Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
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.
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.
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? :-)
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I have quite a soft spot for vampire/werewolf films (apart from An American Werewolf in London which still scares the bejesus out of me); I really like Underworld, Evolution and even Rise of the Lycans had its moments. So though I didn’t imagine it would blow me away, I hoped Awakening would still be Underworldly.
It is kinda fun, but ultimately lacks the bite that the first two films had; this is despite Selene killing more than she does in her previous outings (IMDB trivia). This lack of impact is possibly because a lot of the kills are human. I guess it is a logical progression for the humans to find out, but its slightly less fun than the vampires…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So three films later into the Underworld franchise why do I HATE “Awakening” let me count the flaws. First let me say it felt like the producers had given the writing job of the script to four individual persons, lock each one in a room alone and them paste and cut together the wildly different plot ideals that came out. Now for the specifics:
you had a child vampire who was suppose to be a ultra powerful hybrid, but when it came time for her to actually fight, she was too small to be affective against anyone.
You had a lycan “the biggest lycan I’ve ever seen” according to Selene, which was in fact too big. Every time it tried…
My review -- this fourth installment is now on DVD and yes it does have a solid to high profit margin of roughly speaking $90 million. The plot is basically this, the audience hears a inner monologue from our lead character complemented with a montage of the previous installments and other elements as she tells us where we are now and what has been happening. of her release from what seems to be a frozen stasis chamber [for the past 12 years,] she finds out many different things have changed but ultimately stayed the same as The Lycans [Werewolves,] have become stronger in numbers and now including mankind knows of The Lycans and The Vampires existence, it does complicate matters…
A lot has happened between Underworld: Evolution and Underworld: Awakening. The humans have discovered the vampires, the lycans and their war and have decided to put a stop to it. Twelve years after the purging, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awakens in a laboratory and set out to find Michael. But on her journey she encounters a little girl (India Eisley) who may be the key to finding what she's looking for.
This is a huge leap forward for this series and admittedly a tiny step backwards. First of all, the production quality far exceeds that of the previous three with much nicer cinematography (possibly necessary for the 3D, which I have not seen) and a lot more graphic violence than ever…
Uninteresting story, bad digital effects, and poor acting from most of the cast. No Sheen or Nighy to chew up the scenery.
I literally can't remember anything about this film, maybe I should watch it again? (written 06.02.2015)
After Selene is set free after being kept in a coma for twelve years, she soon discovers that the world is a different place, but the fight still continues.
The fourth entry in the Underworld franchise, and the result is yet another mixed bag. The story is enjoyable and though it has a more adult feel, it still does not take much thinking about. The mix of action of fantasy themes do work quite well together, and the addition of humans being involved adds an extra layer. The acting is again pretty wooden and the majority of characters are instantly forgettable. The special effects are quite well done, but the overall style does make things look like a cross between…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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