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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  23 January 2009 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Brophy ...
Alex Carroll ...
Young Lucian (as Alexander Carroll)
Jason Hood ...
Timothy Raby ...
Janosh (as Tim Raby)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every war has a beginning.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Underworld 3  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£990,285 (UK) (23 January 2009)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming this movie, Michael Sheen was asked by Ron Howard if he could record a quick moment of dialog for Frost/Nixon (2008). Sheen, covered in fake blood from the days filming, went to his trailer and recorded the dialog, he asked someone to take a picture of him doing it and sent it to Ron Howard, who had it framed and displayed. See more »


After Lucian's final fight with Viktor, he steps out on the ledge above all the Lycans. They are all clothed like they were before the battle started. When they transformed into their wolf forms, all their clothes would have been ripped off. See more »


Coloman: He is much of a disease as William's Pestilence. You need to bring your pet back.
Viktor: Thank you Coloman, The Obvious escaped me! I do not need to lift a finger, Lucian will return of his own free will. I have something he wants
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Followed by Underworld: Endless War (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

WoW...Better then expected in all areas
27 January 2009 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

I was hoping it would be good yet I didn't expect it to be 'this' good.

Honestly, this was 'so' well paced. Actually got me anxious, and thats a bit of a rarity. And in a good way.

First off the story was very interesting from start to finish and the script very well crafted. All of the elements... Love, machismo, heroic, underdog, special abilities, honor, suspense, scandal, comradeship, good vs bad just so many elements. However the difference with this film is they were all intertwined so well. Not the usual 'chemistry cocktail' roll of the dice.

The cinematic hat trick... acting, directing and the written story itself all melted like cheese on a hot Philly steak.

I understand the "Category" this film falls near however, over all very well crafted. Some other "Film Makers" should take a few lessons.

I hope there's another.

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