Underworld: Rise of the Lycans


Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Overview:

A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Votes 1426 (6.2/10)

Runtime: 92 minutes

Release Date 2009-01-22

Budget: $35,000,000.00

Revenue: $91,353,501.00

Tagline: Every war has a beginning.

Production company:

  • Lakeshore Entertainment
  • Screen Gems
  • Sketch Films
  • UW3 Film Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Viktor
Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
Lucian
Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
Sonja
Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra
Kraven
Shane Brolly
Shane Brolly
Andreas Tanis
Steven Mackintosh
Steven Mackintosh
Raze
Kevin Grevioux
Kevin Grevioux
Coloman
David Aston
David Aston
Nobleman's Wife
Geraldine Brophy
Geraldine Brophy
Fearful Lycan
Leighton Cardno
Leighton Cardno
Young Lucian
Alexander Carroll
Alexander Carroll
Orsova
Elizabeth Hawthorne
Elizabeth Hawthorne
Death Dealer
Jason Hood
Jason Hood
Nobleman
Mark Mitchinson
Mark Mitchinson
Sabas
Craig Parker
Craig Parker
Janosh
Timothy Raby
Timothy Raby
Luka
Tania Nolan
Tania Nolan
Selene
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
Xristo
Jared Turner
Jared Turner
Young Sonja
Olivia Taylforth
Olivia Taylforth
Director
Patrick Tatopoulos
Patrick Tatopoulos
Characters
Kevin Grevioux
Kevin Grevioux
Characters
Len Wiseman
Len Wiseman
Executive Producer
Beth DePatie
Beth DePatie
Producer
Len Wiseman
Len Wiseman
Producer
Kevin Grevioux
Kevin Grevioux
Producer
Gary Lucchesi
Gary Lucchesi
Director of Photography
Ross Emery
Ross Emery
Editor
Ethan Maniquis
Ethan Maniquis
Production Design
Dan Hennah
Dan Hennah
Art Direction
Brendan Heffernan
Brendan Heffernan
Art Direction
Gary Mackay
Gary Mackay
Costume Design
Jane Holland
Jane Holland
Makeup Effects
Jeff Flitton
Jeff Flitton
Hairstylist
Connie Grayson Criswell
Connie Grayson Criswell
Lighting Technician
Jamie Couper
Jamie Couper
Best Boy Electric
John Enright
John Enright
Gaffer
Sean O'Neill
Sean O'Neill
Costume Supervisor
Sian Evans
Sian Evans
Characters
Danny McBride
Danny McBride
Screenplay
Danny McBride
Danny McBride
Casting
Liz Mullane
Liz Mullane
Stunts
Sean Button
Sean Button
Special Effects
Hauk Olafsson
Hauk Olafsson

John Chard

I should have crushed you under my heel the day you were born. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the prequel to the previous two Underworld films. It tells the story about what led to the werewolf/vampire feud, with bloody energetic results. In core essence this is Braveheart/Spartacus, only in CGI laden horror/action form. Michael Sheen buffs up into Karl Urban, who as Lucian (bad ass Lycan) leads his species to a bloody revolt, and Kate Beckinsale has made way narratively for Rhona Mitra, who sexes things up. The action is pulse raising and the Gothic designs and atmospherics are first rate, while the battle royale finale is fit to crown any genre film of its type. Problems are evident, though. The constant flow of CGI blood becomes irritating after a while, and Bill Nighy (in spite of being a franchise regular) is still looking miscast! But it has proved to be a series with hairy legs and fangs that refuses to die, a popcorn munchers dream. So enjoy the spectacle and the screenplay homages, and I'll have a bag of tortilla chips and a choc ice please. 6.5/10

EvilWayz

No idea why the rating for this flick is hovering just above 50"%. As far as prequels go this one is brilliant. The first movie left a lot of gaps in the story, where did Lucian come from, what started the war, how did he get to be the lover of the King's daughter in the first place. While there is a lot of epic battles with the gore that goes with, this movie is easily the best movie in the franchise, which is minor heresy on my part since Kate Beckinsale is the quintessential vampire in my book. Rhona Mitra throws down hard as the rebellious daughter of the King, and her haughtiness and disdain are completely believable to the point we think that Lucian's love for her is unrequited. I can't go into it any more without spoiling the movie but if Evolution let you down a bit, Rise of the Lycans will restore you faith in the franchise.

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