Holy abs! If anything else, this film was motivating. I think I ran to the gym directly after watching this and pushed myself to the point of passing out. I'm going to say down with those who complain about the historical accuracy of this film. I'm pretty sure that with all of the monsters that they threw at us viewers from the side of Persia, I was considering this film more fantasy than historical by the time it was even a tenth of the way through. That doesn't mean I loved it any less. The soundtrack went perfectly with a bloody, heartpounding, primordial scream kind of battle that almost had me wishing I was Spartan for a while. The part that amazed me most...that Xerxes, ruler of the enemy hoards was that short little Brazilian guy who appeared in Lost for two episodes! How exactly do they make a monster out of him? Between him and the painted on abs on all of those Spartans, I've got to give this movie an eight for the make-up guys alone!