I think we all knew that Dracula was really just a misunderstood nice guy. It was just bad luck that he was previously known as Vlad the Impailer. We’ve all had bad days right? The kind of day when you want to impale your enemies on tall spikes? No? Well… me neither. Dracula Untold is the beginning of what is currently known as the Universal Monster Universe. In the same way that Marvel and DC have movies that tie in with each other Universal plans to do so with all of its monster movie properties. Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for? Not really. That being said, I kind of enjoyed Dracula Untold.
Dracula Untold is the story of how the man Vlad the Impailer became the creature we know as Dracula. The film stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as Vlad the Impaler: a lovable family man who used to impale people on long poles while living a life of forced servitude under Turkish rule. Swearing off a life of killing, Vlad brings peace to the land of Transylvania as tribute prince to the Turkish Empire. But this peace can’t last forever. If it did the movie would be super boring. When Turkish Sultan Mehmed played by Domonic Cooper (Need for Speed) arrives this peace is tested. Vlad has two options:
- Give the sultan his money and 1,000 of his land’s children, including his own, to be soldiers in the Sultan’s army.
- Refuse and have the entire power of the Sultan’s army destroy his homeland, family, and countryman.
Neither sound great, but Vlad picks the one that is best for his countrymen. Well, kind of. It turns out it’s really only better for his son in the short term. Because of his foolish decision he needs a way to overcome the sultan’s army. “Hey, wasn’t I just conveniently told about a vampire with the power of 100 men living in a dark cave nearby?” It is here that Vlad meets the Master Vampire Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) and is given his power on loan for three days. The catch? If you drink the blood of any human you will be this way forever. Spoiler alert… He eventually drinks the blood. It’s here that the movie starts picking up some steam and doesn’t let up. What follows are a lot of very cool looking, action packed battle scenes where the now over powered Vlad disposes of entire armies by summoning bats to become fists.
I’m not sure how that works or how he knew to do it, but it looked pretty cool!
The above quote could be a summary of the movie. This movie was filled with a lot of great looking stuff that didn’t make a lot of sense if you think about it too much. That being said it was a fun movie to eat popcorn while watching. If you go in expecting a fantastically acted, well thought out monster movie with great effects you will be two thirds disappointed. If you go in expecting to have some fun, see some cool effects and see a decently acted likable Dracula you may enjoy this movie.
Dracula Untold was an interesting take on the Dracula Myth. We get to see how a good man can turn to evil for good reasons. We even come to like this man. Though a lot of fun to watch, it ultimately disappoints due to lazy story telling and a far too serious tone. However, once the drama tones down and the action picks up Dracula Untold is a lot of fun. Let’s be honest, no one is going to this movie to see drama. People want to see one thing: Dracula summoning bat fists. Dracula, the original Batman. If you were a fan of movies like Van Helsing, Underworld or Hellboy you’ll probably enjoy this as I did. If not, skip it. Dracula Untold is a little silly, but it’s a good time.