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Dracula Untold **1/2

Ever wondered where Dracula came from..? I suspect you might find that question vaguely intriguing… Luke Evans stars in this origins tale about the man who became the vampire of vampires… Problem is, he’s not the Count Dracula you might be thinking of.
In 15th-century Transylvania, Vlad III (Evans), prince of Wallachia, is known as a just ruler. But when the Ottoman Empire comes knocking and Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper) demands 1,000 of the country’s boys, including Vlad’s son, for his army, Vlad makes a deal with a monster that will enable him to defeat the Turks – but cost him his humanity.
Casting Dracula as a romantic hero changes the legend so dramatically that it’s hard to engage with this noisy, flat-footed action fest, which lacks scares, bite, or decent performances. Yes, it looks pretty, but if that threatened sequel happens, the makers will need to massively up their game.

Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper
Director: Gary Shore

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