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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a American action horror film directed by Patrick Tatopoulos and starring Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, and Kevin Grevioux.

The film is the third installment in the Underworld franchise and a prequel to the 2003 film Underworld. The film focuses primarily on the origins of the characters and the events that lead up to the Vampire–Lycan war. Kate Beckinsale, who starred in the previous Underworld movies, appears briefly at the end of the movie.

The film tells the story of Lucian, the first werewolf born capable of taking human form and the first to be called a Lycan. Viktor, a vampire elder, raises the child, envisioning a race of Lycan slaves guarding the coven’s fortress during the day and working as laborers for the vampires at night.

The forests and the countryside are filled with savage werewolves born from William’s rampage, and human nobles have taken to begging Viktor for protection against the beasts: he grants it in exchange for tributes of silver, which enables him to keep his slaves under control. As Lucian grows up, he and Viktor’s daughter Sonja fall in love, and in their adult years they begin a secretive intimate relationship. Sonja is reckless and insubordinate, and one night Lucian escapes the shackles preventing him from turning werewolf and rescues Sonja from his werewolf brethren. Despite acknowledging that Lucian rescued his daughter, Viktor cannot forgive the escape and has Lucian whipped and imprisoned.

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos

Writers: Danny McBride (characters & story & screenplay), Dirk Blackman (screenplay), Len Wiseman (characters & story), Robert Orr (story), Kevin Grevioux (characters)

Stars: Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux, David Aston, Geraldine Brophy

Cast:

Michael SheenLucian
Bill NighyViktor
Rhona MitraSonja
Steven MackintoshTannis
Kevin GreviouxRaze
David AstonColoman
Geraldine BrophyNobleman’s Wife
Leighton CardnoFearful Lycan
Alex CarrollYoung Lucian
Elizabeth HawthorneOrsova
Jason HoodDeath Dealer
Mark MitchinsonNobleman
Tania NolanLuka
Craig ParkerSabas
Timothy RabyJanosh (as Tim Raby)
Larry RewKosta
Peter TaitGyorg
Olivia TaylforthYoung Sonja
Jared TurnerXristo
Eleanor WilliamsTeenage Girl
Edwin WrightDeath Dealer Captain
Brian SteeleBig Lycan / Creature Performer
Kate BeckinsaleSelene
Shane BrollyKraven
Kurt CarleyCreature Performer
Richard KnowlesCreature Performer
Dale PavinskiLycan soldier
Samuel WheelerDeath Dealer Vampire

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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