THE 300 SEQUEL is full of stunning visuals, tons of blood and gore, and a modicum of drama. It variously succeeds and fails as a narrative of the epic historical developments on hand, but does a good job introducing larger-than-life characters, then setting them free to clash in mighty battle.
The sequel is certainly not as good as the original, but it does deliver what you expect it to. Though my enduring theme of “story matters” endures not here, and the actual ascension of Greece becomes lost, 300: Rise of an Empire does at times reach awesome cinematic heights. Unfortunately, it just as soon becomes bogged down in too many slo-mo-riddled, redundant action sequences. My marginal recommendation applies only to an IMAX 3D screening — anything less is likely a thumbs down. 6/10