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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

[5.25/10] Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)


Underworld:
Rise of the Lycans (2009)


Short review: The whole Vampires-versus-Lycans tale leaps back centuries earlier in "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans", a Kate Beckinsale-less prequel to the first two "Underworld" installments, which aside from providing viewers an extended look at the franchise's oh-so detailed mythology, has virtually no innovations to offer to keep it from being derivative. That the narrative is also predictably headed to a foregone conclusion proves to be the film's greatest undoing in whatever mild interest the script presents in bringing back its implicit societal classes allegories. Long-time creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos steps behind the camera and his film still captures the viciously frigid environment co-creator and erstwhile "Underworld" director Len Wiseman have brought. But the chintzy amusement, while still there, is scant, no thanks to a rote product that recalls its predecessors' B-movie goodness with not much success, and its confusing action scenes and perpetually dark cinematography that can't mask the absence of the genuine excitement in this third-rounder.

  • My Rating: 5.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 32% (4.4/10)
  • IMDb: 6.5/10

2 comments:

Univarn said...

Not being a fan of the previous 2 Underworld installments I felt this was a better film, but having seen the previous 2 if offers nothing more (and it can't or it would void the originals).

nebular said...

I thought the original was pretty entertaining to watch. It was dynamic, funny and it had great visuals. The second istallment was mediocre at best. The Riso of Lycans remains the weakest of the three for me. It was boring and the editing and the lighting were both terrible.

Thanks for the comment!:)