Like many people, I heard all the negative reviews and I put off watching this movie until tonight, 7/26/2015. And I was sucked in to the awesomeness of this sequel, and have no idea why people hated on it.Questionable front page review gave this a 1/10 review. 1/10? This is one of the worst movies ever? Not by a long shot. Was it over the top? YES. Was it violent? YES. Was it entertaining? ABSOLUTELY.I think that for some odd reason, some movies become popular to put down (1 out of 10?), however, I watched an entertaining, similar to 300 movie, which makes sense as it was a sequel.I would dare say, the naval battles, the origin of Xerxes, and the crazy final battle make this exactly equal (or a bit better) than the first. The sea battles are amazing, it must be CGI (because how could they have that many people rowing war boats) but it looked amazing.In conclusion, if you enjoyed 300, then this sequel holds up! Will watch again.. Fortunately, Rise of an Empire, even in the hands of new director Noam Murro, didn't mess it up and brilliantly improves upon it. And though the quality of visuals were not perfect (such as the blood effects), the style is just so gratifying to watch. One last thing, the soundtrack is genuinely amazing, and is unbelievably fitting for the scenes. Even before the action begins, my heart pumps . 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more..