A prequel to the first two Underworld films, this fantasy explains the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. Aided by his secret love, Sonja, courageous Lucian leads the Lycans in battle against brutal Vampire king Viktor.
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"Dark City" production designer Patrick Tatopoulos graduates to the director's chair for this "Underworld" spin-off that's about as compelling as a lower-budgeted, Kate Beckinsale-less prequel sounds. That said, this benefits greatly from the fact that Tatopoulos is a visualist first, storyteller second, with "Rise" leaning heavily on its period setting for a welcome and occasionally lavish gothic fantasy atmosphere.