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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

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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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Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Underworld 3  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£990,285 (UK) (23 January 2009)


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

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Did You Know?


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


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User Reviews

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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