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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

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A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor. Determined to break the king's enslavement of his people, Lucian faces off against the Death Dealer army in a bid for Lycan independence.

Actors: Rhona Mitra , Michael Sheen , Bill Nighy , Alexander Carroll , Leighton Cardno , Geraldine Brophy , David Aston , Kevin Grevioux , Steven Mackintosh , Shane Brolly
Directors: Patrick Tatopoulos
Release: 2009-01-23
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Thanks to sturdy performances by holdovers Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy as well as tidy, unfussy direction by first-timer Patrick Tatopoulos, the creature designer who is taking the reins from originator Len Wiseman, the third installment in the successful franchise should be to the fan base's lycan.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.

    Variety Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The highlight of this fantasy/horror hybrid is watching a pair of the best British character actors --- Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen -- shed their thespian respectability and unleash their inner beasts.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Although the presence of Mr. Sheen is initially distracting, it soon becomes the movie's greatest asset. There is, as it turns out, some benefit to having a real performance even in a formulaic entertainment like this.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    Sheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jeremy Wheeler

    While it may not be "Citizen Canine," Rise of the Lycans tells its tale competently and without the derivative nature of its predecessors.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The first film was significantly better and, therefore, is the place to start for anyone with a modicum of interest. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an also-ran that is likely to be appreciated only by completists.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jim Ridley

    Mincing around like a bored old glam rocker and hissing threats from behind electric neon eyes, Nighy seems to be the only person on set who found a glint of amusement in his part. He fares better than poor Sheen, a scraggly Wolverine who made a more credible vampire-slayer opposite Frank Langella’s Nixon.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    Grimly competent.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The enterprise is sluggish when it's not grinding toward the preposterous.

    Time Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Clumsy, ephemeral, and wholly unnecessary.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's a testament to Bill Nighy's cadaverous panache that this third entry in the ongoing exsanguinators vs. lycanthropes franchise (that's vampires and werewolves to anyone not weaned on Famous Monsters) is as tolerable as it is.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    The movie is humorless and monotonous, but watching the talented Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) give his all to such throwaway material is weirdly diverting.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A needless threequel. Note to director: avoid 'rise of the' titles.

    Empire Full Review
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