Rise of the Lycans was the third installment of the Underworld franchise. This one went back to the origins of Lucian (Michael Sheen) and how he became the leader of the Werewolves. The theme is more pronounced than the first movie about the world being divided between the haves the Vampires who are the lords and the Lycanthropes/Werewolves who are the have notes who serve as slaves.
The story of oppressors and oppressed is laid out right at the start. The vampire lord Viktor (Bill Nighy) returning from the original film, bred Lucian to be a servant and keep other werewolves subservient. Lucian is even told to kill other werewolves who are in the wild because they are considered “beasts.” This is a typical tactic to control the minds of slaves to repress them and turn them against their own kind.
Of course no system of oppression can go unchallenged and Lucian eventually leads an uprising which is the second part of the film.
The movie has plenty of action, plenty of werewolves and vampires, and a good message on top which makes it just as good as the two previous releases in the series.