It is the mid-1400's. Prince Vlad (Luke Evans) is peacefully trying to rule his people of Transylvania, but the Turks continue to cause problems. When he and two men come across a Turkish helmet washed downstream, they travel to the nearby mountain, "Broken Tooth", to investigate. They find a cave--and within it an ancient, ferocious vampire (Charles Dance). Vlad's soldiers are killed and fed upon--but he escapes after managing to get into the daylight. Afterwards he learns the story about this vampire, which comes in handy when a group of Turk soldiers appear.
There's a new Sultan (Dominic Cooper of CAPTAIN AMERICA 1 & 2), a man Vlad was raised with when he was a political prisoner of the Turks--and he wants 1000 boys for his army or people will be killed. Trying spare this horror for his people he meets in person with the Sultan, who now wants Vlad's only son as well. At first it seem like he's going to do this, to protect all the civilians, but when he goes to make the exchange he slaughters all the Sultan's men. Now, he has to do something drastic in order to fight the army that is coming. So he goes back to Broken Tooth Mountain and asks for the monster to give him the curse. He does, with a stipulation, and Vlad receives not only the strength of a hundred men but can control the "creatures of the night" as well as the weather. If the prince can abstain from drinking human blood for three days he'll revert back to human. If not, he'll become a full-vampire. The rest of the movie is him battling his growing hunger and battling the Turk's army.
From seeing the preview of this film I did not have high hopes. But movie surprised me--I was very entertained and intrigued of how they incorporated the character made famous by author Bram Stoker into this "Game of Thrones" scenario. DRACULA UNTOLD takes a classic monster character and makes him interesting again . Highly recommended.