Movie – Underworld Rise Of The Lycans

 Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
Screenwriter: Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain
Story: Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride
Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Len Wiseman, Richard Wright
Composer: Paul Haslinger
Studio: Screen Gems

In the fantasy realm of Vampires and Werewolves, this installment of Underworld certainly ranks high up with the best of them.  This is however the Prequel to Underworld and Underworld:Evolution and thus like many prequels of other movies will be subject to much criticism.  

The biggest question to me “Is this Prequel really necessary?”  Yes no doubt it delves deeper into the origins of  the feud between the ‘Death Dealers’ Vampires and the Lycans Werewolf, but how much is really new considering that much was revealed in the second Installment?  That being said,  the overall storyline was well written and the ever present gothic feel together with a tinge of  Shakespearean narrative made the journey into their realm rather enjoyable.

Bill Nighly the ever creepy looking Viktor and Michael Sheen as Lucian gave stellar performances and will likely be remembered over the years, the way Christopher Lee is remembered for his performance as Count Dracula!

Sorely missed, is Kate Beckinsale’s characterization of  Selene and her powerful performance ( Yes and how great she looked in that Black Latex Cat Suit).  Understandbly since the central storyline is about the rise of the Lycans.  So while Rhona Mitra is an appealing presence as Sonja, it is just not the same without Kate!


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