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At Theaters: 1/23/2009 On Video: 5/12/2009
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529970
Studio: Screen Gems/Palm Pictures
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A centuries-long blood feud erupts between two powerful and immortal tribes in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. The third film in the epic Underworld saga goes back in time to depict the origins of the conflict between the aristocratic Vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans, a line of fierce werewolves.
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Action Thriller - Like the first two films, this is a violent action film with vampires and werewolves, but fans may be disappointed that this is a period piece prequel to the first two films, and hence stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman do not return. But there is the usual violent action (with swords instead of guns) and elaborate werewolf and vampire effects.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Michael Sheen FROST/NIXON, MUSIC WITHIN, BLOOD DIAMOND
Bill Nighy VALKYRIE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN AT WORLD'S END
Rhona Mitra DOOMSDAY, SKINWALKERS, THE NUMBER 23
Steven Mackintosh THE JACKET, MEMPHIS BELLE
Kevin Grevioux THE MASK, STEEL, THE HULK
Director: Patrick Tatopoulos Feature Film Directorial Debut
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About The Production
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Costumes, Creatures, Crypts And Castles
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PROFANITY: None
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fights, slashings, impalings, werewolf feeding.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Brief alcohol.
ACTION: Chases, swordfights, battles.
COMEDY: None
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Based on an Exit Polling of 144 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
22
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
32
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
22
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 144 moviegoers:
TEENS: GREAT REVIEWS! Almost everyone, both males and females, loved this movie. Very Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Males enjoyed "Underworld” very much. Most rated it very high. Just a few rated it a little on the low side. Females weren't too far behind. Three-quarters enjoyed it very much and the rest rated it "Good/Average,” which is a bit low but certainly not bad. Certainly Recommended!
ADULTS: Half the males and nearly half the females rated "Underworld” either "Excellent” or "Fantastic,” which is very high. Equally important is that most of the rest rated it "Very Good,” which equals above average. Also important is that no one disliked it. The lowest reviews indicate that it's an average movie. Highly Recommended!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
More than a thousand years before the events of the original Underworld, two races of preternatural beings came into being, each springing from the bloodlines of a different son of the original Immortal, Alexander Corvinus. Vampires, arising from the Markus line, became elegant, aristocratic, cunning blood drinkers. Werewolves, from the William line, became savage beasts, with no trace of humanity left - and an insatiable appetite for violence. The Vampires came to dominate the local region – the wild lands in what is now western Hungary - with their superior intelligence, strength, and political skill. But even they feared the werewolves, who, though incapable of organization and higher thought, were capable of immense strength and savagery.

And then another genetic fluke transformed the balance of power again: a female werewolf, captive in the Vampire stronghold, gave birth to a seemingly human child. This was Lucian (Michael Sheen) – the first Lycan, born into slavery in the house of Viktor (Bill Nighy), the supremely powerful Vampire leader. Unlike "William's Kind”, the original werewolves, this Lycan was able to take the form of either man or beast at will. Lucian's bloodline was used by Viktor to create an entirely new breed of slaves, abused by the Vampires as laborers and guards during the vulnerable daylight hours, and prevented from transforming by the silver-spiked moonshackles kept locked around their necks.

Viktor reigns over his slaves, his court and his domains with an iron hand. He loves only two things: power, and his beautiful but willful daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra).

Each night, Sonja rides with the Death Dealers, an elite squad of Vampire soldiers that protect Viktor's domain against the marauding werewolves. But unknown to her father or any of her peers, Sonja has fallen in love with Lucian, now a skilled blacksmith and weapons-maker in the Vampire castle. Their affair must be conducted in the utmost secret, since if discovered, it would mean certain death for both of them.

When Lucian reveals that he has found a way to remove his moonshackle and gain his freedom, Viktor resolves to destroy him like a disobedient animal. In a thrilling sequence, Lucian manages rally the other Lycans and escape from the Vampire dungeons - with Sonja's help.

Refusing to abandon his beloved, Lucian assembles a ragtag army of escaped Lycans, slaves and werewolves, returning to challenge Vampire rule and rescue Sonja. The attack and its aftermath ignite an all-out war that will burn between the races for centuries to come.

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