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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.


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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,802,315, 1 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,353,501, 1 March 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One can notice several cases of lycans/werewolves losing only the top half of their head in "Rise of the Lycans". This is due to the special effects crew re-using the cosmetics used for William in "Evolution", who was gruesomely slain in the same way. See more »

Goofs

(at around 32 mins) When the offers of silver are brought before Viktor, it's quite apparent that they're hollow as the actors can carry them with ease. Silver is a very dense metal (10.49g/cm^3) and even if the silver of the coins was watered down, the boxes would each weigh in excess of 50kg (or 110lbs - the weight of a fully grown [and fairly slim] woman). See more »

Quotes

Coloman: He is much of a disease as William's Pestilence. You need to bring your pet back.
Viktor: Thank you Coloman, The Obvious escaped me! I do not need to lift a finger, Lucian will return of his own free will. I have something he wants
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Followed by Underworld: Blood Wars (2016) See more »

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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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Best prequel I've seen and worthy successor
23 January 2009 | by overcrest2000See 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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