In this sword wielding 300-esque origin story of Prince Vlad the Impaler, (Luke Evans) the portrayal of the man known as Vlad, who becomes Dracula is bestowed upon as a hero caught in a tragic love story.
That’s right…Vlad the Impaler, the man who rumor has it drank the blood of his victims, nearly impaled everyone he met, and killed close if not over 100,000 people. More hero than monster??
Dracula, who was given up by his father at a young age was raised by his enemies, the Turks, to be a great warrior, found himself at a crossroads of desperation. The Prince Vlad had very little alternative to save his people of Transylvania, only to turn to drinking the blood of a Vampire. Which in turn, gave him the strength of 10 men, (supposedly) the ability to travel as a flock of bats and manipulate the creatures into a swarm. These gifts would not go without repercussions…only being able to travel by night, avoiding silver and the holy cross, you know the same old Dracula weaknesses.
What made this interesting, for what it’s worth is Evans portrayed a noble martyr, loyal husband and father more than an evil, ruthless blood-sucking winged creature of the night. The noble Prince, turned Dracula, was at wits-end and forced by Mehmed (Dominic Cooper) to hand over a thousand Transylvanian child soldiers for his army, to which he refused. Making a pact with the forces of evil, he had three days to kill of the Turkish army, all while not succumbing to his bloodthirsty urge. If so, his vampirism would become permanent. As the movie would have it, Dracula what he now goes by just runs through thousands of the Turks army vowing to save him people of Transylvania.
The battle scenes were actually well shot, although bloodless and absent on the gore. Dracula Untold held true to it’s PG-13 rating. The movie, a little rushed, was still entertaining with visuals straight out of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Game of Thrones’. Also having quite a few of Chris Nolan-esque, ‘Batman Trilogy’ heroic lines, such as: “Sometimes the world doesn’t need a hero, it needs a monster” and “Even after the darkest night, the sun will rise again.”
The story wasn’t fantastic, but it certainly wasn’t a bore…this story of Dracula certainly could have remained ‘Untold’.