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Dracula Untold (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 10 October 2014 (USA)
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As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

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Gary Shore

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Matt Sazama (screenplay), Burk Sharpless (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Evans ... Vlad
Sarah Gadon ... Mirena
Dominic Cooper ... Mehmed
Art Parkinson ... Ingeras
Charles Dance ... Master Vampire
Diarmaid Murtagh ... Dumitru
Paul Kaye ... Brother Lucian
William Houston ... Cazan
Noah Huntley ... Captain Petru
Ronan Vibert ... Simion
Zach McGowan ... Shkelgim
Ferdinand Kingsley ... Hamza Bey
Joseph Long ... General Omer
Thor Kristjansson ... Bright Eyes
Jakub Gierszal ... Acemi
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. Written by Blue_EagleUK

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The Legend Is Born See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula Year Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,514,615, 10 October 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,280,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,124,280
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist, a list of the most liked unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

While in the armory in the monastery Vlad walks through a beam of light and doesn't burn. See more »

Quotes

Vlad: Men don't fear swords. They fear monsters.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Creed and Victor Frankenstein (2015) See more »

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Enough to entertain, but fail to dramatize...
4 October 2014 | by edwardanthony9See all my reviews

It's always intriguing with an origin story, because it allows viewers to experience the change, in this case the man who will then become the monster we know as Dracula. This film did just enough on that part, while being sufficiently entertaining as an action flick. But it came with many minor flaws, one that culminates in a less overall dramatic experience.

On the good part, the action sequences were great, supported by some well worked visual effects. The cast is also brilliant, most notably Luke Evans and Charles Dance. Dominic Cooper portrayed a bad guy for the second time this year, and though he can perform, he never really looked the menacing villain. He never felt like a threat and neither was his men, so there was little suspense throughout the film. There was more suspense towards the very end, but it did not culminate in a fight, promptly ending the movie in it's rather short running time.

As an untold story, it's good to see the reasons and the set up as to how this man had to become the monster, yet it was not properly explored. The case was that Vlad was supposed to resist the temptation of human blood, but it was never explored in depth except for one initial moment. It could have been more dramatic if more scenes show of his struggle, and then maybe along with the repercussions that he may be hurting his own family because of this, which will ultimately be way more dramatic. Several other details like this were not properly explored, which made it a rather straightforward story, enough to make the plot move, but not to make it a dramatic experience.

VERDICT:

Good: Great action sequences, Decent visual effects, Excellent cast

Bad: Many minor flaws in the plot, Little suspense

SCORE: 6.5

(blockbusted9.blogspot.com)


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