Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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Posted: Fri Jan 23 2009

A pointless stand-alone prequel to Len Wiseman’s vampire/werewolf movies, ham-fistedly helmed by sfx creator turned first-time director Patrick Tatopoulos, who should hang on to his day job. The digital video images are blurry, the fight scenes messy, the editing jerky, and the derivative plot absurdly overwrought (‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Spartacus’?).

A millennium before his death at the end of ‘Underworld’, Michael Sheen’s love-struck Lycan, Lucian falls for Sonja (slab-faced ‘Doomsday’ star Rhona Mitra), the rebellious daughter of vampire leader Viktor (Bill Nighy). If their illicit cross-species love affair is discovered, Sonja is toast, so the half-human Lucian embraces his suppressed blood-lust, unleashes his inner beast, and leads a Lycan slave revolt.

Set-bound and sluggish, this relies far too heavily on spasmodic bursts of bloodletting and variable CGI effects. If it is worth seeing at all, it is for the sterling contributions of its three leading British thesps: Nighy’s ham-on-wry imperiousness, Sheen’s straggle-haired ferocity, and Stephen Macintosh’s quietly effective turn as the sneakily ambitious archivist Tannis.
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Marsellus

Probably my least favourite of all the Underworld films due to a distinct lack of Beckinsale and 'those trousers'. I enjoyed seeing 'Tony Blair' as the lead wolf dude Lucian. Agree with the Time Out review about the overuse of CGI and artificial sets. Could the producers not spend a bit of extra money and film in a real castle or forest?? Anyway, after watching this film I actually think it might be best for new viewers to see this first and then follow it with the other Underworld films. That way, Lucian will be viewed as a good guy in the first film because you will understand his backstory. Still, I'm probably overthinking it... it's only Underworld.

Shane

What more do I want? How about a good butt-fucking movie? I'm paying 9 dollars, jesus.

danny

really good film blood at some parts doesnt luk good but it works!! but dont see this film if you havent seen the last two or u will just get confused and not understand the story but if uve seen the last 2 underworlds i recoment it the film is great , actors performed extremely well , especially lucian .. 4 star rating from me :)

danny

really good film blood at some parts doesnt luk good but it works!! but dont see this film if you havent seen the last two or u will just get confused and not understand the story but if uve seen the last 2 underworlds i recoment it the film is great , actors performed extremely well , especially lucian .. 4 star rating from me :)

marc

i think that the prodominant issue that alot of critics forget when slamming a film like this one , is that its a prelude and should be watched with each of the other films in mind. and it works and it works well. the level of continuity carried on from the final 2 films is commendable. its rare to find in the film industry when that they keep characters regardles of the size of their role comeback and relating to single lines in a script to which scenes can be derived from. although not perfect some things were missing but forgivable. the creators of this film suceeded in making a film that starts the story for all the underworlds. lets not forget that the underworld films was never made with a triloigy in mind due to budgets but have managed over the years to keep pulling it out of the bag well done

marc

i think that the prodominant issue that alot of critics forget when slamming a film like this one , is that its a prelude and should be watched with each of the other films in mind. and it works and it works well. the level of continuity carried on from the final 2 films is commendable. its rare to find in the film industry when that they keep characters regardles of the size of their role comeback and relating to single lines in a script to which scenes can be derived from. although not perfect some things were missing but forgivable. the creators of this film suceeded in making a film that starts the story for all the underworlds. lets not forget that the underworld films was never made with a triloigy in mind due to budgets but have managed over the years to keep pulling it out of the bag well done

moody

these ppl that are negative about the film beats me why u even went to see it??? if all u wanted to do is critasize it!! it was beta than the 1st 2 imo

moody

these ppl that are negative about the film beats me why u even went to see it??? if all u wanted to do is critasize it!! it was beta than the 1st 2 imo

usman khawaja

they try to give this a haunting look with dark mean characters and plot twists which become inadvertently comic , it is neither entertaining nor arty but rather tiresome which you watch expecting something worthwhile will raise its head to intrigue you but what you get is a rather poorly scripted ,mediocre attempt at a werewolf vampire genre with unconvincing action , it had promise with its ambiant start though sheen is miscast as a action superhero , so is the female lead and they have no chemistry together ,which was what saved twilight alone. the only person worthy to watch is bill nighy as he brings a cold malicious poignance to his character but he alone is not enough to intrigue me to ever go near this movie again , after all cinema is more then one man carrying a show and everyone else was rather uninterested and it showed on the screen with a mediocre product and rather a non existent plot borrowed from some great classics of past

wendy brooks

I am a girl and while there was quite a lot of blood thirsty fighting during this film the story was absolutely brilliant and I would definitely watch it again. Total through and through action

wendy brooks

I am a girl and while there was quite a lot of blood thirsty fighting during this film the story was absolutely brilliant and I would definitely watch it again. Total through and through action

moody

i thought it was gr8....action packed and instead of seeing more vampires like 1 & 2 u got too see more lycans witch was cool! we really enjoyed it ;) im deffo gtn it when it comes out on dvd :) if u liked the first 2 films [of underworld] yr love this 3rd one ;)

moody

i thought it was gr8....action packed and instead of seeing more vampires like 1 & 2 u got too see more lycans witch was cool! we really enjoyed it ;) im deffo gtn it when it comes out on dvd :) if u liked the first 2 films [of underworld] yr love this 3rd one ;)

keith bishop

hi watched this film and although not sure about not having kate in it wqas a great film story line good lots of what u'd exspect from an underworld film come on you reviewers give this film the score it shpould have 10/10

keith bishop

hi watched this film and although not sure about not having kate in it wqas a great film story line good lots of what u'd exspect from an underworld film come on you reviewers give this film the score it shpould have 10/10

Steve

Like Katy-Ann I as in 2 minds as to go and see this film based on the review and comments, however I am glad I trusted my instincts, really enjoyed it, it was dark, gothic, lots of blood, I thought the CGI was very well done, definatly recommend it

katy-ann

i was really worried about watching this film after reading previous reviews, but i have to say it was fantastic action packed all the way through!!!! would watch again and would definatley buy on dvd.

katy-ann

i was really worried about watching this film after reading previous reviews, but i have to say it was fantastic action packed all the way through!!!! would watch again and would definatley buy on dvd.