I've never heard of director Tarsem Singh until rather recently, but after seeing the only two movies he has made thus far, I was instantly a fan and I can't wait to see his third movie called Immortals . The first trailer did a lot to reduce me into the male equivalent of an obsessive Twilight fan, and almost unbelievably, the second trailer managed to top even that, making me go "OMG OMG OMG!!"
I know at first glance it seems like many other swords-and-sandals movies before it, but hell, have you ever seen any of them being as remotely as hard-hitting as this? For once they managed not to play down to the audience and turn this one into another one of those CGI wankfest. For once, the CGI are used to aid the storytelling rather than the other way around.
No, this is a Tarsem Singh movie. Which means it will be like an art film without the pretentiousness.
Another thing worthy of note is the absence of the usually-colourful Tarsem Singh movie (although the costume remain elaborate). But I think it suited the tone and mood of the movie rather perfectly. No, I don't think it's a 300  rip-off. I just think they represented the bleak and dark world the characters are living in, where the gods are more preoccupied with their wars.