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Plot: The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja, in his battle against the Vampire army and his struggle for Lycan freedom. Runtime: 92 mins Release Date: 22 Jan 2009
Underworld: Rise of a really good prequel (by springsunnywinter)
The prequel will trace the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans or werewolves. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian Michael Sheen emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor Nighy , the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Viktor's daughter Sonja Mitra , in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.I really liked the first two Underworld films because they were original screenplays and <more>
Vampires & Werewolves are my most favourite mythological characters. A prequel was a much better idea to the series instead of a third part because the only problem with the series was that their wasn't any explanation that why the Vampires and Werewolves are against each other and this movie does explains that. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans has a much better story-line than the first two movies were made so dark & sinister that really did suit the mood for the film. Rhona Mitra takes over Kate Beckinsale as the female lead although she wasn't better or worse but she did a pretty good job and this is her best film to date. Other than the story the movie has enough action to keep you entertained and had really good Werewolf transformations if you liked the first two Underworld films then you are going to love Rise of the Lycans.
The action is great, scenery is dark well of course but not so dark that you can't tell the characters apart, acting is entirely adequate for the task. The second biggest question of the movie, of course, is whether Rhona Mitra can possibly replace Kate Beckinsale. And my opinion is she does about the best job that could be done.But none of that is what I really want to say about this movie...This is the best movie of the year. It's terrific! I loved every second.Why? The wolves win! THE WOLVES WIN!-- David Wolff
Blood at its best (by trevixarama)
Im A huge fan of the Underworld movies so perhaps my opinions may be biased, however this movies was great overall, more of a story telling to it with good action and nice amount of blood and gore..The feel of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is certainly different giving almost a medi evil feel and had what i thought a darker feel..I cant wait till its available to purchase as it will sit well with my other Underworld movies. To anyone who hasn't seen or isn't into the underworld movies or perhaps into vampire movies at all please leave your mind open and I'm sure you'll still <more>
enjoy it, I've seen many a movie supposed to a smash hit fall way way behind this movie, I'm giving this 10/10 because i enjoyed it immensely and especially as not many prequel can pull it off as well as Underworld: Rise of the Lycans has..its not tacky or cheap but a well thought of story backed by great acting and continued the fantastic Underworld story, keep the Underworlds coming i say
What an Underworld movie should be like! (by KateB819)
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 <more>
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 out the last part. Those who have seen it will know what I'm talking about. While very original, it made everyone go "WTF."Luka -- not quite sure what was up with her character, but it was kind of a meaningless character that they introduced A couple of scenes or shots were a bit awkward like Lucian falling off a cliff with two vampires it seemed like that scene from Psycho when Martin Balsam's character falls down the stairs Some of the dialog was off either cheesy or too predictable.WAY TOO SHORT! I know a lot us would've liked to see more development in Sonja & Lucian's relationship, and starting it where it did just kinda left some us going " ?"**Good points plenty here RHONA MITRA. From the beginning I've been supportive of her taking on the female lead. The writers did a good job with her independent, strong, witty, rebellious without being annoying. She played the character extremely well! Going in I didn't think I would be so attached to her character at all and I wound up liking Sonja more than Selene in the end and this is saying a lot! . Sonja has more depth than Selene did especially after Evo . Kudos, writing staff and Rhona.Chemistry. I couldn't help but feel so much for these Sonja and Lucian, characters that weren't even on my "top three" until the end of this movie. Now they're at the top. Their relationship, although rushed, was truly touching. I found myself invested in their fates and getting emotional over something I knew was coming.The writing was pretty good better than Evo. There was a story, and the dialog did justice to all the characters. Tanis and Viktor, who I was afraid I would wind up hating now that Kraven is not there, were written in a way that you just had to admire and love the more. The addition of Raze, as well as some clips from the first Underworld tied ROTL with the first one.The acting. I think there may have been one weak character, and the rest of the cast worked well together and alone. Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Steven Macintosh, Rhona Mitra, and all the supporting cast were superb. You simply cannot ask for a better ensemble!The music, in my opinion, was added at the right time/scenes, at the right volume. The score and soundtrack have the same feel as the first movie which it should, considering it's the same fabulous composer .The beginning and the ending I would not change a thing. It was perfect. The beginning is a wonderful introduction to the movie, and the ending is a nice connection to the first movie.I think this movie worked out so well because it has a nice mixture of what made the first two movies good in my opinion. It had most of the original cast and characters, a strong female lead with a strong male counterpart, it wasn't so long that it lost your interest, and it had a strong enough plot line to carry the movie in spite of a few weak points.Overall, this was a pleasant surprise for devoted Underworld fans that waited 3 years and 3 days to see it, and any new-comers that were looking for a decent movie to watch in theaters.**VOTE: 9.0/10
Exactlly what I was hoping it to be! (by riddicules)
I gave this movie a 9 because it should have been longer - if one would ask me, 2 movies would barely be enough for this story. I would love the story to start at the very beginning, at the start...the first bite...i feel it went through that chapter slightly to fast, but enough to make the story complete. The movie is set in the era a few hundred years before previous movies Underworld 1 & 2 , at the start of it all almost . In previous movies we were told this story very briefly - how the lycans and vampires lived together or better said: how the lycans worked for the vampires and <more>
how a love story, that wasn't meant to be, was to change that. The atmosphere of the movie is top notch! Dark, bloody, evil - perfect. The acting as good as the roles would allow, the bad guy guys easily hateable, and good guys quickly grow on you. And that is hard, considering the good guys are "the stuff of nightmares"! I still haven't made my mind up, if I even like the idea of lycans running around free and, well you know - feed on people :P The love story: it is beautiful, just a bit cold, believable and it does break you're heart in the end reminds me of interracial couples and what they had to go through in the past century, actually the whole story could be about "black & white in America" Amazinglly one can truly feel the rage of one particular lycan, the romeo of the story...and let's be honest - if someone took that girl away from me, I'd be furious as well : Ah yes, the new lady vampires - Rhona Mitra is - well - at least as sexy, as bad ass, as cool as the one before or after, how ever you like it . It would be a tough decision between the two...tho Rhona is slightly more Vampire looking and I guess that's a good thing here. I really can not imagine these movies without the main female roles...they give "the Underworld series" the sexiness and the appeal they have. Michael Sheen - as the Lucyan, well I really didn't like this guy before and I still think they should have gone with someone else...he doesn't look dangerous, sexy or any of sort...having said that I must admit, he does his job very well! The lovable wolf than :P Bill Nighy - Viktor - the bad guy: damn he's good, I really love to hate his character and he is the perfect actor for the job, I really do think so. As bad as always worse actually , looks intimidating and powerful. Excellent! I also liked "the big black dude" - Kevin Grevioux! He has the charm, the looks and a very powerful appearance in the picture...I think he would make a great spin off movie - following his life as a lycan! I think he could pull it of. Special effects are good, mind you this movie is depending on those and they do not fail. So story, acting, chemistry is all there...what's missing for it to reach 10/10? Well, for starters the love scene could be a bit more primal, rough, animal like, it should be heard miles away and I would't mind them turning into their "true self's" in the midst of the passion...that would make this so much better...as the scene is not bad "per se", we are talking about a werewolf and a vampire making out and I would imagine that wouldn't look so innocent and acceptable as it was. Next, in my opinion there isn't enough vampire like stuff in the movie...no bites, no feeding,...i missed that...as it was, the vampires in the movie could have easily been human. All in all - i really liked the movie and this series has became one of my favorites!
Rise of the Lycans...in MY opinion! (by BlueChord)
I'd have to give "Star Wars - Episode IV" credit for being the best prequel that I have ever seen. However, Rise of the Lycans is in my opinion, quite good as a prequel.It was a good movie, but it wasn't great...and it could have been. There should have been more background on the love affair between Sonja and Lucian. How/when did it begin? How long had it been going on? Why Lucian instead of the males in the vampire coven? Curious, indeed. I had hoped that this movie would give more background on Sonja...a crucial character regarding the "war"...instead I left the <more>
theater only knowing a snippet more about her than I did from the 1st 2 films. To me, her character just wasn't developed enough. Considering the time in which she lived, Sonja should have been more of a bad-ass than Selene...and she wasn't. It's a lot harder to wield a sword than a gun. And although she was pregnant and burned alive...I didn't feel very sorry for her when I should have. I think I'd have felt different if there was more about her to go on.Also, it would have been cool to see them Sonja & Lucian have a discussion about the dangers of their affair being discovered...escape for a little while... enjoy happiness, THEN got captured. That really would have made you feel more sympathy for them and why the war began. Will someone please give the other vampires in the coven some backbone!! They're a bunch of nocturnal, bloodthirsty cowards!!!
You know, I really enjoyed it. Michael Sheen is superb in a film where great performances normally don't happen. (by The_Amazing_Spy_Rises)
Very rarely do prequels match up with their predecessors. As I'm not the biggest Underworld fan, I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting much. However, I should've expected more, as the latest, yet earliest installment is easily my favorite in the series. It ain't art, but it's the shining example of why we go to the movies: to escape into a world of mythology, fantasy, and crazy vampire/werewolf action.For the first time in the series, the filmmakers have decided to leave out the rock that probably was the reason the films have been successful: Kate Beckinsale. I'm <more>
guessing this was a production risk/choice, but it seems to have paid off. Selene's absence from the story is necessary to tell the story of how the Lycans rose to power, how Viktor was driven insane though we pretty much already know how , and, as off topic as it may be, how simply awesome Michael Sheen is.Very rarely do the actors make an action movie good. Most action movies rely on explosions and surprise! action to enhance the quality and generally feature run of the mill copycat characters. Sheen's Lucian and Bill Nighy's Viktor will always stand out in the realm of action/fantasy characters to me, and it's easy to see why. Sheen's turn as Lucian is fierce, determined, and one of my favorite performances in an action movie I've seen in years. Despite playing a mostly villainous role in the first film, Lucian is the hero of this film, and it totally gives you a new spin on things. Sheen's brave and dedicated performance really makes the character work, while Bill Nighy is once again effectively creepy as Viktor. Rhona Mitra's presence as Sonja is welcome, though she doesn't carry the same charisma that Beckinsale does, making her an ill advised choice to be Selene's replacement as she so obviously is .The action in Underworld, though obviously restrained by a lower budget, is once again great. There's some nice dueling, the obvious gore and blood galore, and a nice Lord of the Rings style battle at the end. What it comes down to is that Underworld does nothing new, but does everything right in maintaining a steady river of entertainment. I was never bored, and I don't think you will be either.The film does answer a lot of questions and provides some nice insight to the Lycans which were my favorite parts about the first two films , though it suffers from the same fate as most prequels do...even a casual viewer of this series knows which characters will live, which will die, and how it will end. The film isn't really about the resolution, but rather the journey to the end. In fact, it's made in such a way that you can certainly watch the trilogy in chronological order.When it comes down to it, I liked 'Lycans' a lot. It's a worthy installment in the series, and certainly not a disappointment to me. It's got good action, a wonderful lead performance from Michael Sheen, and should satisfy fans of the series and fans of mythological stories altogether.
Best prequel I've seen and worthy successor (by overcrest2000)
I came back about an hour ago from the 3:45 showing here in Toronto. I've seen the first two movies, and I have to say I'm glad they brought back Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy; the second film just wasn't quite the same without those two. Lucian is the character you love to sympathize for and Viktor is the character you love to hate.I'm so very glad the story was more focused on Lucian as it's a nice change from Selene and Michael being in the spotlight not to mention Michael Sheen's arguably superior acting ability . As for Rhona Mitra, I won't say she was better <more>
than Kate Beckinsale but I can't say she was any less of an asset. Not only did she look great, but she executed her lines superbly. I will however say that I find Sonja's character much more interesting than Selene's. The chemistry between Lucian and Sonja was much better than that of the chemistry between Michael and Selene.The story was much more intriguing, emotional and tragic than that of either of the previous two expeditions this being of course subjective , as many who recall the flashbacks presented within will agree. It was also faithful to the material, and it's good that they didn't compromise for the sake of "improving" the story.Overall, I can't think of another prequel that brought such raw emotion to the table, and regardless of the fact that Len Wiseman was not directing this one though he was at the helm in other ways , you wouldn't know by watching it as it did a good job maintaining the same feel as the first two. The score also added to a lot of the emotion.In regards to the possibility of a 4th movie: if they choose to continue on from this prequel as I think they should, they should bring in Amelia as she is one of the few characters that has yet to be explored fully.
What I wanted...I wanted an epically filmed visceral movie wherein thousands of Lycans are pitted against thousands of Vampires in full armor on horseback. Wow! What a great movie THAT would have been.What I got...was somehow...better. I honestly can't say that I'm disappointed, although I just KNEW I would be if they left off that bit. What they give us is story-driven rather than effects or action-driven. I know that sounds ridiculous when talking about a movie in which action and effects are completely necessary in order to properly tell the story, but in all too many cases, they <more>
end up overshadowing the story and eliminating any sense of storytelling. I am happy to say that such is not the case with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.I won't spoil the movie as so many have. I will say that the obvious parallels between Sonja and Selene's characters are endearing, and Sonja's love of Lucien is breathtaking. The overall feel of the movie is as dark and Gothic as the original work, beautifully echoing the brilliance of that film which caught us so by surprise in September of 2003.This still leaves a few small questions, and I would have loved to see Kraven make the deal with Lucien and cut Viktor's mark off of him, but you can't have everything, and all in all, this will run back to front with the original. All that's left now, is an extension of the Story of Underworld: Evolution; one that either gives the viewers a satisfactory ending, or perpetuates the species...of Underworld films, that is.All in all? This ROCKS! It rates an 8.4/10 from...the Fiend :.