PAUL BYRNES The battle for Europe continues in this ridiculously violent and cartoonish second instalment, which does to history what Darius I tried to do to Greece.
PAUL BYRNES With its bronze palette, declamatory acting and rivers of blood, this sequel is dull, nasty and utterly unrealistic.
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
The bloody ancient Greece fantasy-action movie 300: Rise of an Empire has slayed the competition at the US box office, estimated weekend figures show.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY Sullivan Stapleton wasn't too worried about the finer plot points when he stepped up to lead 300.
MICHAEL IDATO Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton has been injured in Thailand.