Director Gary Shore revamps the mythos surrounding Vlad the Impaler in Dracula Year Zero, a Universal Pictures release from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. The horror tale is set to take place in Romania during the Turkish invasion as Vlad (Luke Evans) goes to the greatest of lengths to fight for his homeland -- even if it means selling his soul and becoming forever doomed as a creature of the night. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Gary Shore
Cast: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper.
Release Date: Oct 10, 2014
Rated PG-13 for Intense Sequences of Warfare, Disturbing Images, Some Sensuality and Vampire Attacks
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min. Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror
Dracula Untold desperately wants to be the start of a new franchise. Everything about it screams origin story, something we’ve seen countless times before in countless other films. This take on Dracula borrows heavily from the superhero genre mixed with a healthy dose of Lord of the Rings style battles. Luke Evans is appropriately grim and determined as the titular Dracula even if he can’t quite find a solid grip on something original about the character. That’s hardly a surprise since the character has been done so many times most children could probably recite the standard mythology, most of which is rehashed yet again here. Still, Evans tries hardily to trudge through the pedestrian storyline hitting all the standard notes. The film might have been strong if Dominic Cooper had been given better material to work and made better use of the villain. On the plus side, Gary Shore keeps his movie moving at a brisk pace throwing in enough visual flourishes to keep it interesting enough to hold your attention. The ending leaves open a massive door for future sequels which could be more intriguing than this run of the mill origin story.