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Independence Day

July 4, 2010 Leave a comment

In the words of Bill Pullman….

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

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Underworld: Rise of The Lycans

March 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The third installment of the franchise that I quickly became a fan of from the very first scene in the first film. This time being a prequel that gives us the origin of Lucian’s rise to being the powerful leader of the Lycans. First being the human born son of a werewolf and thus being enslaved by Viktor, the leader of the vampires, to create a new species called the Lycans that act as protectors during the daylight from the werewolves. A secret and forsaken love affair between Lucian and Viktor’s daughter Sonja starts a chain of events that leads to the centuries long feud between the two bloodlines.

All the actors involved in the first two films whose characters can fit into this story have returned, most being supporting cast. Viktor is played by Bill Nighy (Pirates of The Caribbean Trilogy, Love Actually) and Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, Alice in Wonderland) as Lucian. Kevin Grevioux returns as Lucian’s friend Raze, he also originally created the characters and co-wrote the original story. Newcomer to the film who plays the essential role that starts the feud is Rhona Mitra (Doomsday, Shooter) as Sonja. Sadly but rightfully so, the beautiful Kate Beckinsale (Serendipity, Pearl Harbor) is only seen as Selene at the very end of the movie which is actually the opening scene to the first film. She does act as narrator in this installment though.

The director’s chair has been handed off to Patrick Tatopoulos, who was the creature designer on the previous two films as well as numerous other films like Independence Day & I Am Legend. Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard), the director of the first two films and husband to Kate Beckinsale, stayed on as a producer and is currently working on a fourth installment to the franchise once again as a producer.

The argument can be made that this film may not have been necessary since the mythos behind the feud was pretty well told in the previous two installments but now we just get it in feature-length. It’s still an enjoyable film if you are a fan and the quality has not been diminished. The gothic asthetic look that this franchise has is how I like to see my vampire/werewolves movies done which is probably why I was attracted to the first movie to begin with. Plus its Kate Beckinsale in leather and Rhona Mitra is just as fine in this one as well. The performances by the main two characters are great as these two actors can’t do wrong, both being critically praised and/or nominated for awards  for previous works. I’ll keep watching this franchise if it continues to be handled by the same crew. Rating 7/10