Three words best describe this movie: hack and slash.
When you’re three hundred of the finest warriors of Sparta pitted against a melting pot of Asia’s warriors and phalanx of invaders, the fine art of hacking and slashing helps you and your brothers in combat survive wave after wave after wave of attacking enemy warriors. Of course, don’t forget that these men were trained from boyhood to become fine men of combat, unfazed even by overwhelmingly unfavorable odds, and that fear or intimidation is not tolerated.
Of course, throw in the valor of their leader, their king, Leonidas.
Though it may appear that his leadership and courage can be mistaken for being irrationally unrealistic, absurd and arrogant, Leonidas led his brave three hundred the way he knew how – with inspiration, assurance and trust. His words reinforced the strength and lightened the burden of defending a nation upon the shoulders of his men and trusted them to hold his bold declarations of glory and honor to the end. He fought with them, if not in the front lines, and faced the same perils that each of his men confronted.
This movie is not a feel good or an inspirational movie. It is simply a story told about how a small few held off a barrage of aggression to uphold their freedom, what they believe in and fight for it to the death. Graphically gory at times with dismemberments and decapitations, 300 reminds us that in this world, selfless gallantry and valor is rare, and all that should not be thrown to waste in wars, battles and deaths, no matter how much interesting history they make.