Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

2009 brings us with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans the 3rd part of the series that shows us the origins of the war that ravaged throw centuries. The movie starts 20 years after the war started between Vampires and Werewolves, the 2 factions are split and fierce enemies being the first of their kind each had their own special abilities. The werewolves were an infectious breed that once you got bitten you would transform and you could never change into human form again, while the vampires could not walk in the daylight.

Viktor, played by Bill Nighy, an elder in the vampire clan started to build up his army to counter this growing threat and during this war he encountered a boy being born from a werewolf and although every fiber of his body told him to kill the boy he could not do it, instead he enslaved the boy, trained him and thus a new breed was born, the lycans half werewolf half man they could change form when they desired. The boy was named Lucian and he was the first of his species, from his blood victor made more to use as his personal guard during daylight and enslave to do all the hard labor.

From here the movie brings you with different plots within and outside the Vampire family, Viktors daughter Sonja, played by the beautifully Rhona Mitra as she grows she gets fond of Lucian and thus a romance story evolves between them. Although it is being kept in the outmost secrecy their secret will be found out, fact that will lead to Lucian attempt to escape with all his brothers from the domination of the vampires. The escape plan did not when according to plan and only a hand few escaped with Lucian, Sonja remaining behind. After finding out of Sonja deception to her own kin the elders voted that she must be executed, the news reaching Lucian also. As you can imagine Lucian gathers troops to assault the vampire stronghold also he makes an alliance with the werewolf’s since it seems they were obedient to him, sensing that he is different than the others. What follows is a total war between the vampires and lycans , full of blood, gore, and action and all hell breaks loose when Sonja is executed in front of Lucian eyes. The action is depicted in the vampires stronghold and the sets are nicely made although sometimes you will get bored with the same background over and over. Thus the director tried to combine love also into the movie but still as a main feature the action part will always be present there and the gore element is always around the corner in this movie.

All in all Underworlds: Rise of the Lycans is a nice movie to enjoy in your spare time if you have 92 min to indulge in a fantasy action movie but don’t expect to be amazed by it .

Rated: R
Runtime: 1 min 33 secs
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Theatrical Release:Jan 23, 2009 Wide
Box Office: $45,802,315

Starring: Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride
Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
Story: Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride
Screenwriter: Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain
Composer: Paul Haslinger
Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Len Wiseman, Richard Wright
Studio: Screen Gems

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