Underworld: Rise of the Lycans takes the Underworld franchise back to it’s attempts at Romeo and Juliet roots, but looking at the earliest version of the story told in the original. And it doesn’t really work. Feeling structureless and not really revealing anything new about the story revealed in the second half of Underworld, Rise of the Lycans falls short of anything interesting. Like the previous two films, it is gorgeously designed, but lacks the same style or any of the fun modernity of them. It ultimately makes me wish they’d gone harder into LotR emulation territory, having fun with the battles, and being a MA rated franchise, gone harder with the violence, but it’s ultimately entirely underwhelming. Sheen and Nighy, though, show up and do the damn job, giving solid performances out of a fairly lacklustre script.
Sadly, this is just lacking in every regard.