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Forget about Gone Girl, Dracula Untold is where its at, right? Dracula Untold tells, well, the untold story of Dracula (Luke Evans). When we first meet him he's a father, husband and a leader, set on saving his kingdom from evil. When this evil arrives, the Turks, he must gain powers no other man has. He must gain powers that will be enough to take down his enemies and protect his family, along with every other family under his rule. To do this he climbs to the top of a mountain and into a cave where he intends on finding the master vampire (Charles Dance), the only one capable of giving him such power.
If nothing else, the cast do their best job. With so little to work with, the cast of this film manage to conquer up a storm, each giving off the best performances possible, given the circumstances. The supporting cast may fail miserably, but at least we've got good old Luke Evans to bring some energy to this film. He's not the ideal choice to portray the classic Dracula, although this film is not that. It's a retelling of the story, as all classic franchises/legends/stories must have apparently. The film is pumped up to a whole new level, adding in more action and more sex so they can appeal to the modern audience. Not only is it disrespectful to the source material, but it's also a failure by its own standards. If you take away the performances then this film has nothing that works for it. Actually, I'll give this film the privilege of having decent special effects, but take that and the performances away and you're left with nothing.
With a slim plot and a messy structure, Dracula Untold sets itself out to fail. The film tries to focus more on the consequences of being a vampire rather than actually having a plot to work around. Some of the ideas that this film creates about being a vampire are very interesting. Some laughable, others smart. The idea of a vampire vision, although surely done before, make this film appear as if it's trying to be good. This is only an appearance though, and most definitely not the truth. The film is lazy, replacing story with action. Instead of creating a bunch of characters that matter and that we should care about, this film decides to use a herd of supporting characters that are either here to deliver one pivotal line of dialogue then leave, or they appear to fight against the turks and die. Outside of Dracula, nobody really matters in the movie. They try to make his family matter by having the son narrate the story (how the hell did he know what was going on with his father anyway?), but this just makes the film come across as even more of a cop out.
The ending of this film is the cheesiest, most forced and unnecessary aspect of the entire movie. Unfortunately I can't go on with this review without spoiling the entire film so stop reading here if you wish to go unspoilt. When we finally, and thankfully, reach the film's ending we jump ahead a few hundred years to the modern day. We see Dracula living among the humans. This is where he meets a reincarnation of his former wife, played by the same actress. Not only is it incredibly stupid, much like the rest of the movie, but it also feels so very forced and highly unoriginal. It is the filmmaker's attempt at making a happy ending for these characters, but in doing so it leaves the audience infuriated and unhappy.
To sum up, Dracula Untold is a boring, story-less, messy and updated tale on Dracula with more action and more sex placed in simply to appeal to a modern audience and an unnecessary ending that comes across as a cop out.