Sunday, May 8, 2016

A Movie Review—Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Despite Underworld: Rise of the Lycans being directed by another director entirely, the film, maintains its high level of quality as the previous installments. It is the prequel the Underworld film franchise deserves. 

Here we look deeper and deeper into the past. More of a honing in on the story of Vampire King/warlord Viktor along with the story of Sonja and Lucian. As covered before in Underworld: Evolution, not all lycans are made equal. Lycans are usually werewolves that can revert to human form while werewolves are wolves who can never take human form again. Right from the start in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans whereas we have Alexander Crvinus and his two later immortal sons having been the originators of the vampires and werewolves, Lucian, on the other hand is the originator of his Lycan species. 

While the film keeps viewers in continual awe at how the mythos of the vampires, lycans, and werewolves can be further developed it is even more strengthened by the performances of the cast, yet again like all other Underworld films. Although it is nice to see more acute attention to detail in the costumes of the characters: Viktor, Lucian, Tanis, Sonja, and the slaves. 

However, it is here that the directorial influence can be felt, instead of sexy, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans offers us nuanced character interactions and scene changes. Which makes for an interesting change of scenery for Underworld fans. Without a doubt, it isn't a bad move since we get to try to understand how Viktor could ever kill his own daughter and the root hatred between Viktor and Lucian.

Standout Performances: Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Kevin Grevioux, Rhona Mitra, and Steven Mackintosh.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos

Music by: Paul Haslinger

Costume Designer: Jane Holland

Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Action

Buy the Underworld Trilogy! Includes Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

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