Since there's already a 300 thread for people who haven't seen it or still want to see it, I'm starting one for the people like me who have and those wondering if it's worth it. I'll preface this by saying I was really looking forward to this movie. I love badass fight movies. I own Gladiator and Fight Club because of it. But, if you value your pride, you may want to spare your wallet the indignity of forfeiting $8 to watch 300. I don't know what was scarier: The hunchback sex scene, or the freedom with which the script writer wielded his cliches. The amount of lines you could predict is startling. The visual effects are far from that. It all conspired as a brilliant educational video on what happens when hackneyed lines and five year old special effects masquerade as moving filmmaking. "Tonight we dine in hell!" was a great line - one of maybe five lines in the entire movie not stolen from Braveheart, Gladiator, or anywhere in between. The only problem is that it was only half of the line. The other half before it is "enjoy your breakfast because.." And nobody was eating breakfast, the Spartans were in the middle of nowhere, and nobody was carrying food in their leather underpants or inside their capes. Unfortunately, the three fight scenes preceding it also had nearly identical screamed one-liners from the king just before they raced toward the green screen, and all of those lines could have been written by a ninth grader - a ninth grader who gets made fun of a lot for being mentally handicapped. This movie actually stole from the War on Terror's official playbook, recycling dramatic gem lines like "Freedom isn't free", and "never surrender", the latter mantra being pounded into your head dozens of times during the movie, just in case you were asleep. As I was leaving the theater, I remarked to my girlfriend that it was like somebody gave the script for Gladiator to a class of high school freshmen and told them to rewrite it in ancient Greece. Most of the fight scenes served only to extend the run time of the movie and relied heavily on an over-stylized cadence of stop motion, slow motion, then regular speed, over and over again, perhaps to cover up for the fact that in each scene there were only at most 20 actors and tens of thousands of CGI backdrop characters. Every scene you see is filmed on some sort of sound stage with screened backdrops. Those scenes on camera must have been so green it'd be like walking into a rain forest. Kudos to the actors for pretending they were so worried in the face of a million fake Persians. Then again, all they had to do to be worried was read the script. On the plus side, there were dozens of naked chicks, (and for the ladies) the majority of the budget appeared to be blown on finding actors with abs of steel, and the first sex scene was cut straight out of a porno and mistakenly thrown into a movie about death and violence. Note to the director: If you find yourself coaching the king's grimace as he rotates his body into the doggie style position, it's not a historical action/drama anymore. I only wish I had 300 thumbs to turn down for this movie. Then I'd only be a few hundred short of a fair review.