Coming to theatres to begin the Halloween month from director Gary Shore and Universal Pictures comes a story you don’t know with DRACULA UNTOLD.
This film tells the tale of Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans); it is the turn of the century and a peaceful time for his kingdom. Once having been a slave-child warrior for the Turks, he earned the nickname Vlad the Impaler. Not wanting that life anymore Vlad returns to his wife Mirena (Sarah Gadon) and son Ingeras (Art Parkinson).
Celebrating their twenty year peace, it is interrupted by the return of Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) who not only comes for tribute but for 1,000 boys to become, once again, slave-child warriors for the Turkish army. Vlad tries to reason with childhood friend Mehmed but fails.
His only choice is to discover what creature lives in the mountain. Vlad comes face to face with a master Vampire (Charles Dance) who gives him the opportunity to know the strength and power of being a vampire. As with all deals with monsters, it comes with a price.
It is a price Vlad must weight for his family and a kingdom he has sworn to protect!
FINAL WORD: Evans as Vlad does a tremendous job as the warrior turned peaceful leader of a kingdom. “We want to portray this character in a different light, we want to shake things up and what better place to start than from the beginning”, says Evans of his character. He gives believability to this man Vlad trying to fight the monster that he can become.
Gadon as wife Mirena is lovely and it is clear she will do anything to keep her child from the Turks. When she realizes Vlad has made a sacrifice like no other she stands by him. That doesn’t stop Mehmed from coming to take what he thinks he’s entitled to. Cooper as Mehmed has an Alexander or Napoleon complex believing that he can take without consequence. Oh most crazy rulers think the same.
Dance as the master Vampire is absolutely delicious to watch. The first time I saw this actor was as Sardo Numspa in THE GOLDEN CHILD. I knew then that he would be an actor that would stand out for me. Plus, without him how could my family constantly say, “My dear brother Numsey!” Yea, we love that stuff. Then, in 2011 he would capture us once again as Tywin Lannister and be thrilled once again. So it should be no shock that in DRACULA UNTOLD, he gets a chance to be evil once again!
Other cast include: Diamaid Murtaugh as Dimitru, Paul Kaye as Brother Lucian, William Houstan as Cazan, Noah Huntley as Captain Petru, Ronan Vibert as Simion, Zach McGowan as Shkelgim, Ferdinand Kingsley as Hamza Bey, Joseph Long as General Omer, Thor Kristjansson as Bright Eyes and Jakub Gierszal as Acemi.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give DRACULA UNTOLD four tubs of popcorn out of five. I will admit that there was a fleeting thought that this could go horribly wrong but from beginning to end I enjoyed it. There is a brief history and then straight to a story of the man turned creature but the ‘bad guy’ image is clearly given to the master Vampire. The story also leaves the door open for letting ‘the games begin’. I’d definitely be ready to see where the story goes.
Jenise says of the film, “It is definitely a four out of five tubs for me. The story was actually quite original in the way it was told. Told from a different perspective I really enjoyed it. Evans gets into the role and gives is some very cool angles. I honestly couldn’t find a single thing I didn’t like about the film.”
The cinematography is very well done and the IMAX only makes the images sharper and the sound is amazing. From the battles to the changing of Vlad, the film isn’t over done and the cgi actually compliments the story rather than take over the story.
So if you are ready for the thrills and scares to begin the Halloween season, then get the gang together and hit the theatres for DRACULA UNTOLD!
In the end – every bloodline has a beginning!