I saw this movie friday night at the Marcus North Shore. 300: Rise of an Empire is the sequel to the 2007 movie but the two story lines occupy the same period of time. I never saw the original and this movie does stand well on its own.
Rise of an Empire follows Greek general Themistokles (Sulivan Stapleton) as he tries to fend off the Persian forces, led by Artemisia (Eva Green).
The storyline was not great but it was well-paced. The combination of the action and the acting kept my attention until the end. The fight scenes were the high-point. They definitely fed my inner 8yr old.
Would I see it a second time? Probably not. In my opinion, it is a very good movie to rent or catch on netflix. It was not a bad movie but I have seen better.