The beautiful English actress Rhona Mitra stars as Sonja
in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, the prequel story of this
popular modern horror series. The story takes place several centuries
before the “current” films which is set in the Dark Ages and tells how
Lucian became the founding father of the Lycans.
Originally, the Lycans were mindless and unorganised
werewolves, however Lucian inspired them to band together in order to
break free from their oppressors, the Vampires, lead the nefarious and
domineering Viktor (Bill Nighy).
Early in the movie, we learn that Lucian has more rights
than other Lycans, thanks to his master Victor, however when he learns
that Lucian and his daughter Sonja are in a relationship, the war
between the Werewolves and Vampires erupts.
Although not as entertaining as the original movies, the
prequel does give the viewer what they want, more of the Underworld
Universe which gives us a great insight into both sides of the story.
The acting may be forced and contrived, however the action and special
effects transcend this problem, making this an enjoyable yet forgettable
the video quality is outstanding, thanks to the 1080p resolution and
surround sound. Matched with a plethora of special features, Underworld:
Rise of the Lycans is a reasonable purchase for fans of this series.
Definitely one to investigate.
Behind the Castle Walls: Picture-in-Picture
Lycanthropes Around the World Interactive Map
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans: From Script to Screen
The Origin of the Feud
Music Video: "Deathclub" By William Control