An hour and a half of Vampires killing Turks
With DC and Marvel both fighting it out with their multi-character movie universes, Universal is hoping to give their monsters of old an Avengers-style makeover with similar results, all of which is kicked off by years dark fantasy-action blockbuster Dracula Untold.
Starting Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6) as Prince Vlad/Dracula, a young Transylvanian prince, faced with the dilemma of fighting the massive Turkish army or turning his son over to the same people that gave him a torturous upbringing, with the Sultan (Dominic Cooper) unsympathetic Vlads pleas, sets out track down the first vampire Caligula (Charles Dance) and gain the strength to defeat the Turks, not only saving his young family, but also his thrown, with the help of some pretty vicious bats of-course.
With a surprisingly layered storyline and a fair amount of the run time devoted to developing the character of Vlad, the film always felt as it was the first in a series of films, rather than a stand-alone movie, this, however, is not a criticism, as it is good to see a bit more thought put into fantasy characters and there were enough vampires killing soldiers to keep the film interesting for the rest of the film.
The film is at heart an origin story, with a lot of different story-lines to get in before the next film in the universe The Mummy (2016), so it’s understandable that a few have complained about just how busy the storyline is in parts, though this is just a minor gripe in an overall above average fantasy horror film, especially given how it is the first step in launching a darker movie universe than we have been treated too since the original Universal horrors ran throughout the ’60s and ’70s.