‘Dracula Untold’: Film Review

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
‘Dracula Untold’: Film Review

What are you willing to give up for your family and loved ones? “Dracula Untold” exemplifies how one man is willing to risk all, including his humanity to save his son, his family, his kin and his kingdom.

“Dracula Untold” Synopsis and Review


Fast & Furious 6″ and Immortals” cast member Luke Evans 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, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.

Set in Transylvania during the 15th century, “Dracula Untold” is a reimagining of the origins of Vlad Tepes, the Impaler, and the one who would come to be known as the mythological Dracula.Then, the Transylvanian prince Vlad III Țepeș and his kingdom has ushered in an era of peace after his successful campaign for the Turks, which earned him the name of “The Impaler”.

His period of peace is threatened, when Sultan Mehmed II, heir to the Turks throne demands 1,000 boys including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras to participate in his army. In order to save his family and kingdom, Vlad started his journey to the Broken Tooth Mountain. It is where he meets the cursed Caligula, a Roman emperor tricked by an ancient demon who becomes the first vampire. 

Caligula striked up a bargain that will allow Vlad to experience what it’s like to be a vampire for a short period of three days, giving him the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star and enough power to destroy his enemies. However, if Vlad succumbs to his insatiable thirst for human blood, he will forever be damned as a vampire.

“Dracula Untold” has received mixed to negative reviews from critics, scoring a rating of 30% based on 27 reviews for an average rating of 5/10.

“Much like the recent, widely reviled I, Frankenstein, this misconceived project mainly signals a need to go back to the drawing board,” says Hollywood Reporter critic Frank Scheck.

“This dull origin story about history’s most famous vampire suggests some tales are indeed best left untold” Variety’s Scott Foundas notes.

“Dracula Untold” is a feature film debut for director Gary Shore, who has directed from a script written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Universal Pictures has scheduled the theatrical release of the film on October 10, 2014 in theatres and IMAX.

That concludes our review of “Dracula Untold.” Keep your tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on upcoming movies.
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