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U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen View Premiere of “300: Rise of an Empire”

Posted on: March 05, 2014 08:00 EST by Naval Academy Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen received a special treat March 2 when they were invited to view a premiere of the new film “300: Rise of an Empire” at the Bowtie Cinemas in Annapolis, Md.

The film’s release date in the U.S. is March 7.

“It’s great that the military is kept in mind even in Hollywood, and although they didn’t have to release the movie to us, they did,” said Midshipman 4th Class Brandon Pullig. “It was such a great experience, and I am very glad that I was able to be a part of it.”

Presented by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, “300: Rise of an Empire” is a fantasy action film directed by Noam Murro. The events of the film take place before, during, and after the events in the 2007 film “300.”

The movie depicts the second Persian invasion of Greece, from 480–479 B.C. and focuses on the Battle of Artemisium, a naval engagement concurrent with the battle of Thermopylae displayed in the 2007 film. The battle was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire in 480 B.C, in the straits between the mainland and the northern tip of the island of Euboea.

“It was such a blast to partake in a premier of this magnitude,” said Midshipman 4th Class J. R. Martin. “I feel honored that our academy and Navy came to mind in association with the Spartans and Athenian Navy.”

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