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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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Jan 23, 2009
Grade:
A+
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 33 Minutes

Going back centuries before the first two Underworld films, Rise of the Lycans tells the story of how the war between the Vampires and the Lycans began.

Rise of the Lycans, in my opinion, is the strongest of the series of Underworld films, probably because the film takes place long before cool was ever a factor. The first two films do a lot to punctuate the fact that certain things are very hip; dropping from great heights and walking away very nonchalant, wearing tight leather outfits, always looking straight into the camera when going vamp to point out the coolness of the florescent blue eyes. It was all overkill to me. New director Patrick Tatopoulos is not at all free from guilt for such moments, though not many, but the film is more fluid and has a more serious edge to it. Hardly anything seems done for cosmetic purposes and with Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen at the forefront there isn’t a need for the very bad dialogue that occurs throughout the series. Nighy plays malicious and evil to perfection and Michael Sheen does well in his part as the anti-hero creating sympathy and adrenaline as you watch.  You want an action period piece that’s what your going to get. The action scenes unfortunately go with the new school mindset making everything very sporadic and hard to follow, which some might point out is a tool to show the ferocity and speed in which the combatants take part in, but with the scenes being so dark its almost a waste. I really enjoyed this film a lot more then I thought I would even though you get the gist of what is coming if you’ve seen the first two films, but it’s a really great escapism feature that you wont regret spending your money on. Enjoy. 

 

AJ Garcia
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