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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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8/10: Phew!!! (may contain mild spoilers...
Friday, January 23, 2009

Phew!!! (may contain mild spoilers about all 3 Underworld films) I was going to wait until Sunday to go see this with my niece and her friends but I was a little apprehensive about how violent it was and wanted to check it out first...Okay, okay, that was part of the reason. The other reason I went to the first matinée showing on opening day was because I was so *nervous* about this film. I so wanted to like the Underworld franchise. I love fantasy, sci-fi and especially vampires and werewolves. I am always anxious to see how another writer, actor, director or other artist brings them to life (er, so to speak). I, however, have never been quite so underwhelmed and disappointed as with the first two of this series. I can appreciate what Len Wiseman and Patrick Tatapoulos were trying to achieve with their new version of werewolves - "lycans" - but I was actually embarrassed by their...

9/10: What an Underworld movie should...
Sunday, January 25, 2009

What an Underworld movie should be like! The first Underworld was good, the second one was a disappointment But the third is, in my opinion, surprisingly better than the first two combined. Going into this movie, I wasn't expecting much, especially after the disaster that was Evolution. Evolution lost everything that made Uw1 so good – the story, the characters, the dynamic between Lycans & vampires, the love story of Selene & Michael, and even the music. It seemed to focus around Selene kicking butt and mindless explosions and gore.But this movie totally blew me away. I'm writing this review over a day after I've seen it, and I'm still jittery from how good it was.**Okay, bad points (there are only a few main ones):The sex scene -- not as bad as the one from Evo, but we could've done without it. If I had a say in the matter, I would say just edit...

6/10: OK for a Prequel... I...
Friday, February 13, 2009

OK for a Prequel... I just wanna say that this is one fine prequel.. Although, they could have done better fight scenes.. Especially Lucian's fight with Viktor. It didn't have much of a spark in it.. Within moments, it's finished without any satisfying result. Well, for me. (^^,) Well, on with comment..Bill Nighy is so awesome in bringing the character, Victor, to existence once again. And so is Michael Sheen who brought Lucian back to life again. Rhona Mitra is superb, beautiful and "HOT" as she takes the character, Sonja, Viktor's beloved daughter. Kevin Grevioux returns as Raze, as does Steven Mackintosh as Tannis. Both are given considerably more to do this time and both are welcome familiar faces and characters. The single omitted character was Kraven, a slight dissatisfaction, but not one that discolors the film.There isn't a great deal to state here other than getting the full back-story of the prohibited...

10/10: One of the Best Great...
Sunday, January 29, 2012

One of the Best Great film: definitely the best in the Underworld series. The story line is full of interesting twists, and adds a sense of completeness and maturity to the overall arching story of the Underworld series. The acting and script was very professional. The pace was just perfect - it isn't everyday that one gets to watch a film with just the right dose of action, drama and suspense. This one hits the nail on the head. The characters in this film are very rich and sophisticated, just like the story line itself. Now add to this the brilliant performances by the actors and you have a winning recipe: the film draws you in from the start right to the end, and you lose yourself to the story with a sense that you're living it as the characters are living it themselves. The FX, the set, directing, etc. all just gelled in so well. The resulting end...

10/10: One of the Greatest Prequels...
Saturday, February 11, 2012

One of the Greatest Prequels. This epic vampires versus werewolves prequel to "Underworld" and "Underworld: Evolution" qualifies as first-rate entertainment that resembles a combination of an old western and a variation on "Spartacus." The vampires are forted up in a medieval castle, and the werewolves lurk beyond the walls in the dark woods like hostile Apache Indians. The action is fast and furious and it sticks to the exposition from "Underworld" and concludes with Kate Beckinsale perched on a window ledge. Director Patrick Tatopoulos' "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" occurs before Death Dealer Selene came onto the scene. "Lycans" chronicles the franchise when Viktor (Bill Nighy) commanded the coven and clashed with his rebellious daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra of "Beowulf") who has an affair with a Lycan. The scene when the Lycan attack the vampire castle and Sonja's lover, Lucian (Michael Sheen of "New Moon") fires gigantic cross-bow arrows at the rampaging werewolves is unbelievably cool! Prepare...

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