In a way it would be appropriate for me to say “Long before Twilight, Underworld was one of the first stories of how the Vampires were at war with the Werewolves”
Actually that’s a pretty accurate statement but how has this franchise held up? It was a sleeper hit back in 2003 and it’s follow up movies have done pretty well. The first 2 stared Kate Beckinsale while the third one was a prequel which stared Rhona Mitra. The result was legions of fans demanding for Beckinsale to return in her tight leather outfit and corset.
In a nutshell
Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.
First of all Kate Beckinsale leads the list of all time sexy female action stars. She brings such great physicality to her role with the impressive stunts and fight scenes but shes cooler than “Iceman” from Top Gun. Ok it might not be the best analogy but it’s the way she fights, just like the way Val Kilmer’s character flies, Ice cold, no mistakes.
The screenplay continues to be led by Beckinsale’s husband Len Wiseman and that should be enough for fans of the franchise. I’m sure like myself, a fan since the original in 2003, did we need a part 4? Ya sure fair enough part 3 was a prequel but a part 4, what else is there to tell?
Truth is, after watching it, I can’t wait for part 5 already. The reason is because this film did very well as a set up for another sequel. Without giving too much away, you’ll find that the storyline focuses on a new enemy being the humans and the vampires finding their new place in this new world.
The setting is very much a cross between Doomsday (incidentally stared Rhona Mitra who played Sonja in Underworld Rise of the Lycans) and Resident Evil. And it was very clever the way Scott Speedman’s character was still in the franchise by means of archive footage and a stand in shot from afar. Undoubtedly he has to return for the fifth installment if this “set-up” is gonna work out.
The only negative thing I can say about the film is that it was too short. At 1 hour and 28 mins, there was quite a bit more they could have built on without making it too draggy. For example more could have been revealed about what happened during the 12 years of Selene’s capture and perhaps a little more on Detective Sebastian who previously was married to a vampire.
That being said, the action scenes were in the class of the original if not better.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This should be the way a Vampires vs Werewolves story should be told. Not like erm…..well you know what I’m gonna say.
By Elliott Danker
Underworld Awakening opens in cinemas 2 Feb
Images courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore
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