92 Min. | Action – Drama – Fantasy | October 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Director: Gary Shore
Staring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon
Dracula Untold Review: In a voiced-over intro of Dracula Untold, we learn that the Turks during their empire had the habit of taking male children from their conquered lands to grow up as soldiers for the empire. One of these children was Vlad Tepes who became an extraordinary soldier and come to be known as Vlad the Impaler. He became close, like a brother, to one important Turk. Eventually, he returns to his family and his little domain where he’s a prince. Soon enough the Turks arrive and demand 1000 boys including his son. He’s also accused of killing from Turks in the area. Earlier we learned that intrigued by the remains of some dead Turks Vlad and his friends climbed a mountain. There he encountered a creature. Now he has a few days to deliver the boys. Knowing that up in the mountain is something powerful enough to kill Turks he goes up there and meets the vampire. It suggests a deal. It can offer him the power to kill Turks, to regenerate, if he’s willing to drink the vampire’s blood. In a couple of days he will have to start to feed on human blood. At that point in Dracula Untold, the vampire will be freed from his condition.
Vlad agrees and destroys Turks. He thinks he can defeat them before he needs to feed. Of course he can only fight during the night, he can’t tolerate silver or the sun. The Turks keep sending wave and wave of armies after him and his people, who hide in a monastery, where the monks actually turn against him. And the Turks end up outsmarting him, capturing his wife and son. That’s when he’s forced to take the most difficult of decisions. But he’s also a bright guy and comes up with a good idea to decimate the Turks leading to a confrontation with the sultan. Dracula Untold is so much more than the trailer promised. It not some mindless CGI battle movie that happens to have Dracula as the central character.
There’s a lot of history, there’s a lot of literature, there’s a lot of heart. Dracula Untold features a wonderful and mind-blowing little poem relevant to the story. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of other meaningful characters. The movie doesn’t even manage to make the nemesis stand out. The master vampire is also miscast. But the most important strength of this movie is something that no other Dracula movie has done-make Dracula the hero. Still, in every Dracula and vampire movie it’s Dracula or the vampire who is the villain. And in every movie you root for him and not the humans. And in every movie he ends up defeated. Finally, in Dracula Untold you’re meant to root for Dracula. In that regard at least Dracula Untold is downright revolutionary. The story is also more elaborate than you would expect. The movie would take this or that expected turn and end on some obvious note. But it never did. It managed to surprise until the very end.