of an imminent invasion of the vast Persian army, advises the corrupt political council to negotiate with the Persian leader Xerxes. Leonidas, however, pulls out with three hundred of his best men out to the Persians to a cup size.
It must literally take you down to size. '300' notifies the blood soaked violence not. And although this looks clean, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted among us, insofar as there actually still are. Readers of Miller's source material will already know this, because the comic is not exactly subtle. It is cheerfully chopped off. The artist who made himself immortal with the neo-noir Sin City series also shows in '300' a perverse pleasure in violence, naked bodies and texts as "No Prisoners. No Mercy." The latter is accompanied by a drawing, in which the Spartans push off their Persian opponents of a cliff.
The fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Snyder has - like Robert Rodriguez made two years earlier with 'Sin City' - Millers work almost word for word and picture by picture filmed. And as this film is also '300' was recorded with a blue-screen background. The actors after all comes from the computer. Snyder thus creates a hyper-reality that still is most reminiscent of a play. On a handful of crowd scenes after the director keeps it small with many close-ups of muscular fighters, flying spears and arrows, and especially metal pierces flesh.
Between the action by falling, fortunately, some laughing, because Snyder is only too well aware that his characters
utterly exhausted in their conceptions of good and evil. Leonidas is also a lot more humane than in Miller's book and his love for Queen Gorgo, milks Snyder especially towards the end and unpleasant to completely. Nearby Miller just a side note pays attention to the wife of Leonidas, Snyder devotes an entire story to her. Gorgo attempts to convince the political council to send reinforcements to the battlefield. This results in politics for dummies and keeps the story unnecessarily. Snyders motive is explained: a film with just half-naked dudes who beat each other's brains is fun, but occasionally a beautiful and heroic and natural half-naked chick is nothing to sneeze at.