After being held in a coma-like state for fifteen years, vampire Selene learns that she has a fourteen-year-old vampire/Lycan hybrid daughter named Nissa, and when she finds her, they must stop BioCom from creating super Lycans that will kill them all.
The opening credits feature an interesting story idea. The rest of the film doesn't. So, I recommend you watch the first two minutes, then for the remaining eighty eight, close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and imagine your own film. I did and it was brilliant. There were aliens, undersea mermaid battles, my inauguration as president of the world and some rather saucy moments between Kate Beckingsale and myself which took up a good portion of the running time.
So, in conclusion, my version of the film gets five stars with quotations like "a triumph" on the poster, whereas the real film gets... Sorry, I was just thinking of my scenes with Kate Beckingsale again, what was I meant to be talking about?
I want you to explain something to me.
How the hell do you mess up a film with a gorgeous heroine, vampires, werewolves and Charles friggin' Dance?
It simply fails on all levels. The CGI looks awful, the creature design uninspired, the plot is as predictable as it is bland and the action about as exciting as knitting a sweater.
I actually enjoyed some of the previous Underworld films, but this one is guilty of one critical offence.
It is beige.
One of cinema’s great mysteries is how a series that features Kate Beckinsale in a figure hugging PVC catsuit could be so unremittingly boring. Yet over the space of three films (four if you count the superior prequel that Beckinsale didn’t even appear in) boring is exactly what Underworld has been. A war between vampires and werewolves should make compelling viewing yet the entire series is far too po-faced to ever truly be considered enjoyable.
This fourth film is perhaps the worst of the bunch. I say perhaps because in truth I remember very little of the other films other than the tedium they caused. Once again we get badly choreographed action sequences between the two mythical monsters but this…
Just to be clear: Half of my 3 Star rating is because Kate Beckinsale is so gorgeous and talented. The other half of the rating is for the film itself.
The first word that comes to mind for describing this movie is: "disappointing". I thoroughly enjoyed "Underworld", the first movie in this series, and was looking forward to seeing this one.
I didn't dislike this film but I would hesitate to recommend it.
Did I mention how great Kate looked in black? :-)
Had I seen this before, anyone know?
Which one is this again? It's difficult to keep track.
Piece of crap. Probably the worst of the Underworld movies, but to be fair they're all pretty bad. I did enjoy the one without Beckinsale more though since it had a 'bit' more story to it.
Seen this terrible movie twice now and it doesn't get better. Avoid. Burn. Ignore. Destroy.
Las anteriores entregas me gustaron. Pero ésta me aburrió un poco. Supongo que es por tener una trama débil en comparación a las anteriores.
Empezó bien, continuó bien. Pero siento que cayó mucho al final.
The Underworld series is what a war between vampires and werewolves is supposed to be like.
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I actually like all previous installments of this series, so it kind of hits hard that Awakening was so, so terrible.
Kate Beckinsale does an admirable job here but she can't save this film from an uninspired script, awful dialogue and bland characters. The CGI is horrendous and the entire thing feels like an enormous cash-grab. Everything about this movie falls short of being good or entertaining in anyway.
Still, 1 star for Kate still managing to look good while shredding waves of bad guys for 90 minutes.
Selene awakens 12 years after being captured to discover that she now has a daughter, a vampire/werewolf hybrid who is the last of the Covinus line. Together, they are the only hope for survival for their dying breed.
It frequently happens with sequels; they really don't have any story left, so they place action and special effects at the forefront in the hope you won't notice.
Cartoon violence and the worst looking creatures. What are they fighting about? It seems lost in the violence.
What is teen star India Eisley doing in the film? It is a R Rated feature, not Twilight.
Keep this up and the series will fold into oblivion.
If they keep making these films go in this direction then I will be happy, it feels very much like the Resident Evil series where they make some wrong steps but there are times when the nonsense is just at the right pitch and you have a great time. This is a step up from the first two and is on the same level as the last film, if you have made it this far and enjoyed anything in them then you will enjoy this one.
Let's hope that Len Wiseman and Kate Beckinsales public foreplay ends here.
On the plus side the character Michael was barely featured and, I think, was an entirely different actor.
Also, Charles Dance in attendance as the standard prick Vampire.
It's interesting to watch the four films, so far, in the Underworld series close together as you can really see the advances in VFX put to use and yet also ignored. The Werewolves still look shit, whether they're in a computer or a puppet.
Pillas un poco de Resident evil, lo mezclas con escenas de acción vistas en tu propia saga y resulta una película que podría ser entretenida de no ser porque NO lo es. Se gana casi un aprobado. Mucho es.
Underworld: Awakening (3D): This sequel kept the mythology from the previous films, moved it forward 12 years and created what amounts to a renewal of the franchise. Action was quick, concise and in-focus while the 3D was engaging & well done. It’s amazing how much better it is when it’s shot in 3D instead of just post-converted.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.