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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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Patrick Tatopoulos

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Danny McBride (screenplay), Dirk Blackman (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sheen ... Lucian
Bill Nighy ... Viktor
Rhona Mitra ... Sonja
Steven Mackintosh ... Tannis
Kevin Grevioux ... Raze
David Aston ... Coloman
Geraldine Brophy ... Nobleman's Wife
Leighton Cardno Leighton Cardno ... Fearful Lycan
Alex Carroll Alex Carroll ... Young Lucian (as Alexander Carroll)
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Orsova
Jason Hood Jason Hood ... Death Dealer
Mark Mitchinson ... Nobleman
Tania Nolan ... Luka
Craig Parker ... Sabas
Timothy Raby Timothy Raby ... Janosh (as Tim Raby)
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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. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Underworld Prequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,828,511, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$45,802,315

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,353,501
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

No mention is made of Lucian's father in the movie. His mother is shown as a werewolf, so there are two possibilities: (1) Lucian's father was another werewolf, and Lucian is simply a mutant, or (2) Lucian's mother was human but got bitten and turned into a werewolf while she was still pregnant, making Lucian half-human and half-wolf (Lycan). Most viewers favor the second possibility. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 21 mins) After Lucian's final fight with Viktor, he steps out on the ledge above all the Lycans. They are all clothed like they were before the battle started. When they transformed into their wolf forms, all their clothes would have been ripped off. See more »

Quotes

Coloman: The accused has committed high treason against the coven! She has consorted with animals, she has abetted in their escape...
Sonja: I have saved this coven many times over!
Coloman: You have killed your own kind! And you've commingled bloodlines, resulting in the thing germinating within you. Your past glory does not excuse your present guilt,neither does your station as a council member. The punishment for these crimes is death, how vote you?
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Steal My Romance
Written by Aaron Robinson
Performed by Ghosts On The Radio
Produced by Sean Gordon (uncredited)
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All in all? This ROCKS!
24 January 2009 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

What I wanted...I wanted an epically filmed visceral movie wherein thousands of Lycans are pitted against thousands of Vampires in full armor on horseback. Wow! What a great movie THAT would have been.

What I got...was somehow...better. I honestly can't say that I'm disappointed, although I just KNEW I would be if they left off that bit. What they give us is story-driven rather than effects or action-driven. I know that sounds ridiculous when talking about a movie in which action and effects are completely necessary in order to properly tell the story, but in all too many cases, they end up overshadowing the story and eliminating any sense of storytelling. I am happy to say that such is not the case with Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

I won't spoil the movie as so many have. I will say that the obvious parallels between Sonja and Selene's characters are endearing, and Sonja's love of Lucien is breathtaking. The overall feel of the movie is as dark and Gothic as the original work, beautifully echoing the brilliance of that film which caught us so by surprise in September of 2003.

This still leaves a few small questions, and I would have loved to see Kraven make the deal with Lucien and cut Viktor's mark off of him, but you can't have everything, and all in all, this will run back to front with the original. All that's left now, is an extension of the Story of Underworld: Evolution; one that either gives the viewers a satisfactory ending, or perpetuates the species...of Underworld films, that is.

All in all? This ROCKS!

It rates an 8.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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