Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review: Underworld - Rise of the Lycans

Overall: Not a total waste of $20

Good: The casting. Bill Nighy as always superb, and Michael Sheen holds up well. The girl cast as Sonja also did a great job. Effects, costumes, makeup were well executed.

Okay: The music was ho-hum, and didn't hold any big drama. The acting was mid-range. Mostly, I was disappointed in the scale of the movie. It was supposed to be the beginning of an ancient war, and it really only barely touched on that. The scene in the movie that should have held the most drama (well, 2 of them) fell rather flat.

Not so good: There were no elements added to the story that we didn't already know about. Nothing really revealed, other than the origins of Lucien, which didn't even really make sense. The big war I was holding out for? Never happened.

I think this is the last one of these we'll be seeing, and I'm okay with that. I love the first two enough that I don't want to watch the franchise flounder.


Unhinged said...

I had such high hopes for the first movie...and I remember loving the first hour or so before I wasn't loving it anymore. (I know why, too. I was hoping for a twisted romance and got nasty gore instead. Er, and a bunch of great shots of Kate B., which is what I wanted.)

Anyway, so I won't feel guilty about missing the third movie, either. Yaay.


Unhinged said...


I meant to say I did NOT want a bunch of nifty camera shots of Kate B. I mean, she was badass and all, but she wasn't the reason why I wanted to see the movie.

So. Okay. Me go now.

Gwenefhar said...
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Gwen said...

LOL. I got ya. I actually really liked the first two - but I wasn't in it for the romance. I can see how that would have been a bummer. You might actually like the 3rd one in that case. I was hoping for a war, and got a love story instead. o.o

Unhinged said...

Too funny, Gwen.