I read Bram Stoker’s Dracula years ago, after seeing the movie with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. It’s a movie I’ve watched again and again, and I didn’t think anything could come close to how much I loved it.
But Dracula Untold completely blew me away. I had no idea what to expect after reading the short blurb on my DVR…and I’ve been over the whole Vampire thing for a while now. Not to mention movies have been so gory and gross lately.
Approached from a completely different angle, this story isn’t about the old gray count tucked away in his castle who vants to suck urr blood. This movie is about Vlad the Impaler, and the dark sacrifice he made to save his Kingdom. Taken when he was little to serve for the Turkish army, Vlad has a painful, violent past. After years of fighting, he’s finally settled down as the Prince of Transylvania…peaceful at last with his wife and son. Until one day on a scouting mission they discover something evil. Something deadly.
When the Turks demand 1,000 boys from his Kingdom, including his only son, Vlad visits that evil and makes a deal with the Devil: his life to save his people.
Visually, this movie was brilliant and magical. It’s a dark, gothic love story that ends with a beautiful twist. It’s a tale about soulmates and honor. About sacrifice and resisting unspeakable temptation. Luke Evans does an amazing portrayal of a powerful Dark Prince. He’s sexy, believable and an amazing actor that made this movie both epic and unforgettable.