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At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. Written by
The lines that Vlad quote at the end: why think separately of this life and the next when one is born from the last Are from the poem "Look at Love" by Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, a 13th century holy man and mystic. See more »
Various characters speak in Turkish during the movie, however the Turkish they speak is both heavily accented and often grammatically incorrect, making it obvious that they're not dubbed by native Turkish speakers. See more »
What is happening to you?
[Vlad cuts the tent open as his skin burns]
No! Stop it!
[as she pulls him to her]
May God strike down whoever did this to you!
I chose this!
This is the strength you sought? But why?
Because I sent corpses back to Mehmed, instead of our son.
You did this for us?
In two days, I'll be restored... I just have to resist.
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It's always intriguing with an origin story, because it allows viewers to experience the change, in this case the man who will then become the monster we know as Dracula. This film did just enough on that part, while being sufficiently entertaining as an action flick. But it came with many minor flaws, one that culminates in a less overall dramatic experience.
On the good part, the action sequences were great, supported by some well worked visual effects. The cast is also brilliant, most notably Luke Evans and Charles Dance. Dominic Cooper portrayed a bad guy for the second time this year, and though he can perform, he never really looked the menacing villain. He never felt like a threat and neither was his men, so there was little suspense throughout the film. There was more suspense towards the very end, but it did not culminate in a fight, promptly ending the movie in it's rather short running time.
As an untold story, it's good to see the reasons and the set up as to how this man had to become the monster, yet it was not properly explored. The case was that Vlad was supposed to resist the temptation of human blood, but it was never explored in depth except for one initial moment. It could have been more dramatic if more scenes show of his struggle, and then maybe along with the repercussions that he may be hurting his own family because of this, which will ultimately be way more dramatic. Several other details like this were not properly explored, which made it a rather straightforward story, enough to make the plot move, but not to make it a dramatic experience.
Good: Great action sequences, Decent visual effects, Excellent cast
Bad: Many minor flaws in the plot, Little suspense
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