Although I have grown weary of prequels, I found this one hard to resist. Underworld : Rise Of The Lycans promised to visit the origins of the war between the Vampires and the Lycans. The focus is on Lucian (Michael Sheen) the very first werewolf who was able to retain his human form. The ruthless Vampire Elder Viktor (Bill Nighy) spared Lucian’s life for being able to experiment on creating an army of Lycans slaves to serve the vampires. But Viktor’s daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra) falls in love with Lucian and they indulge in an illicit affair.
We see Lucian going to rescue of Sonja as she is attacked by werewolves while she goes to guide a small group of humans who are paying tax to Viktor for protection against the werewolves. Lucian breaks off his collar and changes into a lycan in order to save Sonja but Viktor is furious at him for breaking the rule of not taking off the collar. He has Lucian whipped 30 times for this disobedience.
Lucian escapes and frees several other imprisoned lycans but he has to go back for Viktor has imprisoned Sonja on finding out about the affair. While rescuing her, Viktor and his men attack the two and Sonja reveals the fact that she is carrying Lucian’s baby. Enraged Viktor captures them both and has her killed by exposing her to sunlight, as a distraught Lucian watches. Later he tries to escape and his cries alert the rest of the lycans who rush into the fortress and attack the vampires.
A huge brutal battle ensues & towards the end Lucian forces his sword through Viktor’s mouth and head and drops his body to the water. However, Viktor does not die and escapes along with a vampire called Tannis on a boat and retires into a hibernation chamber. The lycans are victorious but Lucian knows that this is just the beginning of the war between them and the vampires.
The story is already known from the first movie (albeit in a short flashback) so why did they bother making a whole movie out of it? Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of the series but they could have tried a different approach. I’d rate the movie much below the first two.