Dub Cee reviews: Underworld:Rise of the Lycans (2009)
Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
Writer(s): Danny McBride, Dirk Blackman, Howard McCain (screenplay), Len Wiseman, Robert Orr, Danny McBride (story), Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, Danny McBride (characters)
The biggest issue with prequels is that more often than not, we know how the story is going to end. The biggest reason we watch a movie or read a book is to find out how it ends. With a prequel, we already know. Thus the challenge for the film is to keep you interested and wanting to find out what happens or more importantly WHY it happens.
The other bloggers here could some up with the Top 5 worst prequels without even thinking about it. However, naming 5 good ones is damn near impossible. So, where does Underworld:Rise of the Lycans end up? Well, keep reading ya mook.
Rise of the Lycans showcases the events mentioned in the first Underworld film. When the leader of the Lycans, Luccian (Micheal Sheen) is a slave of the vampires and falls in love with Sonja (Rhona “I am not Kate” Mitra). Problem is that Sonja is the daughter of Viktor (Bill Nighy) who is the head of the Vampire coven. The couple are found out by Tannis (Steven Mackintosh) who uses his leverage over Sonja to try an secure her seat on the Council thus increasing his status significantly.
The vampires are having trouble protecting their human allies from the increasing Lycan prescene. These Lycans, are just like William. Totally feral and they never revert back to human form. When Sonja leads a small group of vampires to escort a human noble into the coven they are overwhelmed by the ferals but Luccian shows up and is able to help fight them off. He makes a mistake though and removes his collar, thus going into wolf form. As the alpha male, the rest of the pack retreats. Despite this being the only way to save Sonja, Viktor is enraged that Luccian broke the rules and removed the collar. This leads to Luccian being imprisoned with the other Lycans like him and he basically does a Spartacus on the Vampires and the Lycans fight their way out and into the woods.
Viktor eventually learns of his daughter’s betrayal and she is sentenced to die. Luccian tries to save her on his own as his Lycan army is not yet assembled. He fails and is forced to watch as Sonja burns in the sunlight.
I left out a couple of plot points in case you, dear reader, decide to go watch this movie. If you enjoyed the first two films of this franchise then I highly recommend it. George Lucas should have watched this movie so he could learn how a proper prequel is done. The look and the feel are right in line with the original. It made me smile to see Raze in his human form before Luccian bit him. Being able to recast all the actors for their roles was great. Rhona Mitra looks so much like Kate Beckinsale it really sells why Viktor held Selene so close to him.
The fight scene were great, using crossbows, swords, shield, etc. The story line is good and you get into the mind of Viktor and sort of understand exactly why he takes some of the actions he does later in the franchise.