Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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  • Summary: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian, emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor,Underworld: Rise of the Lycans delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian, emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor, the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja, in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement. (Sony) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
  2. Thanks to sturdy performances by holdovers Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy as well as tidy, unfussy direction by first-timer Patrick Tatopoulos, the creature designer who is taking the reins from originator Len Wiseman, the third installment in the successful franchise should be to the fan base's lycan.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The highlight of this fantasy/horror hybrid is watching a pair of the best British character actors --- Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen -- shed their thespian respectability and unleash their inner beasts.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    50
    Mincing around like a bored old glam rocker and hissing threats from behind electric neon eyes, Nighy seems to be the only person on set who found a glint of amusement in his part. He fares better than poor Sheen, a scraggly Wolverine who made a more credible vampire-slayer opposite Frank Langella’s Nixon.
  5. While it may not be "Citizen Canine," Rise of the Lycans tells its tale competently and without the derivative nature of its predecessors.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    20
    A needless threequel. Note to director: avoid 'rise of the' titles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  1. TomS
    Jan 26, 2009
    10
    Great prequel! It fleshed out some of the characters you had seen from the other two movies better and helped explain the past. I really like Great prequel! It fleshed out some of the characters you had seen from the other two movies better and helped explain the past. I really like it. Underworld was great, Evolution was better, and I think this one was right up there. Expand
  2. gurgoni
    Mar 3, 2009
    10
    I'm not a fan of Underworld, however I enjoyed the first two. And now this prequel, which as many say "needless" absolutely completes I'm not a fan of Underworld, however I enjoyed the first two. And now this prequel, which as many say "needless" absolutely completes the first two. One can bragg about how needless it is and how badly it displeased him or her, but one would never tell straight up, that actually they were expecting a "new story". Just be honest. However we all knew very well, at least should have known, long before the movie came out in theaters, that it is in fact a prequel. You don't have to be a fan of Underwolds to know that "Rise of Lycans" would probably be about the times when warewolves had to rebel against the vampires. Of course when opressed, when else woudl they?! Good job, awsome movie. P.S.: Someone had a good point, but Where in the first two of Underworlds did Viktor say or think that Lycan was dead?! Expand
  3. JamesO.
    May 18, 2009
    10
    A very good prequel movie. I definitely hope they make a 4th in the series sometime after the events of the 2nd movie. Definitely a must watch movie!
  4. CariN.
    Mar 24, 2009
    8
    I wish I could actually decide to watch a movie based on a movie critic's review... but yet again they totally got it wrong about this I wish I could actually decide to watch a movie based on a movie critic's review... but yet again they totally got it wrong about this movie. I wasn't expecting much when I went ahead and watched it but actually liked it almost as much as the first Underworld and definitely better than the second in the series. Any fan of this genre should at least see it once just for the epic werewolf (what seems like 1000 werewolves) stampede. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    7
    I have to admit, during the whole movie I kept whining in my mind why did they have to cast Kate Beckinsale (from the previous two movies inI have to admit, during the whole movie I kept whining in my mind why did they have to cast Kate Beckinsale (from the previous two movies in the series) to play the role of Sonja. Only after the movie ended did I realize it wasn't her at all. So, Rhona Mithra and Kate look a lot alike, I guess, which is good for the sake of the plot itself. (Still, it was a bit annoying that in "Underworld", the Sonja we saw was blond. Oh well, details...)

    This was essentially a Lycan story, and a prequel to "Underworld" and "Underworld: Evolution" since it took place in the past. We got hints about these events in the other movies, but it worked as a film of its own very well. Instead of machine guns and leather, we had swords and armor.

    Lucian had the main stage here, and I feel great sympathy for him - and non for the vampires. Well, that's how I've felt during all Underworld movies, frankly.

    The plot was pretty good, although... It felt like they didn't linger very much on details. It had action, but it missed a little in depth (Lucian rallying up his troops, his relationship with Sonja - those could have used some extra time on screen).

    We meet a lot of "old friends" from other parts of the series, and it's actually nice to see how some of them got together. The graphics also looked pretty good here.
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  6. KV.
    Jan 24, 2009
    7
    it could had been better but its really well made with little errors.
  7. Mar 12, 2011
    0
    I liked the first one. This one...well...it is SO bad that it really doesn't deserve the words to review it. There is absolutely nothing goodI liked the first one. This one...well...it is SO bad that it really doesn't deserve the words to review it. There is absolutely nothing good to say about this movie. Don't they screen these things before finally releasing it ? Somebody, anybody, must have noticed that it sucks on each and every level. Simply appalling ! Expand

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