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It’s not called 301, unfortunately, but rather 300: Rise of an Empire. The original film depicted the Battle of Thermopylae in August of 480 BC, in which 300 Spartans plus a few hundred other soldiers admirably and surprisingly held off a Persian army a thousand times greater. After a few days, they were defeated however — partly due to a betrayal — and at the same time, the Persians also won the naval Battle of Artemisium. So, after being defeated on both land and sea, the Greek allies retreated and the Persians occupied Athens.
However, the Greeks regrouped shortly thereafter and in September defeated the Persian navy at the Battle of Salamis. This was the turning point of the war, and will likely be the focus of the movie, along with the Battle of Artemisium. Several months later, in the summer of 479 BC, the Greeks decisively defeated the Persians at the Battle of Plataea, which ended the Persian invasion of Greece.
Salamis is one of the most important battles in world history, because had it been lost by the Greeks, it would’ve likely meant the premature end of Western civilization. Without the Ancient Greece which rose to power after the failed Persian invasion, the West would’ve turned out quite differently. For example, Socrates, one of the most important figures in Western philosophy, was born ten years after these events.
The main characters in the film are the Greek general Themistocles and the Persian queen and commander of the navy in the Battle of Salamis, Artemisia (played by Eva Green — Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale). Two characters from the original, Persian King Xerxes I and Spartan Queen Gorgo (played by Lena Heady — Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones) also seem to have prominent roles. It opens on March 14th, 2014.
You probably know South African director Neill Blomkamp from his first and only movie, District 9, which was about a ghetto full of aliens that look like giant shrimp. Well, it looks like he’s found his calling: after having tackled the especially South African issue of racial segregation in District 9, his next movie will look at the Western issue of immigration. It’s called Elysium, and it’s about a future in which a terrorist uses deadly force to illegally immigrate into
America Elysium, in order to steal medical technology and destroy The Great Satan.
The marketing machine must be gearing up for May 17th opening of the second Star Trek 2, because we have two new trailers in less than two weeks. This one has less Millennium Falcon than the last one, and more Benedict Cumberbatch — who everyone is in love with all of a sudden.
Back in December, J. J. Abrams released the teaser trailer for the second movie in his rebooted Star Trek franchise, which will be called Star Trek Into The Darkness. Since then, it was announced that he would also be directing Star Wars VII and now we suspiciously have a new trailer for Into The Darkness which includes a ship that looks exactly like the Millennium Falcon, with Kirk as Han Solo and Spock as Chewy.
Either Abrams shot this before he got the Star Wars gig, because he thought it would be his only chance to fly the Falcon, or he shot it after, because he wanted to bring the two universes closer together. In either case: no! Bad Abrams.
From YouTube, via Laughing Squid
This is the second trailer; the first one, was released in October: