Thursday, May 14, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

I know that prequels are the rage in Hollywood, but they don't always live up to expectations... this one did! I loved the storyline in this movie and thought it told the beginnings of the war between Lycans and vampires well. If I had to say a negative thing about the movie it would be that it was visually too dark at times and also vampires can fly... so why didn't they??? OK, that was two things. The acting was superb, especially Bill Nighy as Victor, the leader of the vampires. His intensity was fantastic and he was visually dominate in his role. Michael Sheen as Lucian, the leader of the Lycans was equally as passionate in his role. I have to say that I didn't miss Kate Beckinsale at all. The character of Sonja, played by Rhonda Mitra was as strong a character as Beckensales. The story begins with the Lycans being slaves to the vampires and Lucian being a favorite of Victors. There are struggles outside the walls of the castle between "wild" werewolves and the Nobles who depend on the vampires for protection and the vampires in turn are paid for this protection. Sonja is rebellious and disobeys her father (Victor) on many occasions. As Lucian and Sonja's relations is kept hidden, it is just as quickly revealed and that is when the battle truly begins. This movie is full of all the elements of a great movie... good storyline, good acting, interesting characters, and well played action. The only concern for me is that the CGI was a little over done. I've never been a fan of so much CGI, but I overlook it when the movie has so many other great attributes. This movie is so worth a watch! Check out the trailer below!

A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), courageous Lucian (Michael Sheen) leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor (Bill Nighy). Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Rated R
For bloody violence and some sexuality

92 minutes
Patrick Tatopoulos

Rhona Mitra
Bill Nighy
Michael Sheen
Shane Brolly
Steven Mackintosh
Kevin Grevioux

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