UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS - HAIR-RAISING ACTION! GRADE: B-PLUS

By MOVIES REVIEWER
Written January 23, 2009
I attended the advance press preview last night of this 93-minute prequel to the two prior Underworld movies. Director Patrick Tatopaulos has scored a winner in this dark gothic origins movie about the Lycans and their relationship with the Vampires/Death Dealers. I was glued to my seat the entire time transfixed by the rich lush production and by the above-average acting dished out by the cast - especially Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy... The special effects were above-average given that Tatopaulos was a former F/X man(Godzilla, Independence Day, Stargate, Dark City, etc.). However, the fight/battle scenes were muddily choppy - the action hard to follow due to haphazard editing and too many fast close-ups. Otherwise, the plot/story was palatable - the costumes/make-up were on-target - the set design was spectacular. VERDICT: Highly Recommended - especially for sci-fi/fantasy/goth fans. Not appropriate for kids due to overt sexuality and extreme violence.
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PEOPLE..PEOPLE...PEOPLE..PLEASE READ A REVIEW FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY SEEN THE FILM NOT JUST THE TRAILER

By Dark_Chameleon
Written January 18, 2009
This is ridiculous..If we're going to a restaurant and want a review we dont listen to someone whos never eaten there or even looked at the menu, this is supposed to be a place that we gain knowledge rather then read what someone writes without any information other then a trailer and their own deep rooted political/sexual/entertainment views. Listen to someone who has been to the movie...and if theyre giving a review a while before the movie comes out treat their review with Skepticism as there are only a few out there who have been to a preview and others are actual employees from the studio that have seen it and have a reason for it to do well. PEOPLE...if your unsure about going to see this or any other movie wait till after the first day and then come to Fandango, read the reviews and make an informed judgement, after all if we want to be the first to see a movie we're not going to read any reviews before going and if we need a review then we need info not bias, Thankyou
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It's not Seline this time around

By xtowgrunt
Written December 29, 2008
While I cannot disagree about the Seline/Beckinsale thing, I have both seen the previous two Underworlds and paid attention to the trailer. That is not Seline in "Rise of the Lycans", but Viktor's daughter Sonya. There are similarities in the appearance of the two characters - Kraven said in the first Underworld that Viktor spared Seline's life because she reminded him of his own daughter.
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Shut up

By worksucks89
Written January 04, 2009
Nobody has seen the movie yet so none of you have any idea if its good or not so dont write freakin reviews until AFTER you have seen it.
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Underworld....

By Mooovey_lvr19
Written January 16, 2009
THIS...is what a vampire/warewolf movie is all about...its about a forbidden love, and a hate so big that it starts a war...you will not get bored watching vampires ina high school cafetiria...!
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