Thursday, October 15, 2009

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans

Released: 2009
Reviewed: 10.13.09
Star Rating: 3 of 5

Michael Sheen (Lucian), Bill Nighy (Viktor), Rhona Mitra (Sonja), Steven Mackintosh (Tannis), Kevin Grevioux (Raze), David Aston (Coloman).

Third in the series, this is actually a prequel to the first two films which explains the origins of the Vampire vs. Lycan war. When Viktor's daughter Sonja is found to be in love with Lucian, a Lycan, Viktor has him thrown in prison where Lucian promptly organizes a revolution and goes to war with the Death Dealer army.

This one does a good job of jumping right into the story without a whole lot of character development. The plot is pretty simple, a convoluted Romeo and Juliet type tale, but the story is complicated by the film itself as characters aren't explained well but rather just thrown in along the way. We are left with an interesting story but not much connection to the characters.

Acting was superb by Nighy in his role as the vampire ruler. Not only did he make you hate him but he made you fear him at the same time. Sheen was good in his role but didn't seem to have the energy with Mitra to support the story. Meanwhile Mitra just didn't work in her part at all, coming across as dry, somewhat lethargic, and perpetually angry.

Filming was done with a blue hue that did well to set the mood and make the film feel cold but it also felt a bit overdone. Many scenes in the film were so dark that they were difficult to see without being in a dark room. Special effects were nicely done though they did get a bit overused by the end of the film. Sets, background, and dialogue were all nicely done while sound was split between highs and lows requiring some remote use to maintain levels.

Overall this was a good story and decent film which moved along pretty well though it felt a bit repetitive by the end. Vampire, werewolf, or franchise fans will likely enjoy this one while everyone else will find it dark and brooding. Plenty of violence, supernatural creatures, and some sexuality so save this for older teens and above.

No comments:

Mine mine mine!!!!

Blog disclaimer and copyright information. . .

-I hope to make this blog revenue generating in the future and as such any posts found here may be paid posts. If you want to pay me to post for you, let me know!
-Content may change over time resulting in inaccuracies. I also make mistakes, some will be here.
-I have no control over what is at the other end of any links you may find here.
-Film pictures, dvd covers, film banners or whatever you like to call them are copied here from widely available public locations. I did not create them nor do I own them.
-Any files, programs or downloadables are provided only for convenience and fun. I in no way warrant, represent, or otherwise imply they won’t cause you problems. Use at your own risk! If your computer blows up I don’t want to even hear about it.
-Reviews posted here are my opinion and meant as informational for prospective viewers and are not meant to malign, defame, or otherwise harm anyone or anything. They also are not meant as advice or counsel , not necessarily factual or absolute, and the author will not be held responsible for the results of their use.
-Comments are NOT the opinion of this author, nor is he responsible or liable for the comments or their results. I will try to moderate them in a reasonable (to me) manner.
-Translation of any portion of this blog may result in other than desirable language for which the author is not responsible. Furthermore, I’m not an English major so there will be bad grammar and punctuation found here. There may also be language that is intentionally objectionable to support my opinions. Tough.
-Copyright: All reviews and opinions expressed here by the author are owned by the author. Please enjoy reposting and/or linking, I ask only that you give proper credit and inform me you have used my content for your own pleasure and devious purposes.
-Legal limit on damages: .02 cents, U.S. (Yes, I will give you my 2 cents worth if you abuse me in court).