Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
- 1h 32m
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The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Michael Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its competent cast, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an indistinguishable and unnecessary prequel.
Lacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Vampire vs. werewolf prequel is heavy on gore, low on fun.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens might be clamoring to see Underworld: Rise of the Lycans after the success of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution -- not to mention the increased interest in all things vampire thanks to Twilight -- but this is no angsty teen love story. It's an all-out class war between vampires and werewolves, and it's loaded with extreme special-effects violence (from decapitations to being cut in half) and oceans of blood. There's also a sex scene in which little is left to the imagination, but it's more comical than explicit.
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- Genre:Fantasy, Horror, Action
- Release Date:January 21, 2009
- Languages:English, Spanish
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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