Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

2009-03-31 09:02
 

What it's about:

The Lycans, a race of werewolves, revolt against their vampire masters after their leader, Lucian (Michael Sheen), is sentenced to die by the vampire king Viktor (Bill Nighy). But Lucian has left something behind: his lover, the vampire princess Sonja (Rhona Mitra). He attempts a daunting rescue that will ultimately pitch the Lycans and the vampires into eternal war.

What we thought of it:

Rise of the Lycans, a prequel to the original Underworld and its sequel, is meant to enrich the history of everyone’s second favourite modern vampire saga (after Blade). There is an evident wealth of fan service in Lycans, but where it struggles is as a stand-alone film.

While attempting a massive spectacle of fantasy, Lycans just doesn’t seem to have the budget or know-how to follow through on its promise. The many fights and battles for instance, are a showcase of incredibly frenetic editing. Seventy inter-linked flashes of fur and steel is not what I call an action movie. The results are less than entertaining, and, who knows, perhaps epileptic fit-inducing.

But Lycans doesn’t only aim for action lovers. No, Twilight has proven the public’s appetite for supernatural romance and no doubt that’s why the stunning Rhona Mitra has been cast as Sonja. One slight problem: the sultry Mitra’s bee-stung lips don’t lend themselves to faux fangs, which make her look as if she's making a silly face. If she could cross her eyes just a bit, she’d have the Face Pulling World Cup in the bag.

Seriously, fantasy has perhaps suffered, rather than gained from the popularity of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now every Tom, Dick and Harry in Hollywood is trying to make money by appealing to the adventure-loving public’s worst kinks. Lasting Tinseltown legacy this ain’t. It’s just another Eragon.


For all the werewolves, vampires and high fantasy thrills & spills on offer, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is curiously underwhelming.

Johan 2009/03/30 2:30 PM
I will go and have a look tomorrow because I am actually quite looking forward to this film. I sincerely hope that you and I don't share the same taste in film.
Ron 2009/03/30 4:59 PM
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I saw it over the weekend and I must say that I was truly impressed. Although the Kate Beckinsale fans will be disappointed, I thought Rhona Mitra was absolutely beautiful and fitted the role perfectly. The continuity of this movie into the "first" Underworld movie was well done.
JB 2009/03/31 6:55 AM
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I saw this movie over the weekend and enjoyed it and did not disappoint, a lot more entertaining than what else is currently showing.
Robert 2009/03/31 7:20 AM
Hey, any reason to see Kate in body hugging leather/pvc is a damn good one! :P
Nicky 2009/03/31 7:41 AM
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Loved it. Can't wait for the next one
R 2009/03/31 8:10 AM
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This was a terrible dissappointment. Felt like a low budget version made for the producers to milk the success of the first two movies (which I loved..). Rather do not watch this, not nearly on par with the first two.
Vanessa 2009/03/31 8:14 AM
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It's a lust-fest but besides that, really disappointing. It felt anything but epic, mostly I suspect because the whole movie took place in and around the castle, which really narrowed the scope of the story. It just felt like there could have been more. Much more.
ron 2009/03/31 8:17 AM
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I agree with the author. Saw the movie in London in January. This is really a bad movie. Very low budget, making the vampires seem weak. I was very, very dissappointed, as I really looked forward to it. Avoid this movie, you will be sorry if you go and watch it. It should have been released straight to DVD...
Kim 2009/04/03 11:30 AM
Loved - will buy the DVD -Viktor rocks - he is PURE Vampire
Grant 2009/05/18 3:31 PM
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I think this movie was a disappointment. The story was thin, and quite boring.
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