Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Movie Review “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"

Michael Sheen as Lucian
Bill Nighty as Viktor
Rhona Mitra as Sonja
Steven Mackintosh as Tannis
Kevin Grevioux as Raze Short

Story Summary: Prequel to the first two Underworld films that tells the origin story of the Vampire-Lycan war.

Story: (10/10) The filmmakers did an excellent job finishing the origin story that was hinted at in first two films. The plot goes together flawlessly and fits with what we had already been told. When telling origin stories, it is very easy to make mistakes that does not fit with the continuity of the previous films. I am happy to say that this is not the case in “Rise of the Lycans”. Not only did they get the story right, they also made it very easy to understand and it is very easy to follow. Out of the three films this one definitely has the best written story.

Character/Cast: (8.5/10) No Kate Beckinsale this time around. Instead we get Rhona Mitra who is okay, but is not as good as Miss Beckinsale. It really does not matter though in terms of the story, as this time its Michael Sheen’s character Lucian who is the main protagonist of the film. He does a fine job and is much better than Scott Speedman, who is also absent from this film. Bill Nighty makes his return as Viktor, Kevin Grevioux returns as Raze, and you will recognize many other familiar faces. The acting is all top notch and they’re really none of the over the top acting that sometimes popped up in the previous movies.

Action: (10/10) The action is very well choreographed and does away with some of the annoyances of the other two “Underworlds”. No more slow-mo is a plus, as it was never really needed to start with. Weapons are not as advanced this time around, with the majority being swords, crossbows, and other arms of 13th century, the era that this film is set in. Who will however see a few weapons from the previous movies, the most recognizable being the throwing stars that Selene used.

Music: (7/10) The music was okay, but seemed to be mainly an orchestra playing during dramatic ( much like the first two films).

Visuals: (9.5/10) The setting for this film fits this type of movie much better than the modern setting used in the other films. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans keeps the gothic look and it fits very well with the new setting. I am happy to say that they toned down the blood this time around and they’re no mistakes made like the ones I mentioned in the Underworld: Evolution review. The creatures still look good and it is cool to see the vampires dressed in suits of amour. The only thing I saw wrong, that keeps this from getting a 10, is that the movie is a little too dark. It is not real bad, but sometimes I did have trouble seeing.

Conclusion: When I first saw this film, I did not really like it that much. After going back and watching it again though, I have to say that it’s probably the best in the series. I highly recommend checking this one out.(Well that is the last of the "Underworld" movies for now. I will be doing a review of the new one as soon as it comes out.)

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