Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for bloody violence and some sexuality.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This convoluted supernatural prequel to Underworld is partially redeemed by its style and very good cast.
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Underworld: Rise of the Lycans - from script to screen; The origin of the feud; Re-creating the Dark Ages - the look of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans; Music video: deathclub by William Control; Filmmaker commentary.
Michael Sheen ... Lucian
Bill Nighy ... Viktor
Rhona Mitra ... Sonja
Steven Mackintosh ... Tannis
Kevin Grevioux ... Raze
David Ashton ... Coloman
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
This is the third movie in the Underworld series and as aprequel it goes back several centuries to show the origin of the Lycans, a breed of werewolf that
starts with Lucian (Michael Sheen "Frost/Nixon"). The vampires breed the Lycans as slaves who protect the vampires during the harmful
daylight hours. The werewolves rebel
against their former masters and the
war between the vampires and Lycans begins.
Mitra ("Sweet Home Alabama") plays Sonja the
daughter of Viktor, the vampire leader (Bill Nighy "Notes on a Scandal"). She's now the heroine who was played in the earlier films by Kate Beckinsale. The filmalso picks up the romantic plotline
the previous movies, as the young star-crossed lovers are caught in a forbidden romance that as their secret passion
is revealed leads to the beginning of the war.
Rise of the Lycanshas been stylishly directed by former special effects creator Patrick Tatopolouswho has a difficult task; to tell a story
we’ve already been told, without any possible threat really occurring
for the main characters, since we know both of the mortal enemies,
Lucian and Viktor, are still alive at the end, so that they can show up in the subsequent films. Despite that,
the movie does a good job of telling its story, perhaps because it
doesn’t try to throw any twists in or adjust the story from what fans
know it to be.
Despite the convoluted storyline, somehow, the more primitive setting works better visually for this
movie than the gothic take on the contemporary city did in the previous films. This is
definitely the best of the three films and it's sure to please fans of the series, especially because it stays true to the