Going into 300: Rise of an Empire, I was a bit skeptical about the movie. The first 300 movie I saw 3 times in the theater. The visuals at the time were ground breaking and hadn’t been seen before. The fight sequences felt like something out of Asian cinema, with its gore and intensity. Looking at the trailer for the new movie it looked like it was going to be more of the same . . . but 8 years later. Over those 8 years we have seen other movies use similar action sequence techniques so it no longer feels new or fresh. Somehow with that against him, director Noam Murro managed to create a movie that surpassed Zack Snyder’s original.