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Centuries before the events of the first two Underworld films, lycan
(werewolf) Lucian (Michael Sheen) was in love with Sonja (Rhona Mitra),
the daughter of the ruler of the vampires, Viktor (Bill Nighy). Their
unity brought with it the rise of the enslaved lycans, leading to the
war that we've all become well acquainted with in the present story.
Going back and telling this story is a little confusing to me. From a marketing standpoint, I find it odd that they would make an Underworld film without Kate Beckinsale. From a storytelling perspective, I don't see the point in it existing at all. We already saw this story in flashbacks and it was impactful at the time. Drawing it out and telling every little detail gets kind of boring as it goes on. It takes a lot of emotion out of a story like this when we already know exactly how it ends. It's also a pretty generic story they went with, hitting beat-for-beat everything you're expecting.
That being said, the emotion does work when you think of the film as its own thing. It's a tragic love story in somewhat of the vain of Romeo and Juliet, only it's with vampires and werewolves and that makes it so much more awesome. The chemistry between Lucian and Sonja works, but the chemistry between the two of them and Viktor is even better. I love seeing Nighy get a bigger role in one of these films because he seems to love making them. Viktor is way over the top in the best way possible, yelling and screaming and being a generally fierce antagonist. If you loved him in the first movie like I did then you'll really love seeing him throughout this whole film.
I wish I could say the action was as good as in the first two films. While it is, from a gore perspective, it's all shot way too close and it's hard to tell what's going on half the time. There's even a fight near the end of the film that takes place during a lightning storm and the flashing lights mixed with the close up shots make it pretty much impossible to see anything. They also use some effects more than once and that sort of cheapens them a bit. It's all still on a much lower budget than it wants to be but it does an okay job making up for it. They just could have done a better job staging everything and getting the camera in the right place.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is not a necessary story in the Underworld series, but it's one worth checking out if you like the others. It may not be quite as exciting as the first two but Michael Sheen's and Bill Nighy's performances make up for it.
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Well this is the third in the series and it goes back to the dark ages
to chronicle the beginnings of the war between the vampires and the
werewolves. At this time the werewolves are pretty much animals in that
once they turn they lose all vestiges of humanity and become little
more than animals. But there has arisen a werewolf that can change form
at will, Lucian (from the first movie), but the vampires fear their
supremacy and thus enslave this new breed of werewolf (known as the
Prequel movies can be difficult to make at best as there is always more difficulties with continuity, especially if one imports a bad guy from one of the earlier movies, which occur later in the time line. In Rise of the Lycans the antagonist is the elder vampire Victor (who is killed in the first movie) and the protagonist, along with Lucian, is his daughter Sonja. It is clear that Selene does not appear in this film as she became a vampire after Sonja's death (which occurs in this film).
The twist is that Sonja and Lucian are lovers, but it is a forbidden love, so they must keep it secret. However Sonja is out in the woods and is attacked by a werewolf pack. Lucian finds out about it, and rushes to save her, however he is prevented from turning into a werewolf due to a collar. He has managed to get a key, but he is forbidden from removing his collar, but he does so anyway to save Sonja's life. Instead of rewarding him for his act of bravery, he is punished. Thus, locked up with the other Lycans, he vows his revenge, and seeks freedom.
This film seems to try to be a lot more political than the other films, but I feel that it does fail somewhat. The Vampire Roleplaying game was originally designed to be one of political maneuverings, but the clan based structure, as well as the large population of vampires (and the elders generally hiding in the shadows) make it much more possible to create the political air. This film, however, it appears that there is really only one coven, and Victor sits at the top of the food chain. Thus while they try to be political, I believe they fail. However, it is difficult to outline a huge and complex history in a film that lasts for only an hour and a half.
Rise of the Lycans was somewhat more entertaining than the other films, but in any case, I still found it to be rather dry and lacking intrigue.
Now this is definitely the best in the Underworld series. Unlike the
first two, this movie held my attention from beginning to end. I
watched this with high expectations and they were met or even perhaps
This tells of the start of the war between the Lycans and the vampires. It's how one slave rallied the other Lycans to overcome their former masters.
The acting is the best. Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy are tremendous screen presences. Even that girl Rhona Mitra did a pretty good job.
Overall, this is the best in the Underworld series. There is more action and better acting. I just wish this was somewhat longer. I rate this film 9/10.
The Rise of the Lycons is the third installment of the underworld series and pretty much follows the same mould as the previous films.The biggest difference is that Kate Beckinsale is missing from this but thankfully we get a much larger dose of Michael Sheen and the wonderful Bill Nighy. Where as , the previous two films mix modern day technology with ancient technology , this is all set in the past and i think the film suffers a little because of that . I also feel the portrayal of the Lycon wolves is a little bit "Jason and the argonauts" and could have been done a little better. Still , at a pleasant 90 minutes , i enjoyed Rise of the Lycons and i look forward to the return of the PVC suit in the fourth installment that comes out in 2012.
The latest in the "Underworld" series, has revealed the secret that the
Vampires and the Lycans turned into an all-out war. In the first movie
it depicts the war for over 1,000 years between the vampires and the
Lycans in the modern period, in "Underworld: Revolution" it was the
story in 1202. The past secrets were revealed going through the series,
and this time it is played out medieval times depicting the beginning
of the war.
The story was back in over 1,000 years ago. The vampires have been carrying out an experiment on the lycans as slaves and they succeeded to create a wolf man with a human feature for their first time. At the time, the lycans was under control by the vampires as their slaves with cruel treatment. A beautiful daughter, who is the old man of the vampires - Viktor-, was saved her life by Lucian. Soon after they fell in love. Viktor discovered that they were secretly meet each other every now and then and love each other. He decides to execute her by death penalty from the anger of her betrayal. Lucian takes out his revenge against Viktor. This was the beginning of the all-out war for over 1,000 years afterward.
The previous two films were directed by Len Wiseman depicting the vampires viewpoint, however, this film directed by Patrick Tatopoulos was presented from the perspective of the lycans. I would sympathise the lycans rather than the vampires that the vampires treat cruelly the lycans like an animal and do an experiment on the lycans. Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) in the first film is exactly alike for Sonja (Rhona Mitra) as if Selene is Sonja's replica so that Viktor couldn't kill Selene when he made an attack her family by the lycans. Indeed, Sonja looks very similar of Selene in the movie. Lucian who was in the previous movie, played the same role by Michael Sheen in this film. Therefore, there is a consequence in the stories throughout the trilogy.
In the first film "Underworld", there were some funny contents in story such as a man will be the strongest when he was bitten by both a vampire and a lycan, or the vampires enjoy artificial bloods due to a mutually relationship between human and the vampires, or Viktor was paralysed in his old age when he was awake through over 1,000 timeless but he turned to be energetic feeding artificial bloods. But in this film, the degree of completion and consequence in the story will be at a satisfactory level. You will get the whole story at the end.
Prequels are always tricky ground to be treading, especially when the
movies they are trying to explain already told you everything you
needed to know. Such is the case with the third installment in the
moderately successful "Underworld" franchise, dubbed "Rise of the
As its title suggests, the movie tells the story of the betrayal and the raging war between the Lycans (a.k.a. Werewolves) and the vampires, as chronicled in the previous two "Underworld" installments. This time around, director Len Wiseman has stepped down, passing the reins to production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, who has done his time behind the scenes for this particular franchise, as well as an assortment of other blockbusters. Also missing in action is actress Kate Beckinsale who carried the previous films on her back, and although her absence is understandable given the story at hand, it is also sorely noticed.
To be fair, Tatopoulos brings a strong visual sense to his installment that fits in seamlessly with its predecessors. Some dodgy effects here and there do little to hinder the mood; instead, the plot which is as lame as it is drawn out, offers nothing to engage the viewer in once the visual panache wears thin. Likewise, the performances range from droning to over-done, making the movie feel kind of like a special effects soap opera.
"Rise of the Lycans" isn't exactly playing with a full deck of cards, and while it may appeal to the fans that can't get enough of the "Underworld" universe, it brings nothing to the table that hasn't already been said or done. Aside from looking good and not punishing us by being overly long, it's a wonder it made it to theaters when it clearly screams direct-to-video. Best viewed when you've watched the previous two films and can't get enough, or, if you simply like a good vampire/werewolf drama that isn't "Twilight."
Using the "Braveheart" theme in a "vampires vs. werewolves" setting
might hint at a lack of originality. Underworld 3 manages to pull of a
good looking, and enjoyable movie however.
Good performances, a story that moves along at an enjoyable pace, convincing sets, appropriate background music, and professional camera work allowed me to immerse myself in this movie and actually care what happened to the characters.
I'm not saying Underworld 3 is the best movie ever made, but it was definitely worthy entertainment for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Lots of gore, one unnecessarily long sex scene, and some pretty harsh displays cruelty make Underworld 3 a bad pick for kids (in my opinion).
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I have to say that this film delivers on all counts. The acting, the sets, the action, was all wonderful. I saw the first Underworld, and while I liked it, felt that it was not written well. We are just dumped into Selene and Michael's life without context. I also am not a fan of vampires and werewolves in a modern day setting. I did not see Underworld: Evolution, but I hear it was just AWFUL. Michael Sheen, Rhona Mitra, and Bill Nighy are all wonderful. I think Michael Sheen should have been nominated for an award for this role. The story, the character development, were just fantastic. The love story was developed very well, and while I figured that it was possible Sonja or Lucian would end up dead, I was still horrified at the ending. I wanted them both to escape so badly!
I kind of thought this movie sucked. The plot was pretty bad. Lucian,
whose half human and half wolf, is a slave of the head vampire, Viktor.
He's also having an affair with Viktor's daughter, Sonja, which of
course is forbidden. Then there was something about Lucian making a key
to unlock his collar, how did he make a key to do that? And way, that
is forbidden, so Viktor punishes him with beatings. Lucian and some
other prisoners escape and come back to the castle to rescue the others
and take Sonja with him.
The special effects were not good. They were shown without much light, making it hard to even tell what was happening. The blood was so fake. And the transformations from human to wolf were not creative. And why didn't the werewolves fight the vampires as a werewolf instead of human form. And the vampires never transformed into anything or even use their powers. It was silly.
FINAL VERDICT: Lousy story, I would skip it.
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Unnecessary prequel(..was there anyone who was crying aloud for another
film in the Underworld series?)has
Lycan(..half-human/half-beast)Lucian(Michael Sheen), a loyal slave /
blacksmith under the rule of aristocratic vampire race led by
Viktor(Bill Nighy), revolting against his masters, motivating his
brethren, in bondage as well, treated as animals, imprisoned and ready
for freedom. Lucian is in love with Viktor's daughter, Sonja(Rhona
Mitra)and vice versa, committing an affair behind his back when they
can find a chance..Lucian has a means to reach her room by way of an
access tunnel underneath his place of work. While Lucian and certain
human werewolves have their humanity, there's a pure blood race of
wolf-beasts which live in a huge cavern, picking off vampires and the
pure human "nobels" who the bloodsuckers need for nourishment(.."grass
they graze")on a well traveled road which leads to Viktor's castle. The
humans question Viktor's abilities to keep them safe after a werewolf
attack leaves many who accompanied them from their village dead(..the
humans mine silver for the vampires). Lucian, after saving Sonja's life
from a werewolf attack, is punished by Viktor for removing his
collar(..a silver collar keeps the Lycans from turning into beast
form)in order to keep her from perishing..it is established here that
Lucian has the ability to control the beasts, their listening to his
command. As is to be expected, Lucian and Sonja's affair will be
discovered, Lucian will be placed in prison and face certain death, and
the war between vampires and Lycans will be raged, the full blood
beasts finally unleashed on the bloodsuckers in a violent finale.
Forbidden love between two different races(..or families, think Romeo and Juliet) along with the rise of a browbeaten people against those who rule over them with an iron fist(Braveheart) are quite familiar themes and Underworld:Rise of the Lycans doesn't really tread any new ground regarding them. The film is edited so madly, and shot in such a dark and blue Gothic hue, the action sequences featuring the beasts attacking their enemy fail to generate the expected thrills..heavy dependence on CGI, which might explain why the filmmakers shoot the gory ultra-violence in such a way as to not call attention to how much the wolf-beasts look like monsters from a video game. The moon is giant and bright and shown quite often. Sheen gets a showy hero role, while Nighy fulfills his duties as a pompous vampire leader whose contempt for the Lycans evident in how he treats Lucian. Nighy seems to fashion his role in correlation with the kings in Europe, how the aristocracy frown upon those in a more unfortunate position, the Lycans merely peasants, cattle. Kevin Grevioux has a nice supporting role as a deep-voiced human slave who is turned into a Lycan, becoming Lucian's muscle, his lieutenant in their newly formed army. Mitra is cast appropriately as Sonja, resembling Kate Beckingsale quite a bit, her pouty lips and well defined figure ideal in a role that requires a certain type of sex appeal. The vampires wear blue eye contacts, their skin pale white, costumed as royals. Lucian is sweaty with plenty of chest hair, carrying a "wolf-like" appearance.
As is often the case when dealing with prequels, it's hard to build suspense when one knows that the villain and hero neither die because both show up in the other movies in the series.
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