MOVIE REVIEW: “I vant to suck your blood!” (bet you read that in Dracula’s voice, didn’t you?) “Dracula: Untold” stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Raven), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Enemy), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, Need for Speed), Art Parkinson (Love, Rosie, The Anomaly), Charles Dance (The Imitation Game, Last Action Hero), Diarmaid Murtagh (The Monuments Men, Good People), and Noah Huntley (28 Days Later…, Snow White and the Huntsman). It is directed by Gary Shore. This movie presents the origin of the long told tale of Dracula. In the movie, Lord Vlad (Evans) is the king of a small kingdom that has been living in peace for a while. That is until the Turks come in. They have been a threat to Vlad’s kingdom for a long time and he once was their soldier and did horrible, monstrous things (it’s what gave him his name: Vlad the Impaler). The Turks demand the kingdom to hand over 1,000 boys for their army. To save his kingdom and family, Vlad climbs a mountain and enters a cave to find a monster that he once seen before: a vampire. He gets the vampire to turn him into a vampire so he can have to powers to defend his kingdom. But it will come at a price. The powers only last for three days….but that’s only if he doesn’t feed. If he drinks someone’s blood within that time period, he stays a vampire for eternity. It is a task that Vlad has to take up though, because his kingdom depends on it.
I didn’t have too high expectations for this movie and in a way, it helped. Because if I did, this movie would’ve turned out awful. The story is average. I’ve learned of Vlad the Impaler before and it was cool to see his back story get put forth in this movie. This film has a dark tone and that is something I like about it because it can give you chills. I’ve been really wanting to see a monster movie after seeing “Van Helsing”, but this movie can go either way from what perspective you have of it. The acting was really good. I thought everyone did a good job and they portrayed their characters nicely. I think what I liked most about this film was the special effects. They were amazing. It was eye candy to see Vlad slowly chip away into ash in the sunlight and to see him turn into bats when he fought. With this okay movie came quite a bit of cons. The first that comes to mind is that the plot can get uninteresting at times. I mean, I didn’t doze off at all or check the time, it’s just it feels like this movie loses its “umph” in places (you could also call it pizzazz). Another con would be the action scenes. While the special effects are awesome and there are some good action shots, most of them are scrambled and confusing. With fast cuts and wobbly cameras, its hard to see any punches or sword cutting go down. I mean, they had one shot where you had to see a fight from the reflection of a sword, which sounds cool, but is hard to comprehend when watching it. The last con would have to be the ending. It was tragic. Yes, Dracula isn’t a nice story, but it seems like all the characters had no purpose except Vlad. All that was built up with his son and wife were thrown away. And then they fast-forward into the future and it made no sense. It felt like they were trying to set up a sequel, which I don’t see happening anytime soon. In the end, this movie felt more like a miss than a hit and becomes a “watch once” type movie at best. FINAL SCORE: 65%= Burnt Popcorn
Here is the trailer: