Running time: 90 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): 18
UK Release Date: 23rd January 2009
Watched on Sky+ Monday 8th March 2010.
PLEASE NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
I have seen and quite enjoyed the previous two films in this series, Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006). So I was quite interested to see how the third instalment would turn out. This film is set before the previous two and tells how the war between the Vampires and the Lycans started.
The Vampires, led by Viktor, are aware of the Lycan race, immortal wolf-like creatures that are unable to change shape. That is until one day one of them is born in human form. Viktor knows he should kill it, but decides to let it live. They call him Lucian and they allow him to live among the Vampire race. Using his genetic material, Viktor breeds a race of Lycans that he uses to guard the Vampires as they sleep. He keeps them in check by force. Unknown to Viktor, Lucian and his daughter, Sonja have fallen in love and plan to leave the confines of the castle. Viktor finds out and this is where the fun really begins. I won’t say any more, but it’s not hard to figure out where the story goes from here.
Quite a well made film with some good effects, plenty of gore and some decent CGI. Some great over-acting from Bill Nighy as Viktor and very decent performances from both Michael Sheen as Lucian and Rhona Mitra as Sonja. If anything I felt the film relied a bit too heavily on the special effects at the expense of a decent script. I don’t think this one will feature in my end of year awards and I can’t really recommend it to you.
My score: 5.6/10
IMDb Site: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0834001/
Official Site: Underworld Rise of the Lycans Official Site