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Underworld:
Rise of the Lycans

2009

see also: Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans

Underworld - Underworld: Evolution

To come: Underworld: Awakening (2012)

and : Underworld: Next Generation (2016)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
 

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The Movie

Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel king of the vampires, has persecuted the Lycans for centuries. Young Lycan Lucian (Michael Sheen) rallies his people against Viktor and his Death Dealer warriors. With his secret lover Sonja (Rhona Mitra), a vampire, at his side, Lucian leads the werewolves in a final battle to break free of enslavement - or die trying.

Story credits are given to Len Wiseman, Robert Orr and Danny McBride
Screenplay to Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman and Howard McCain

Michael Sheen as Lucian
Bill Nighy as Viktor
Rhona Mitra as Sonja
Steven Mackintosh as Tannis
Kevin Grevioux as Raze
David Aston as Coloman

Directed by Patrick Tatopoulos

Review

This is a prequel to the first two in the series; it keeps the same stark, dark visuals, similar ponderous music, and the same laziness with the plot. It really is worthy but dull. pretty, yes. And the action sequences are expensive and well done. But virtually all the vampires might as well have been human - they talk like 'em, fight like 'em and die like 'em. Much of the time, even the werewolves, sorry, lycans could easily be mistaken too. Though the transformations are impressive and soon straighten you out.

But in the end, none of it really matters. Viktor is a standard off-the-shelf shouting patriarch; true to type except that he never actually kills his enemies, allowing them to regroup and come back for more. In fact, if his part was written consistently, the movie would have been about 7 mins 35 secs.

Lucian, ably played by Michael Sheen, the human chameleon, really did pretty much carry the movie, but again, going against his character, who should have been fairly tame really. Rhona Mitra as Sonja was a poorly written character, here macho, there soft and feminine. Worse, her lips appeared to be so pumped up with whatever they use these days, that it was hard to see her as whole person, not just a pair of gigantic lips. I've seen photos of her without surgical intervention, and believe me, she's a beautiful lady. Shame. Hollywood can be cruel. I'm told it may just be her adaptation to the fangs. Who knows?

All in all, a very formulaic movie, with good special effects, and quality battles. End!

The DVD

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
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