Dracula Untold

Transylvanian prince Vlad Țepeș (Luke Evans), whose period of peace is threatened by Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper), who demands 1,000 of his principality’s boys, including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson), to join his army. Desperate to protect his family and the people of his kingdom Vlad turns to the dark supernatural force that dwells in the broken tooth mountain, the ancient sorcerer, Caligula (Charles Dance).  There Vlad enters into an agreement which grants him immense powers that will save his kingdom.  However Vlad must resist the insatiable thirst for three days of forever be dammed to the live of a Vampire.  Vlad now with the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star has enough dark power to destroy his enemy’s heads towards a battle which ultimately leads him to embrace his destiny as the legendary vampire Dracula son of the Devil.

Instead of the tried and somewhat tired 1897 story of Dracula by Irish novelist Bram Stoker Dracula Untold does exactly what it says and tells its own untold origin story for its title character, Count Dracula.  Dracula Untold focuses on the man that would become the monster, the story of Vlad the Impaler, a prince who uses dark powers to protect his family and kingdom, from the onslaught of an old and vicious enemy.  There is more going on that has yet to be alluded to in this movie, the threads that are left hanging don’t require any tugging as the story focuses on Vlad and his family while the supernatural dark forces behind his transformation are used to push the story along rather than be the main focus of it.  The driving force behind the choices Vlad makes are not for personal gain, it’s not greed or want for power but that of love and family.  The elements of love family friendship and what one will do to protect the people he loves are at the very core of this movie.  It is all heart, a bloody still bumping tasty heart..

Why did I chose this movie?  Keith did, well I suggested the cinema and Keith suggested the movie.  It is hard to tell you too much without spoiling what I discovered, a problem I often run into when reviewing movies that are just out.  What I will say is that the scope is further reaching than the 92 min run time.  The cast assembles is nothing short of perfect, all filling a roll rather than playing up to one and the special effects used to push the story not to carry it.  It may not be the story you expect but being an untold origin story you can’t mark it down for that.  For the most part it’s a medieval war story with a supernatural twist, and an extra twist on an old fold tale.  The best Dracula movie I have watched n a long time.  I really enjoyed this movie and if you have the time I would go watch it.

Rating: C
Format: Cinema (Movie House: Coleraine)
I Would Buy This Movie

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