Movie Review – Underworld: Awakening

Synopsis

Fifteen years have passed since Selene and her human-Lycan hybrid lover Michael vanquished the Vampire Elder Marcus in Underworld Evolution. In the intervening years, mankind has discovered the existence of both the Vampire and Lycan clans, and launched an all-out war to eradicate both species. Selene, captured during the genocide, awakens after more than a decade to find herself captive in a sealed laboratory at Antigen, a powerful biotech corporation dedicated to developing a vaccine against the viruses that have created the Vampires and Lycans.

Selene is heartbroken to discover that Michael is dead, but her grief is soon overshadowed by the shock of her discovery that, while in a cryogenically frozen state, she has given birth to his daughter, Eve (India Eisley). As she seeks asylum for herself and her child, Selene finds herself in a world in which her once proud people have been hunted nearly to extinction and the few survivors hide underground.

Shunned by the remaining clans, Selene enlists the support of a young Vampire, David (Theo James), who joins her in a bloody vendetta against Antigen, where shadowy forces conspire to destroy both her and her child. With their traditional enemies, the Lycans, once again in ascendance, even Selene seems powerless in the face of the most ferocious opponent in Underworld history—a genetically enhanced uber-Lycan.

Review

To begin with, the movie was really short. When it ended, I thought I was watching a shortened version of it, it later dawned on me that the film was only a little more than an hour.

The trailers tout of  another challenge that threatens the existence of both extraterrestrials — humans. (I don’t know about you, but I would be terrified of blood-sucking vampires and fanged werewolves, not the other way around.) I was expecting more interaction between mankind and their supernatural counterparts, but there wasn’t really much done to flaunt that side of the plot — given that it was more of a lead into the real threat, which would ultimately be the Lycans.

There was quite a bit of action and gore in the film; Selene really came back with a vengeance after being locked up in that laboratory. After all, she was stripped and experimented on; putting on her combat suit must have made her feel really good. The thing is, the cast seemed so composed when they were in heated arguments and all that, but ruthlessly deadly while in combat — must be one of those vampiristic traits.

The plot was a little disappointing. There wasn’t really much of a story, or it wasn’t executed very well. The plot turned so quickly, I wished I was taken for a longer ride so I can actually gape in disbelief when they found out who was actually behind all their troubles. The show left us off with a cliffhanger, but there was not really a push for me to want to find out what happens next.

Overall, if you’re looking for gore and action in 3D, you get quite a bit of that in Underworld: Awakening. If you’re looking to be entertained by a good storyline, this wouldn’t be it. I really enjoyed the British accent though. Oh, and Kate Beckinsale, she was to become undead for.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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