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    Posted: January 18 2009 at 1:42am

THEY DIDN'T HAVE KATE BECKINSALE...

THEY DIDN'T HAVE the ORIGINAL DIRECTOR...

AND THEY DIDN'T ACTUALLY HAVE ANY REASON NOT to GO STRAIGHT-to-DVD...

SO NATURALLY, THIS ONE IS DEBUTED in THEATRES...BEFORE QUICKLY SKEDADDLING to DVD, in a MATTER of WEEKS.

WE'RE TEMPTED to GO for the OBVIOUS JOKE and SAY THIS LATEST WEREWOLF MOVIE 'BITES." BUT WE'D NEVER SINK SO LOW.

YOU, HOWEVER, MAY SINK as LOW as YOU WISH in RAGGING on UNDERWORLD: RISE of the LYCANS (aka UNDERWORLD 3).

GO AHEAD, SINK YOUR TEETH INTO IT...

Not Actually Kate Beckinsale, but an Incredible Simulation!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote RoadDogXVIII Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2009 at 4:35am
Oh, this one's gonna get a critical beatdown, I imagine. The acting is just unbearable (lots of screaming, Rhona Mitra ruining her chances of being a next big thing, Bill Nighy following in Samuel L. Jackson's footsteps), the TV spots are lifeless, prequels rarely work (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) and, yes, it just screams direct-to-video. Why couldn't Lionsgate pick this up; this looks like it came from their workhouse factory.

By the way, HeadRAZZ, when are you putting up the releases of 2009?
You think you know, but you have no idea.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2009 at 5:17am
Poor Rhona Mitra has become Kate Beckinsale's understudy. Everyone loves Kate as an action heroine, but she no longer want anything to do with that genre. So now Rhona has to be called upon when the movie is about a butt-kicking British brunette. And this isn't by the same director, so who knows how badly that will effect the film. The trailer doesn't excite me at all. This one is straight to DVD worthy indeed.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yotypeocom Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2009 at 8:52am
The bad thing about it is that it will prob see blu ray before other worthy titles... taking space and time for a lousy prequel of an already garbage movie nobody asked for!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote movieman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2009 at 2:42pm
Right now, every critic who has seen it has given it a positive review,
granted, it's bound to go down, but this good early word-of-the-mouth
could mean it isn't so bad after all.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2009 at 1:38am
To answer the question in the forum header, no, "Underworld" doesn't sound like a shop to buy push-up bras in. It sounds more like a night club where one would find lots of drugs hidden under the bar stools.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wetbandit82 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2009 at 2:15pm

Since essentially no one bothered showing up for the other entries in the series, is anyone going to care how a largely pointless war began in the first place?  Especially one beginning in a cliched manner as can clearly be evidenced by the trailers? 

Technically, this could also be classified as Worst Knock-Off if it becomes eligible for any awards, since this and the rest of the series are essentially stealing from The Real Ghostbusters' episode No One Comes to Lupusville, which presented the vampire-werewolf battle storyline in a far more entertaining and genuinely scary way ("I'm picking up PKE readings in front of us...and to the right...and to the left...and behind us...Gentlemen, we're surrounded...")("Turnip?"  "Yes, it is.").   

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2009 at 2:34pm

Originally posted by wetbandit82

Technically, this could also be classified as Worst Knock-Off if it becomes eligible for any awards, since this and the rest of the series are essentially stealing from The Real Ghostbusters' episode No One Comes to Lupusville, which presented the vampire-werewolf battle storyline in a far more entertaining and genuinely scary way ("I'm picking up PKE readings in front of us...and to the right...and to the left...and behind us...Gentlemen, we're surrounded...")("Turnip?"  "Yes, it is.").   

I guess that means it is true what they say, there aren't any new stories left, just ways to retell the ones that we already have. It's just that some retellings are worse than others.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2009 at 5:20pm
To be fair, Underworld has experienced some minor success and has some following. Now, I can't really explain why, but I've liked them up until now. I saw U3 on Friday, set my expectations pretty low, and it was ya know... mediocre. The thing that always bugged me about Underworld was that they were always using guns to fight, even though guns didn't really seem to have an effect on anything, and those have been taken out for this one. The sword fighting left a bit to be desired, but there were no pointless guns. All in all, it was pretty blah, as I expected. There are definitely worse movies out there, at least. But one thing that Underworld will always have going for it, Bill Nighy is the coolest, most prototypical vampire out there, and he has the perfect mannerisms for it. I felt the costumes in general for the vampires at least were pretty cool.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2009 at 11:58pm

And if a third movie wasn't bad enough, word has it a TV series is in the works.

Underworld director Len Wiseman is set to downsize his werewolf versus vampire movie franchise by turning it into a TV drama.

The director has just released Underworld: Rise of The Lycans in America, and he admits he has small-screen plans for the future.

Wiseman, who met and fell for his wife Kate Beckinsale on the first Underworld film, tells BloodyDisgusting.com, "There's a lot of talk about a television series and I'm looking into that. If I could be very involved... I'd be very interested in that.

"We had always hoped to do a trilogy, and now that we've completed that, it's kind of open."

The first two movies were okay, but a TV series? I know a TV series based on "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" was in the works, but I don't think it ever got off the ground. Successful movie spin-off series like "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" and "M*A*S*H" only come once in a lifetime.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 3:04am
Yea, I could see where they could make a TV series around Underworld. I just don't see how they could make it "not $|-|!+" Even if you like Underworld, as I do, your patience is pretty much on empty at this point.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CriticalFrank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 25 2009 at 2:51pm
I will admit, with some reluctance, that I saw all three of the Underworlds, in the theater, on opening day. I will also admit, with equal reluctance, that I actually enjoyed the first two. They were kinda fun, in a stupid lose yourself in the action sort of way, the type of movie that one can watch with a stupid grin on their face, and just sort of let the mind roam. That, and they had Kate Beckinsale, and if that isn't enough to get a straight guy interested, perhaps you should check to make sure you're not blind.

The problem with this third one is, it retreads material that was covered sufficiently in a very brief flash back in one of the previous films. The movie was entirely unnecessary, and took out one of the best parts of the originals (once again, I'm talking about Kate... or Scott Speedman, for the ladies out there.) Where are the fun guns, and flashy action? Gone. Where is the small bit of heart that was injected into the first movies? Gone.

All that is left is an empty husk of a movie, tossed out to the remaining fans of this series, like festering meat to a rabid dog. It was a slap on the face. It was a tired retread of the Romeo and Juliet story (or Pyramus and Thisbe, for those that want to point out that Romeo and Juliet was a retread of old territory as well...) Sure, this is what the series was in a nutshell, anyway, but much like the ill-fated Halloween III: Season of the Witch, once you take away the main characters, the series can not sustain itself. One can only hope that Hollywood has learned its lesson with this one, and will let the Lycans die finally.

(First post here by the way, be gentle :-P )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michaels Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 25 2009 at 5:47pm
I agree, the first two were fun, but there was no point for this one since the flashbacks in the first two told how the war between vampires and lycans began. Oh why, Kate Beckinsale, why did you have to leave action movies? Why couldn't you stay for one last movie so we could find out what happens after "Underworld 2"? Instead, we get this crap. SIGH!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CriticalFrank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 25 2009 at 10:26pm
Honestly, if this is the crap that they had planned, perhaps it is a good thing that Kate bailed on it. I'd hate to have her lend her body...er... I mean talents to this schlock.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dEd Grimley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 03 2009 at 12:57pm
Doing this movie would only have hurt her career, while Rhona Mithra has far less name recognition, and is just as hot. So it gives her another chance to show herself off, and it gave Michael Sheen a role that was a little more challenging than that silly Frost/Nixon movie. Talk about an easy role.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote CriticalFrank Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2009 at 12:15am
I don't know if I would say that Rhona is just as hot as Kate, but she is close. Either way, movies like this are why she may never get the recognition she might deserve...
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