300: Rise of an Empire

300: Rise of an Empire, a follow-up to the 2007 blockbuster film 300, debuts in theaters today in 3D

Below is the synopsis from the film’s official website:

“300: Rise of an Empire,” told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” is a new chapter of the epic saga, which takes the action to a new battlefield–the sea.

The story pits the Greek general Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces ruled by the mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Knowing his only hope of defeating the overwhelming Persian armada will be to unite all of Greece, Themistokles ultimately leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

The fact that 300: Rise of an Empire is a visual spectacle is obvious from the trailer, but the film’s quality otherwise is questionable.

It rates only 42% among critics on the film website Rotten Tomatoes.  Detroit News film critic Tom Long gave this telling statement: “300: Rise of an Empire is a bloodbath and not much else.”

The movie is based on the not-yet-released Frank Miller graphic novel Xerxes, directed by Noam Murro and produced by Zack Snyder.

Watch the trailer below from Warner Bros. Pictures and let us know what you think in the comments.