Teenager, Darren Shan, meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.
John C. Reilly,
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
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 »
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 »
The GOOD: The storyline is great. It's a very appropriate prequel for the Underwolrd series. DEFINITELY for fans, and also for anyone that want to start getting into the series. There's a BONUS at the end.
The acting is believable and somehow very emotional. Although, nothing Oscar-worthy, it's really worthy of your time.
The special effect is quite amazing. Looks like those 1980's horror flick. Very classic, in a way.
The tone is everything! I really love the moody tone of the movie. Very effective in this type of movies.
The BAD: Although I mentioned some goods there are a few bads. Everything just wasn't enough.
The castle looks very small. Hence, really takes away the epic feeling to it.
The war was also quite small. Walking into the theater, I was hoping for an epic war between the Vampire and the Lycans. But no, the fight focuses on the main characters.
I was also expecting more for the special effects and costumes. Especially in this era of movie-making. The filmmakers should've gone a step further in bringing us the realism of the picture.
OVERALL: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a great movie to catch. Full of drama and action. Definitely worth the money and time, especially for fans.
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