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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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Last chapter. Vampires and Lycans regain original forces to create a new species of half breeds created by Alexander Corvinus. Michael regains his memories and searches for Selene and his ... See full summary »

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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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Box Office

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

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 »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Sonja is riding out to greet the human nobles and receives her "sharpened" sword from Lucian, you can see she doesn't know how to properly wear/carry the sword while on horseback and the sword actually falls out of it's scabbard. There is a quick cell-change as this happens and the sword magically puts itself back in the scabbard and rights itself. See more »

Quotes

Lucian: If I were to leave from here, would you come with me?
Sonja: Leave? Do not say that, do not even think it. My father would have you hunted down and marked like all the others.
Lucian: [Talking about his collar] Not if I can remove this.
Lucian: Look
[Shows her a key]
Lucian: I made it myself. This will be my freedom.
Sonja: Lucian, promise me you will not use it. Please!
Lucian: Is that your answer, then? You will not come with me, so you want me to stay here for you? Like this? Like an animal?
Sonja: Lucian!
Lucian: Vampire and Lycan, we are both the ...
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Connections

References The Rock (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Underneath the Stars (Renholdër Remix)
Performed by The Cure featuring Maynard James Keenan/Puscifer and Milla Jovovich (as Milla)
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Best prequel I've seen and worthy successor
23 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

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 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.


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