Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
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 return of Kate Beckinsale in another tight pair of leather trousers should have been cause for celebration. Unfortunately she should have saved herself from the friction burns and stayed happily away from this one.
The fourth in the series and the ideas have definitely dried up. Kate returns, Michael gets frozen, and a sinister child of the two rears her rather boring little head. How this one got the green-light is anyone's guess, but it's a dud. It's devoid of anything new, anything approaching originality, and even the effects look cheap and nasty like Kate's trousers. Charles Dance probably is a vampire in real life, you know what those gingers are like, but even he couldn't breathe life into…
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.
The fact that there's four (soon to be five) of these movies is pretty impressive. Not that they're not enjoyable, but we're clearly running on fumes at this point.
Never underestimate the power of black leather I guess.
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…
Selene is back and this time she's a mommy (or I think the proper term is vampire MILF). Now, while there wasn't really a need for this addition to the franchise, it does supply a sufficient amount of action and is reasonably entertaining overall.
Rapid in pace and competently directed, it threw boredom out the door and refused to let it back in. It's also astonishing how well Kate Beckinsale has kept her gorgeously sexy figure, looking as smoking hot as she did in the original.
Where the movie is lacking though (hence the mediocre rating) is in the writing department. Bland dialogue and a substance-devoid plot leaves the brain suffering and begging for a scrap of intelligence. Unfortunately though, it's the same throughout its entire course.
A far-from-fresh installment, though an enjoyable diversion if all you want is some mindless fun.
Without even watching the first three original movies in this franchise, I can tell that this is the worst so far. Underworld: Awakening consist of unoriginal action sequences, annoying flickering lights in almost every scene to make it seem scary for odd reasons, and having no story to following to not even fans perspective. Kate Beckinsale did the best she can reprising her role as Selene in the dull and bleak fourth installment.
Underworld 4... or is it 3? Was way better than number 2. It picks up where number two left off and gets you up to speed on the story. I stand by my complaints with this series. Low special effects budgets and poor lighting choices continue to plague this series. I couldn't stand the constant flashing lights in the Antigen Building. The blue lighting returns as always which is a bummer in my opinion. Since they're making a 4th... or is it the 5th, I can only hope they'll drop the blue filter.
All that aside the story is decently interesting. I actually like the idea of humans knowing about vampires and werewolves and both needing to hide from humanity…
Now on the 4th film, and I heard another film in the making in 2017, the fight returns between Vampire and Lycan.
This film is completely different from the previous three, something that this franchise always does, bring a whole new story with each film. Lots of action. The first film is still my favorite.
Obviously no Underworld film will ever be a danger to the Oscar crowd, but the series has been nothing if not well crafted, fun genre escapism. If you disagree there's no reason to see this one, but if you (like me) enjoyed the first three installments, Awakening is a worthy addition. I won't bother to explain the plot, as it basically continues the mythology established in the other films (Vampires, Lycans, hybrids and the battle to be the dominant species), but it's worth noting that (the ultra fine) Kate Bekinsale returns to the role of Selene after sitting out the last installment, and even though her husband (Underworld creator and director) was too busy directing his Total Recall remake to…
I liked the previous 3 Underworld movies. Everything in this one is just wrong. Plot, CGI, character development. I know I watched this one before, but had no recollection...now I know why, it was so bad that I didn't even bother to remember it.
"You're as cold as one already dead."
I just watched all four of these in a row so I don't really have the forbearance to write out a really detailed review of this one. It's definitely the worst Underworld movie, but much like how Rise of the Lycans was the best one it is really only worst by the width of a werewolf's ass hair.
This series never seemed concerned with solving any of the problems that the first one introduced. Underworld: Awakening improved the CGI from the first three movies only to find that the improvement just made it look dated for the 10s instead of the 00s, and one or two of the action scenes are a little…
When details finally came out about "Underworld: Awakening," my heart sunk a little. True, the second installment wasn't very good, and the third was a prequel, but I was still looking forward to seeing further adventures of the vampire, Selene (Kate Beckinsale). As it turns out, she's the only returning cast member. Everyone else is gone from the project, leaving her the one tie to a series (seemingly) well past its prime. "Awakening" also clocks in at under 90 minutes, making the first film's two hours seem like days in comparison.
The plot this time around is told to us in the form of exposition. After "Evolution," humans discovered that lycans (werewolves) and vampires exist, and decided to wage war…
An action packed vampire movie with tons of gore and over stylised kills. Whilst the story line in underworld awakening lacks in places and they seem to focused on setting up the ending. You can kind of forgive it as Kate beckinsale in tight leather pants and non stop action make underworld awakening a fun ride.
Shoot me. I fucking love this series. Can't help it.
Too bad Len Wiseman didn't return in the director's chair. His flair was definitely missing here, as the directing and cinematography was serviceable instead of gluing my eyes to my screen.
The lack of mythology is traded for an extinction/experimentation-story. It works, but it does feel a tad lower than the first two films that ooze that Lycan-Vampire lore, which makes the Underworld franchise what it is.
Still tons of fun. I know, shoot me. Yes, Kate, you can shoot me with those eyes.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…