Underworld 3, Rise of the Lycans (throwback blog)

My “On This Day” thread over on FB reminded me that I watched a movie in my fave franchise and blogged about it.  In an effort to get all my blogs in one place, I am putting it here.  It is interesting to see how my blogging has changed over the past nine years.

Underworld 3, Rise of the Lycans

I want to be a vampire (she says with a whine)…

Odd note – in looking for an image for this blog I find that Kate has the corner market on Underworld images.

Wow. Rhonda Mitra. I have a girl crush.

IMDB: Underworld 3, Rise of the Lycans

An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans.

So I told a friend of mine – there are movies you go to see because of their Oscar qualities and then there are movies that you go to see for entertainment purposes alone. This my friend, would be the latter.

As expected, it was overrun with CGI. So, if you are the fan of realistic images you may want to consider seeing Taken or Revolutionary Road.

As for the special effects -the movie evolved around night scenes and darkness while incorporating violent, quick paced fight scenes. It allowed my imagination to be more in tune with the movie. There was an initial scene in which Lucian (played by Michael Sheen) was in the process of morphing. I was instantly taken back to American Werewolf in London and the change that happened in the living room. AWIL is one of my all-time favorite horror flicks. I saw the movie in the theater and that scene made me a fan of the genre. The CGI in the scenes was very apparent. However, I took the stance of thinking of this movie as a live action comic book – it helped. There was an escape scene in which a Lycan is impaled through the face to the wall by a vicious huge crossbow. The movie audience gasped (as did I) – this is when the director should pat himself on the back, he achieved the intended reaction…kudos.

Shall we give props to Bill Nighy (not the science guy)? As Viktor he is a phenomenal bad ass. However, throughout the movie there were various scenes that his evil glare sometimes gave off a Zoolander effect. This was noticed by the audience who giggled on occasion.

Rhonda Mitra. Oh my. She was sexy, sultry and had to have been chosen for her lips alone. Ok, I know she was chosen because she resembled Kate and that she is accustomed to sequels. I have not seen any of her other movies so I have no comparison to note. However, I am sure that once the teenage testosterone notices her, she will be a staple in action movies.

We are introduced to a human, Raze (played by Kevin Grevioux). Spoiler Alert – who is changed to a Lycan and then follows Lucian. This man is hugemongous. He is bald and deep voiced and therefore makes you automatically think about Michael Clark Duncan. The only bad thing about this character is that you only get one quick look at his changed self. I would have enjoyed their playing more with his size and how that crossed over into being a Lycan.

End comment – if you love vampires you must see it, if you love comic books you will probably like it, if you were looking for a Oscar nominated movie you might want to continue down to Theater Three.

Watch it, let me know what you think.


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