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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Every war has a beginning.


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Rated R for bloody violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Underworld 3  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£990,285 (UK) (23 January 2009)

Gross:

$45,802,315 (USA) (27 February 2009)
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when werewolves climb the wall and attack the vampire guards. See more »

Goofs

Several of the slaves that were bitten by one of Viktor's Lycans take part in the assault on the castle, although they were bitten at least 3 days before they do not change in the light of the full moon. In the original Underworld film it was stated the only the older Lycans could change at will and resist the influence of the moon. See more »

Quotes

Viktor: [Noticing Raze fighting being bitten by a Lycan] Do you not realize that what I am giving you is a gift?
Raze: It's a curse!
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.19 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Board Up the House (Renholder Remix)
Written by William Jordan, Mookie Singleman, Michael Sochynsky
Performed by Genghis Tron
Courtesy of Relapse Records
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30 January 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

The series continues to entertain, but also not quite succeeding in winning me over. To be honest, if it hadn't been for the return of Raze, I might not have given this a chance at all; Kevin Grevioux is just plain a bad-ass. That's his *real voice*! Seriously, listen to interviews with him. While I would have liked more of him in this, I'm honest enough to admit that the entire 80 minute running time could have had him in every shot, and I'd still be saying that it's not enough. For Tatopoulos having relatively little experience at directing(I guess he got tired of being consultant for when giant mutated lizards attack), he does rather well. And this definitely has a *gorgeous* Gothic look, and the dark tone of the first two. The cinematography and editing are great, and the use of hand-held is effective, although several bits go by so fast that you can't tell what is going on. Nearly every(and certainly every lead) performance is impressive; Sheen continues the stellar work, Nighy(apart from being over the top at points) is marvelous, of course, and I wouldn't mind seeing Mitra be the lead in something else. I hadn't seen her in this large a part before, and she does well. The action is cool, intense and fun; of course, given that this is a prequel, you may miss the shoot-outs and car-chases of the prior 2 entries. With that said, the sword-fighting is great. The FX are excellent, and smoothly integrated. To its credit, at its core, this is a story about slaves rising up against their masters, and it does engage pretty well. There is plenty of brutal, bloody violence, a little sexuality(hot, though not graphic; and this has eye candy for both genders) and brief male, infant nudity in this. The DVD comes with an informative and amusing commentary track, three well-done featurettes of 9, 20 and 13 minutes length, respectively, a music video and a handful of trailers. I recommend this to any fan of the franchise(and this is best watched after the others). 7/10


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