Basically a Dracula origin story, this plays very loose and fast with historical fact to retell the story of how Vlad the Impaler became a vampire (he did it to save his people from a massive Turk army, going to a close-by master vampire who turned him for a few days, with predictable long-term results).
Almost universally hated by critics, it’s another case that makes you wonder if most critics aren’t somewhat retarded. This is a movie where everyone knows from the start that Vlad will become a vampire, so what it needs is a true thrill ride to make it exiting and a compelling reason for Vlad to make the conscious decision to fall to the dark side (and everybody knows he’s too strong to just give in).
And the movie certainly delivers on that. While the story is a tragedy, the execution feels more like majestic action adventure with some exemplary sense of wonder moments (Vlad stamping down with his bats on the Turk army) and from start to finish is just fun to watch. Also the movie really makes you wish they had started on a sequel immediately, seeing Vlad and the master vampire in present day New York promises to be a lot of fun.