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Luke Evans in Dracula Untold (2014)

12th century Romania and young Lord Vlad (Luke Evans) is doing his best to keep things peaceful in his kingdom. Trouble is that a Turk warlord is putting demands on Vlad including providing a thousand young boys to create an army, which would also include Vlad's own son. To protect his kingdom and his family Vlad seeks to harness a terrible power which will help him destroy the Turks but will change him forever.

Did it entertain me? That is the question which I almost always ask myself after watching a movie and to me it is more important than were the special effects the best they could be or was the storyline historically accurate. It is the reason why that sometimes I enjoy bad movies more than well made ones. So after watching "Dracula Untold" I find myself asking that question and I have to say honestly no it didn't.

And there is a simple reason for this; "Dracula Untold" tries to be a bit of everything and ends up feeling disjointed, being slow and tedious one minute and then effect filled action the next. What it means is that if you were to look at everything individually "Dracula Untold" ticks one box after another; Luke Evans delivers a strong performance whilst the special effects are undoubtedly impressive and the concept of a Dracula beginnings movie is nice. The trouble is that it simply doesn't come together in a consistent manner making it go from being exciting one minute and then slow and dull the next.

What this all boils down to is that "Dracula Untold" didn't do it for me and that came down to it trying to appeal to too many different people. It leaves it a movie a bit all over the place although with enough action and special effects to appeal to some audiences.

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