Dracula Untold (2014)

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  • Time: 92 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Fantasy
  • Director: Gary Shore
  • Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks

Storyline:

Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – without succumbing to the darkness himself. Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula. Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure that co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, and Diarmaid Murtagh.

5 comments

  • I knew going in that this was not a traditional telling of the story. I was prepared for that. I was not prepared for the crud story. It was pretty slow, (i.e. did not get me interested) almost throughout the movie. It got real good after the wife died, but I get ahead of myself. The cinematography and graphics of the movie were great. The costumes were fantastic the props (except one) looked real and were believable. The story ruined the entire movie and is the only reason this is a 3 instead of a 7-8. There was way to much of the love story and not enough of the character building and action that was promised by the trailer.

    The bad prop mentioned earlier can be seen in the final battle when Dracula kills one of the henchmen. He is stabbed with his own sword and as he stands pinned to the post you can easily tell the thing is plastic or some sort of rubber.

    The absolute worst part happens in two parts, one Dracula is chasing his falling wife and cannot move fast enough to catch her. this of course after in several places in the movie prior to this he is lightning quick. Next his wife after falling what can only be at least three miles landing on a very rocky uneven ground lives and has no blood anywhere on her or the ground and is able to talk to her love and say goodbye.

    So crud story, good special effects, costumes and props (mostly).

  • I was looking forward to seeing this movie as I love Dracula and vampire films. It looked really good from the trailers! However I was so disappointed, I was literally bored all the way through and couldn’t wait for it to end!

    I know the history of Vlad and sure OK Hollywood likes to change things and why not spice it up a little and make him into an actual fantasy vampire. But it’s supposed to be Dracula Untold, many people don’t know the true story about Vlad. He wasn’t a vampire, he was just a normal human being! I think the writers should have focused more on the story portraying the truth, instead they’ve just turned it into another misconception. I studied Video and Film Production at Uni, I know what should make a film successful and this is definitely not it!

  • Dracula Untold is an unique take on the Dracula story, as Vlad the Impaler faces threats to his kingdom, with the order that the Turks demand one-thousand of his boys to join their army. Refusing to give in to their demands he makes a deal with a dangerous supernatural force in hope he can save his kingdom.

    It’s a refreshing take on the Dracula story and mixes history with action and the horror character, it also depicts Dracula, played by Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as an anti-hero (a lot like they did with Maleficent). Sadly this does not live up to the hype, the story is a mess with constant contradictions. For example he is informed that if he drinks blood, he will become this monster for an eternity, but wait, it’s insinuated towards the end that he can be killed by a steak through the heart, there are many more, but this one stands out the most.

    The action starts off all over the place, where it’s blurry or hard to see, however the more the film gets going the better the action becomes. They have some great scenes with some fantastic camera tricks and in the end the action is rather impressive and the best part of the overall film. If you wanted a film that focuses on the story with action in between, you’ll be short out of luck, the story is secondary to the action, such as when Dracula Untold PicVlad ‘becomes’ Dracula, it spends very little time on him getting use to his powers and instead rushes straight into the fighting.

    While it won’t be noticeable to most, the accents are plain awful, I personally don’t know how Turks would have sounded back in the time period Dracula Untold is set, however I’m pretty certain they never sounded like Russians, or a whole mix of different accents for that matter. Not one character seems to have the same accent and while some may sound like Turkish accents, the main characters sound terrible, most notably Dominic Cooper (Need For Speed).

    Dracula Untold is not going to be as exciting as it could have been and ruins it with a terrible open ended film, with an obvious aim to make a sequel. At the same time however, it’s enjoyable and if you love a good action film and aren’t bothered about plot holes, contradictions and awful accents, then this will be a good film to go see. Dracula Untold gets a 5.8/10, if there is to be a sequel, I do hope for much more consistency.

    Story 5.5
    Characters 6
    Interest 6.5
    Ending 4
    Action 7

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula has bred many a film adaptation from F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu in 1922 to Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. The latest, Dracula Untold, helmed by first-time director Gary Shore, presents our bloodthirsty nightcrawler as a prince who goes over to the dark side to save his kingdom.

    Per the prologue, it was common practice for Transylvanian boys to be enslaved by the Turks and bred to kill and crave blood. One such boy grew up to be known as Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans). Tired of the violence, Vlad returned to Transylvania to rule his realm in peace. His erstwhile brother Mehmed (Dominic Cooper), however, resurrects the practice of taking 1000 boys and recruiting them into the Turkish army. Mehmed refuses to exclude Vlad’s own son from the tribute: “What is one son? If you are virile, you’ll make plenty more.”

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  • If your looking for a good action flick with a decent plot this is the movie for you. With a 90min runtime I was expecting this movie to feel “rushed”, it felt far from that. The action was great, it did not disappoint with all the cool vampire abilities you see in the trailer, especially transforming into a group of bats. Being a Dracula movie there are things you have to expect, yes he receives his power by drinking blood, having all the vulnerabilities as every vampire (which they do very good in this movie) but the way this movie makes you root for Vlad(Dracula) you actually find yourself engulfed in the movie wanting him to overcome the darkness and win. However if you are a history buff and it irks you when movies take real life people and change their history for a movie, you will not enjoy this because it is loosely based off Vlad the Impaler. My Review 8/10 Excellent

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