by Lorie Lewis Ham
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I have been a fan of vampires for as long as I can remember, so when I heard there was going to be a new Dracula movie I couldn’t wait. I went to see Dracula Untold not really having a clue what it was going to be like, but had heard rumors that this Dracula was some sort of hero–interesting concept.
Dracula Untold explores the origin of Dracula, weaving together vampire mythology and the true history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, giving us a Dracula that is more a flawed hero with a tragic love story, then the evil vampire we are used to. The story is set in a dark age of magic and war. Vlad is desperate to save his people and his family from the evil Turkish armies. The Turks took a thousand boys to be their soldiers, including young Vlad, when he was a boy and they taught him to be a warrior–the greatest warrior of all time who would impale his victims with a wooden stake. He is now the King of his people and they have a tenuous peace with the Turks, but this is disrupted when the current Turkish King decides he wants another 1000 of their boys, including Vlad’s son. Vlad goes to whatever lengths he must to stop this, even making a deal with an evil vampire for his power. Vlad is now able to defend his people and his family but at what cost?
If you have read my reviews before you know I’m not a big fan of origin stories, and while this one did start off a bit slow like most origin stories, I did enjoy this one much more than most. There are rumors out there that this will be the beginning of a sort of monsters as heroes/Avenger’s type series of movies, and I for one can’t wait! The ending to this movie was a wonderful teaser that left me wanting more-now! Be warned, there is a lot of graphic violence in this, but it’s to be expected when you combine war and vampires.
Luke Evans is a perfect Vlad/Dracula. I really liked him in the Three Musketeers and the Immortals, and I loved him in this. His casting made the movie. He and Sarah Gordon who played his wife have really great chemistry as well and I liked the fact that she wasn’t portrayed as some sort of helpless damsel–she was a perfect match for Vlad.
What better flick to go see the week of Halloween than this one! It’s filled with action, love, and vampires.
Check out the trailer on the movie website.
Dracula Untold is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6, also in 3D. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.