The 300 sequel is desperately trying to remind you it exists

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There's a new trailer for the 300 sequel The Legend of Curly's Gold Rise of an Empire, and it's sad that this once proud franchise has traded its trademark quiet introspection and examination of the human condition for such bombast. Naw, I'm just kiddin', both movies are about half-naked dudes killing each other.


Seriously, when watching this thing, all I can think about are these two things: 1) Xerxes is the same dude who played Paolo in Lost, and 2) Lena Headey needs to start discriminating a little bit more about what projects she chooses. Ma'am, you're in Game of Thrones. You don't have to do nonsense like this any more, okay?

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Matt McDougall

I dig 300 - and still maintain that it's one of the more accurate historic-war-epic films out there* - but I don't think it's the type of thing you can tap twice. I'd love a good treatment of Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis, but it's a different battle with different players and I think it requires something besides the epic campfire story aesthetic.

*by accurate I mean it tracks reasonably well with the historical record. The movie certainly embellishes the details, but it gets the big picture more or less right. Unlike Gladiator (no, the death of Commodus did not see a restoration of the Republic...actually basically the opposite) or Braveheart (there was no prima nocte, the Scots of the time didn't wear tartans, Wallace's death was something like 15 years before the Battle of Bannockburn where the Scots won their independence) and their ilk.