"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
An immortal battle for supremacy.
Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes smitten with a peace-loving male werewolf, Michael, who wants to end the war.
An effective blending of horror, action, and style, Len Wiseman's "Underworld" is an amped-up piece of cinematic candy. They may be empty calories, but the film easily thrills with its supernatural lore, raucous gunplay, and graphic-novel-inspired visuals. It is a slick, sleek horror entry, unfolding like a new millennium, gothic fever dream.
Revolving around characters caught up in a centuries-old war between vampires and werewolves, the narrative focuses on Kate Beckinsale's Selene, a leather-clad vampire looking to protect a human trapped in the supernatural blood-feud. The human, of course, is not what he seems, and Selene's quest to find the truth of her charge jeopardizes the lives of both groups of creatures.
The story is a solid foundation for a…
A Gothic horror film that doubles up as an action film was definitely something new back in 2003. We had "Blade" but the Gothic scenery and feel that Len Wiseman brought to life was a whole new take on a modern day vampires versus werewolves story-line.
This film does look stylish. It has plenty of thrills, a great back-story and a leather clad anti-heroine as its focal point. Kate Beckinsale has rarely looked better and although some of the dialogue is a touch on the cringeworthy side, it makes up for it with plenty of action and some nice turns from the likes of Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen. As hokum goes it is pretty entertaining and with good special…
The Matrix: Vampire and Werewolf Edition
Fun. Dark. Bloody. Sexy.
On an overall scale, Underworld may lack depth or any true purpose. But, for being an action epic about werewolves and vampires in war with one another, it certainly delivers on being one heck of a carefree good time popcorn fodder flick.
If you're a fan of hastily thought up vampires at odds with werewolves that insist on only delivering pointless expository dialog, I've got the perfect movie for you.
Underworld lacks character depth and is a little overacted but its interesting story, awesome action sequences and set designs, stylish Gothic visuals and Kate Beckinsale kicking ass make it a cool blend of action and horror that I find thoroughly entertaining. This is the kind of movie that I can take for what it is and enjoy it even if it's really not that great.
This was actually a breath of fresh air compared to recently watched stinkers. Vampires vs werewolves against a gothic backdrop and graphic novel story, what's not to like? Fun action, looking forward to catching up on the sequels, I feel that I will enjoy this franchise
I had this on in the background, so I was barely paying attention to it, but it kind of sounded like it was the same essential plot as Ultraviolet (well-dressed woman with black hair carries a blood MacGuffin around until she finds out she was wrong about something).
It holds up. If you enjoy the genre - and are not miffed by some liberal borrowing from other related works. Not the best movie ever, but the acting is pretty decent, cinematography is ok - and the effects feel pretty realistic. Enjoyable.
I'm surprised that this film spawned a franchise - it feels like an undifferentiated mélange of assorted moody early-2000s action movie tropes, complete with a blue-black color palette, leather trench coats, a heavy goth-rock soundtrack and clubby vampires. If you don't have a deep personal commitment to vampires or werewolves, the details of the plot end up washing over you in a flood of bland, relentless post-Matrix combat.
Bill Nighy is the best thing about this, followed by Michael Sheen. Di pa rin bagay sina Selene at Michael (the character).
The noisy special effects and the slick editing didn't give the story much of a chance of being appreciated.
I saw this back when it first came out. I'm not going to lie, I feel it didn't age well. Still it's a great movie and if you can look past iffy audio and out dated special effects then you will likely enjoy it as well. When I first saw this movie I was excited about the cross over of wear wolves and vampires. It's an interesting concept and one that at the time (early 2000's) hadn't been played around with much.
Of all the actors only Corvin was annoying and unconvincing. His obsession with marrying the main character was borderline juvenile. Aside from that I felt that just about everyone did a decent job. Lastly the constant blue filter…
Unique action vampire and werewolf world, with a interesting back story.
Don't like this at all. Vampires vs Lyons in like a matrix world. Not a fan of films that use darkness as a cheap camera trick. Make up is good. Besides that won't be rewatching.
How does this film have a 7.0 rating on imdb.