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Underworld Rise of the Lycans

Movie Underworld Rise of the Lycans
Director Patrick Tatopoulos
Starring

Rhona Mitra, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen

The latest in the series sees the back of Kate Beckinsale and the introduction of her ringer Rhona Mitra. Although this entry is set in a different era, they kept the blue hue over everything, and also managed to keep the same type of feel to the action and the dialogue. You are immediately introduced to the dynamic between Vampire and Lycan, this mingled with what you know from the previous incarnations enables Tatopoulos to skip straight to the story and not have to waste time with cumbersome historical input. You are immediately introduced to Sonja as a child and her evil father deciding wether to kill this new breed of lycan or not and you are immediately drawn in.

The acting is fine and Nighy has always suited his part as the demented Victor, And Sheen plays the inspiring rebel leader as well as most of the hollywood elite, if there was a slight gripe amongst the acting of the main players it would be with Mitra, who was mostly plausible spoiled by some weak moments when you would question her depth as an actress. Direction is handled as the rest of the series, which is a good thing, although a bit frantic and almost headless, it never leaves the tracks, and fits in with the rest of the series, and as this is a frantic but enjoyable romp, I would suggest this as a product does exactly what it says on the tin, its detractors be damned.

I find myself at a personal level having really enjoyed this series at a completely mindless level, hot girls leaping around in tight dark clothing and plenty of its own interesting mythology, and this prequel fits right in with that. Could this win an oscar, even for special effects? No. Would I go see a fourth if it was released? Oh yes.

Score
This movie scores 7.3/10