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Summer 2008-9

Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans (2009) movie review

Dark Beginnings

In a long-ago medieval world, a race of werewolves (Lycans), created from an infection, are the slaves and daylight guards of vampires.

The vampires rule the local nobles and the lives of their council is deeply political.

Told in the specific monochromatic palette devised by Wiseman in the original film this is a moody story of armoured battles, battling horror creatures, rebellion and ill-fated lovers.

The colour palette removes the bloodiness of gore, it enables the audience to watch the story unfold as supernatural and fantasic rather than horror.

Movie poster, Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans; Festivale film review

Action-heavy and reminiscent of a thousand knight-tales before it, only the vampire and werewolf element gives this flick any freshness. This is the third of the franchise, so even that device is passe. Bleak.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 22 Jan 2009
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Title: Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
Written by: Danny McBride and Dirk Blackman & Howard McCain(screenplay)
Len Wiseman & Robert Orr and Danny McBride(story)
Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos
running time: 92 mins

The Players: Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale

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