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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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½ December 2, 2016
The worst of the Underworlds. Archaic setting and overly long and talky.
½ November 28, 2016
Contra todos los pronósticos, la tercera entrega de "Underworld" (sin el protagonismo de Kate Beckinsale y Scott Speedman), es una mejora de las anteriores entregas. Esta precuela nos cuenta la trágica historia de amor entre Mitra, la hija del Señor de los Vampiros y Lucian, el Señor de los Lycans. Ayuda muchísimo que los secundarios aquí se conviertan en protagonistas y que ellos sean Bill Nighy y Michael Sheen. Pero no se deje engañar... la saga de "Underworld" no tiene remedio.
½ November 17, 2016
**** 4 stars. Critics invoke Romeo & Juliet when reviewing this film as some kind of fault with the story. That classic story line has been used often to great effect. Folks need to take this film for what it is. That is, a vampire/werewolf fantasy. I liked the first two films and feel that this one is the best of the trilogy. Non scifi/fantasy critics usually always pan this kind of film. But fans of this genre will like this film.
November 7, 2016
Really liked it great story and full of action
November 2, 2016
good start to get the storytelling in it's way to how the battle began and who wanted to kill who to have power.
October 30, 2016
An entertaining prequel thanks to Michael Sheen's commanding yet self aware performance
½ October 29, 2016
Better than the two films that preceded it, due mostly to the two leads. Still not a particular good movie by any stretch but harmlessly straightforward and fun for fans of vampires and werewolves.
September 13, 2016
TV bad movie quality.
August 16, 2016
I'm guessing this film franchise was a moderate hit for its time and this spinoff isn't bad for something made in (2009) but it didn't really wow me but it was solid enough I guess as a filler, but Michael Sheens acting is commendable.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2016
A very good prequel with the original cast which makes a change I enjoyed it just as much as the others, allot of blood and sliced throats in this one, Sheen does a good job in a even better film.
½ July 25, 2016
Really Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Acting and Atrocious CGI They were all Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad My father said so himself it's Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad And the worst underworld there is even if i haven't seen it i just felt like reviewing it because it's so Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad.

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½ July 6, 2016
Ooooh! Can't wait!!

Kinda bummed they're making Sonja out as a prototype for Selene.
Wasn't she blond in the first movie?
Super Reviewer
½ May 16, 2016
Yeah, it's screenplay is mercifully simple but the entire plot of this movie was already covered in about 10 minutes of murky flashbacks in the first "Underworld".
April 13, 2016
A strong cast and an intriguing medieval setting make Rise of the Lycans the best installment so far.
½ March 25, 2016
A prequel story that's not bad, but not great either.
½ February 29, 2016
Underworld: Rise of the Lycan's shows how this war began between Vampires and Lycan's. The story is thrilling and dark and it plays into Underworld one and two very well. The cast is great and CG and action scenes are surprisingly well done. It's a enjoyable film if you liked the previous films.
½ February 28, 2016
Picking the already scavenged bones of the overblown fantasy-horror hybrid franchise, Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans is pedestrian at best. Depicting a story of a Romeo-and-Juliet style forbidden love between a bloodsucking vampire and shape-shifting werewolf portrayed in a distinctly cartoonish and decidedly flat tone.

Illuminating and expanding on the series' widely convoluted mythology, this goth-horror threequel with it borderline-incoherent tangents invalidates everything in the previously established narrative.

Set somewhere (perhaps in Eastern Europe), steeped in dark ages atmosphere, the film focuses on further explaining the adequately declared back-story behind the war waging for generations between Death-dealers (vampires) and Lycans (werewolves).

Aristocratic ubervamp overlord Viktor (Played by the decidedly camp Bill Nighy) is confronted with the birth of a humanized werewolf child Lucian (Michael Sheen).

Viktor's first impulse is to destroy the child. However realizing the potential to utilize the child's blood and further breed a race of controllable slaves, Lucian is spared and kept as Viktor's favorite pet and dog's body.

Lucian and his reared in captivity enslaved brood are forced to obey, prevented to morph into their animalistic counterparts by "moonshakles" metal collars fitting of their station they carry out slave works on behalf of their vampire masters.

Forgiven his breed, Lucian is granted to lead a privileged life under the light of Viktor's affections. Lucian working as a blacksmith with his clan of purpose farmed servants forges the weaponry used to kill his uncontrollable brethren, the marauding werewolves prowling the woods outside the fortified castles walls.

In a fateful mistake, Lucian forgets his place and pursues a cross-species illicitly torrid love affair with Viktor's dashing and wilful daughter, Sonja (Rhona Mitra). As formidable resistance warrior and member of the vampire high council, Sonja and Lucian are forced to keep their union hidden in shallow pleasures.

Plans for the duo to escape are exposed when one day (sorry night) defying both Viktor's orders and Lucian's advice, headstrong Sonja proceeds with her duties and leads a team outside the fortress in routine lycan servant exchange.

Feeling the upsurge of his breeds power, Lucian is forced to break free the shackles to aid is love before the uncontrollable jaw snapping werewolves of the forest begin to feeding indiscriminately on the flesh of the living and undead alike.

Exposing both his method of escape and his ability to reason with the uncontrollable outsiders, Lucian falls from Viktor's favour and consequently stripped of his privileges. Thrown, like the rest of the animals, into underground confinement. Lucian devises an uprising of the underdogs in a vain attempt to both protect his beloved and free his kind.

Sadly, this is the point where the lacklustre storyline becomes tedious by completely losing visual cohesion with overabundant goofy fur-blur CGI, incoherently chaotic action sequencing and needless sword-and-sorcery shenanigans.

Utilising a muted palette of cobalt blue and slate grey that gave the other films such a cold and antiseptic feel this one is left gloomy, muddy and bland. The single injection of striking blue colour used to emphasise Nighy's soulless eyes has a cartoonish feel and borders on silly.

Nighy and Sheen have done themselves minimal favours in this film. The irrelevant talky stretches attempt to cash in on their respected thespian flair but considering the style of film and target audience lacks necessity.

Consistent with the earlier editions, Nighy continues his twitching glares through his utterly camp delivery and spits every syllable of the ludicrous dialogue with relish. Sheens over use of alarming faces is as instantly forgettable as the dark and dull cardboard set designs.

Mitra brings an undeniable screen presence to the character Sonja. Surprisingly she holds her own against the pleather clad memory of previous lead female Selene carved by Kate Beckinsale. Although well acted Mitra is unable to inject life into the love between Sonja and Lucian who have virtually no onscreen chemistry.

Diminishing the grandeur of its S&M style predecessors, Underworld 3's direct-to-video ho-hum style fails to hold audiences with its stilted and bland dialogue, donky-kong action sequences, awkward camera angles and labyrinthine plotting.

The Verdict: Bucking the trend of frenzied urban shoot-outs in dingy grey modern cities, Underworld 3 steps away form the formulaic style of its predecessors and falls flat. This movie leaves you with the same basic feeling as buying a rubber mallet and striking yourself repeatedly until you begin to black out. No wait that would have made for a more interesting evening.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 09/02/2009
½ February 21, 2016
I like it. The character chemistry was good, the way they portrayed the vampires was done well. It was compelling, thrilling and stayed in the lines of the original underworlds (unlike Underworld awakening).
½ February 17, 2016
I love this movie and watch it all the time :-)
½ February 2, 2016
The first two Underworld films made mention of the centuries-old origin of the vampire/werewolf war through expositional backstory and some murky flashbacks. With this third movie, a mediocre and pointless prequel, you get to relive it for 93 minutes.
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