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Underworld Rise of the Lycans

The third film in the "Underworld" series is a prequel that tells the history behind the blood feud between vampires and werewolves.

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The best vampire vs werewolf series around

  • Dec 3, 2009
You know Hollywood is running out of fresh ideas when they start making movies that mix and match old ideas together hoping for a hit. The best example of this is in the horror - action genre where the trend of the decade is making movies featuring both vampires and werewolves. So far, the two biggest franchises in this theme are Underworld and Twilight. The latter is for teenage girls, while the former is better suited for everyone older. The Underworld trilogy ends with this movie, starring Rhona Mitra as the blood-sucking babe instead of the usual Kate Beckinsale. No worries for the guy fans out there, Rhona Mitra is every bit the babe in this movie. This movie takes place in the middle ages of Europe, where we see the vampires create a race of werewolves to serve them as slaves inside their castle. By the end of the movie, the werewolves have freed themselves, starting the blood feud between the two that is captured in the first 2 Underworld movies.

The movie is a mix of horror, action, romance and some drama. The acting is fairly good, with multiple characters getting in some lines of dialogue. The action is also good, with lots of blood but minimal gore. The special effects are spot on. My only caution is to watch this movie in a darkened room; as most of the scenes take place at night, a bright room will flood the viewer's eyes and diminish much of the detail of the movie's images.

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Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
not as good as the rest of the underworld movies, but still worth the watch. you get the background of the lycans and the vampire royality. it makes the whole story come togeather really nicely.
review by . January 26, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Rhona Mitra as Sonja
      First off, let me just say that I am a fan of the "Underworld" franchise and I do think that Kate Beckinsale is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Plus, I am also a sucker for tales about vampires and werewolves. That said, this newest installment of the franchise "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" doesn't have the previous two films' director, (although Len Wiseman still has credits for the story) and the absence of Beckinsale is …
review by . February 04, 2009
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Of the early 2000's, the Underworld franchise in my opinion has been the best trilogy made in this decade and perhaps in the top 10 best trilogies of all time.  However these films never seem to have gotten the media attention they deserved.  They have always had this sort of cult following, yet the films keep making enough money were sequels and prequels were able to get made and Rise of the Lycans was just as good as the previous two films, sticking to the great dark and true Gothic …
review by . March 07, 2009
Well I haven't seen the other two Underworld movies, but thought that with this being a prequel it would probably be better that I start with this anyway. I've heard such good things about this series which gave me really high hopes, but how disappointed was I to see it be a corny, ridiculous and quite shallow film. I was hoping for a bit of the sexy Kate Beckinsale which seems like one of the main selling points of the prior two movies, but alas it was not meant to be.      The …
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This prequel to Len Wiseman’s UnderworldandUnderworld: Evolution is distinctively different, especially minus the nimble vampire warrior star, Selene (Kate Beckinsale). Underworld: Rise of the Lycans takes its cues from the vampire/werewolf battles that occur in the other films, but director Patrick Tatopoulos focuses here on the young werewolf Lucian's (Michael Sheen) rise to leadership. Rise of the Lycans is set mostly within the walls of vampire lord Viktor’s (Bill Nighy) castle, so the film’s silver, black, and blue palette reflects a world happening under moonlight. From the outset, when Viktor brings Lucian, the first werewolf, into the world, this villainous bloodsucker’s daughter, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), is smitten with Lucian’s hairy appearance and instinctual intelligence. As years pass, Lucian grows tired of watching his race suffer slavery and imprisonment, and recruits a human named Raze (Kevin Grevioux) to assist rebellion. This archetypal plot is not so riveting, and what carries Underworld: Rise of the Lycans are the battle scenes between vampires and werewolves, which are excitingly fast-paced and brutal. The whole film adopts a medieval battlefield aesthetic that carries an otherwise clichéd story about illicit love and freedom fighting. Some characters, like the traitor vampire Tannis (Steven Mackintosh), also intrigues throughout, as one guesses who he will ally with.Underworld: Rise of the Lycans may not be the ...
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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: January 23, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures, Screen Gems
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