300, the movie

300” is name of a new movie which will be released tomorrow. Wikipedia says these about this movie:

300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. The film is directed by Zack Snyder with Frank Miller attached as an executive producer and consultant, and was shot mostly with bluescreen to mimic the original comic book work. 300 stars Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Tiernan and David Wenham. The film is scheduled to be released in both conventional and IMAX theaters in America on March 9, 2007.

The film is a close adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller in which Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fight to the last man against Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive army of one million soldiers. Facing insurmountable odds, the Spartans’ sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against the Persian invaders. The story is based on the Battle of Thermopylae which took place in 480 BC.

But why should I, a sort of should-be-busy student, be attracted to this one? Well, in this one Persians are shown as ugly creatures, not even human, who do know nothing but to kill. There are two parts which annoy me:

  • obviously, as a current Iranian Persian I do not like my people, specially my ancestors, be called non-human and killer machines. Persian empire has been a civilization of it own. With ugly and pretty faces both. I am not going to compare this to any other civilization since some countries do not have much of a past, say 300 at most, compared to around 2500+ years of our history 😉
  • the timing is really interesting: at this very moment United States and other countries are considering attack to Iran, and this movie shows enemies of Iran as heroes and Persians as non-humans! What a coincidence, eh?

Anyways, I do not really know about politics and do not like wars. But, do not like smell this movie an interesting thing too. This site “300 the movie ” is going to provide more information soon. Some collective artistic things, historical information and so on.

P.S. #1:By the way, at this very moment I thought people may not know Iran is the mainland of former Persia!

P.S. #2:
My recent posts have all been about Iran and these things. I really try not to think about there much, not as much as it seems at least.

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