The movie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycan, is the third film in the Underworld series. Fans should rejoice because it is better than the first two. It has bigger battles, more drama, and better heroes and villains
From the original film, Underworld, the personal hatred between Lucian and Victor was fleshed even though the two characters were rarely seen together, if at all. Rightly so, fans spoke out in various online movie forums and generated enough interest for the filmmakers to give us this delight of a movie.
In Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the moviemakers gave us elements that we wanted to see:
– Lucian as a ferocious lycan,
– Viktor as an iron-handed and ruthless vampire warlord,
– Werewolves and vampires pitted in an epic battle, and
– Why Viktor sired Selene into vampirehood.
1) Lucian as a ferocious lycan
Lucian was a character we wanted to know more from the first movie. Michael Sheen did a great job creating a hero in Lucian. Born of servitude, we wanted to know why and how Lucian rose to the top of the lycan order to fight vampires. In Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, we finally saw why Victor and the vampires feared him.
2) Viktor as an iron-handed and ruthless vampire warlord
In Rise of the Lycans, we saw Viktor as a warlord of death. As a merciless ruler, he maintained the uneasy truce between humans and vampires. Viktor drew tithings from the local townships to protect them from the growing population of uncontrollable werewolves who were the predecessors of lycans and the direct offsprings of William (from the second movie, Underworld: Evolution). Above all, Viktor was determined to keep the vampires supreme over humans and lycans, alike.
3) Werewolves and vampires pitted in an epic battle
Another great thing about this movie was that it gave us an epic battle between the werewolves and the vampires. The shootout we saw in the initial scenes of the first Underworld was merely a skirmish. In this movie, we saw an army of vampires defend their castle from a horde of savage werewolves.
4) Why Viktor sired Selene into vampirehood
Selene, the major character in the first two movies, was not in this film. That’s ok. The story called for it. In this movie, we learned why Viktor took to her so much. Selene resembled Sonja, Viktor’s daughter who he condemned to death. But through Selene, Sonja lived once more. And Rhona Mitra delivered brilliantly. Sonja and Selene would look great together as leather clad twins.
All in all, I give this movie a 5 out of 5 and shoot it up to the top of the Underworld series. As a fan, I hope there are future Underworld movies to keep us intrigued. This time, I’d like to see the back story behind Lucian going underground.
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