Underworld: Rise of the Lycans(2009)
The trilogy-maker of the Underworld series is a prequel, going back to the Dark Ages, and tracing the origins of an ancient blood feud between the vampire Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the werewolf Lycans.... More
Lucian (Sheen), an enslaved Lycan, rallies his fellow werewolves to revolt against their captor - the cruel, vampire leader Viktor (Nighy). Joining the raging Lucian is his top secret lover: Viktor's daughter Sonja (Mitra). This, the ultimate in betrayals for Viktor, sets the scene for a big ol' showdown between the vampire army and the Lycans.
First-time director Patrick Tatopoulos was special effects man on both previous incarnations.Hide
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With the Blade and Underworld series both looking worse for wear, Twilight's teens recently became the new champions of 'vampire chic.' To complicate things further, Rise of the Lycans lacks original stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman. Some might be wondering then, what saved this film from being dumped straight-to-DVD? The answer is not often uttered by reviewers: this prequel is better than the original.
Turns out it was a good idea to wind the clock back a few centuries. Characters swap their trench coats for medieval tunics and this results in a fresh combination of the fantasy and horror genres. A vampire and werewolf feud feels so much more plausible if it's set hundreds of years ago. Mist shrouds forests, supernatural protection is provided for the price of a few peasants and horse-drawn carriages are ambushed with giddy glee. The cast are in on the fun and their intense performances are an R-rated riot. Gore flows freely and fight-scenes are more brutal than ever.
Unfortunately, the film looks like a cheap Lord of the Rings rip-off. Shortland Street actors and blue colour-correction abound. One battle looks so much like Helm's Deep that you'd swear they replaced orcs with werewolves. If the series is to continue - and it deserves to - it will need a unique visual style next time
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
I've been waiting for this movie to come out since last year (2008). I knew about the movie since 2007 when it was filmed behind my sisters job in Otahuhu Auckland. I couldn't image Underworld 3, being filmed in Otahuhu bur after seeing the movie. what a excellent job and movie had by all.
Love the movie and I'm a big fan of Underworld.
I kind of enjoyed this film but Michael Sheehan didn't really cut it as the lead man, his head is too big! I don't know why that affected how I saw the part but he just didn't really seem the guy for the job, some the CG stuff was lame but it was a pretty good for a formula series type film. I haven't seen the other Underworld fils though...