Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dracula Untold
Released October 10th, 2014
1 hr 32 mins
Rated PG-13
Action/Adventure, Horror


Director: Gary Shore

Luke Evans as Vlad III Țepeș
Sarah Gadon as Mirena
Dominic Cooper as Mehmed II
Art Parkinson as Ingeras
Charles Dance as Caligula
Charlie Cox
William Houston as Cazan
Ferdinand Kingsley as Hamza Bey
Noah Huntley as Captain Petru
Dilan Gwyn as Governess
Zach McGowan as Shkelgim
Ronan Vibert as Simion "The Wise"
Diarmaid Murtagh as Dimitru
Thor Kristjansson as Bright Eyes
Joseph Long as Ömer
Damien Kivlehan as Wounded extra #1
M.C.Nowell as Long swordsman #1

Mick Sawyer as Long swordsman #2

Review by Stephen M.

Dracula Untold is the origin story of Dracula that you have never heard of, and the critics all wished it would have stayed this way.  I actually enjoyed the movie with all of its flaws in its plot looking at it in the perspective of a super hero origin movie.  Vlad gains supernatural powers, learns to use it (quite quickly) defeats the bad guys and lives happily ever after.  Great movie right?

(This paragraph contains some spoilers)
What kills the film is all the goofiness stuffed into this surprisingly short movie of its genre.  Goofiness such as the groupie that Vlad attracts after he becomes a vampire.  Or how close to the end where his son is in trouble, why he couldn't have just open up the dark clouds to save him to begin with.  Or how the monk could hold off so many vampires with his silver cross when 1) there are so many of them and 2) how much quicker they are than him.

With regards to the actors and actresses, they all had decent performances given the script and dialogues written for them.  Just nothing to write home about, deserving of exceptional praise.  The special effects were not bad, especially with the changing in and out of a wave of bats.  The makeup of Vlad and even his maker Caligula as a vampire as well was decent.  The armor of which is suppose to be importance especially with Vlad, was a bit of a letdown when you are build up to believe there is something greater behind door #1.

Overall, I would recommend waiting for it on Netflix,  but if you must watch it, to catch a matinee.  There is a lot more to dislike than like but if you go in with low expectations, there are some enjoyable and fun scenes.  Unfortunately, most of the ending does not fall into this category.


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