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Dominic West as Theron, a fictional corrupt Spartan politician (Theron is not featured in the comic book).  Outside current political parallels, some critics have raised more general questions about the film's ideological orientation. The New York Post 's Kyle Smith wrote that the film would have pleased " Adolf's boys,"  and Slate's Dana Stevens compared the film to The Eternal Jew "as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war. Since it's a product of the post-ideological, post- Xbox 21st century, 300 will instead be talked about as a technical achievement, the next blip on the increasingly blurry line between movies and video games."  Roger Moore, a critic for the Orlando Sentinel, relates 300 to Susan Sontag's definition of "fascist art".  Indeed, the Lambda sign on the Spartans' shields in 300 formed the inspiration for the official symbol of the far-right Identitarian movement.   Set in 480 BC, Frank Miller's 300 retells the battle of Thermopylae: a battle that raged between 300 Spartans and allied forces against the full strength of Persian army.
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Writer Alan Moore has criticized 300 as being historically inaccurate, with particular reference to the characters' attitudes towards homosexuality:a b Nelson, Resa (February 1, 2006). " 300 Mixes History, Fantasy". Sci Fi Wire. Archived from the original on June 10, 2008 . Retrieved April 17, 2010. Reaction of the President Advisor to the film 300]. Sharif News (in Persian). Archived from the original on March 16, 2007 . Retrieved March 21, 2007.
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Christ. This is crazy. Sparta's described as having this nightmarish culture where children are left out to die of exposure, men are ritually abused by each other to demonstrate toughness, the disabled are rejected in spite of their potential skills because they fail to fit into the military system, and international law is null and void (this is madness! No one kills a messenger! This is Sparta!).
Fun and exciting. A worthwhile story to be told, though the omission of the Thespians and other abuses of artistic license mark the fault of Miller's sensationalism. Like the four-color comics before him, Miller takes archetypes and symbols and drives them full throttle to the epic, gun-blazing climax. Unfortunately, character and emotion suffer. This is not quite the liability that it could have been, as the Epic tradition is often purposefully guilty of the same and 300 fits into this tradition (or the modern swords & sandals permutation). a b Lytle, Ephraim (March 11, 2007). "Sparta? No. This is madness". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007 . Retrieved March 24, 2007.