Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is captured by humans during “The Purge,” when she and Michael were planning on leaving the city. Eventually, both the government and the public learn about the existence of Vampires and Lycans. A crusade and all-out war begins: study and eradicate. After being imprisoned in cryogenic suspension for 12 years, Selene manages to escape the facility Antigen, headed by Dr. Jacob Lane (Stephen Rea), who reveals the existences of both immortal races after his son’s apparent death when being discovered as a Lycan. During the same time, another subject has also escaped the same facility that Selene was in. That subject was Eve (India Eisley), her hybrid daughter who is the key to ending the war by “curing” Vampires and Lycans of their “infection.” After escaping, she sees flashes of someone else’s point of view, and believing it to be Michael, she follows the flashes that lead her into a garbage chute. She confronts a young vampire named David (Theo James) who has been following her, when they realize that Lycans live there underground. Seeing flashes of Lycans hunting the person she is connected to, Selene eliminates many of them until the Lycans flee and she finds a young girl instead of Michael. After Selene and David get Eve out of the tunnels, they are chased through the busy city streets in a van by the three Lycans. They finally catch up to their van and break in while it’s rushing through the city. Eve rips one Lycan’s head in half while David and Selene shoot and stab the other two. On the way Selene realizes that Eve is not healing from a wound she suffered during her fight and is growing weak. David takes them to his coven.
At the coven most of the vampires are less than thrilled that David brought the infamous Selene, the lover of a Lycan to their coven, especially his father, Thomas (Charles Dance). However, they agree to help the weakened child which they soon realize is due to her not feeding. After drinking some blood her wound heals and Selene, after seeing Eve’s eyes change while feeding, sees that she has Michael’s hybrid eyes and realizes she is her and Michael’s daughter. Seeing that the coven does not want her there, she gets ready to leave. David, not wanting her to go, tries to convince her to stay and help them start an offensive against the humans by teaching them to fight. Before Selene decides, the coven comes under attack by Lycans who were thought to be almost extinct. Many of the vampires are slaughtered until Selene joins the fight. She orders David take Eve to safety while she deals with the rest of the Lycans. Going to the main hall of the coven, Selene comes upon a massacre of mostly vampires with few Lycan corpses, then a giant “Super Lycan,” more than twice the size of any werewolf she’s ever seen. Fighting it with a silver bladed weapon, she breaks a piece off after stabbing it into its back. Selene is shocked to realize that it heals instantly and the silver had no effect. Unfortunately, Selene is no match for the giant Lycan and is knocked unconscious. She later awakens to find David’s father gave Eve to the Lycans to save what was left of the Coven. During the battle, David is bitten by a Lycan and later dies after confirming Thomas’ actions, who in turn blames Selene for all that happened. After David dies, Selene makes an incision in David’s abdomen, then cuts the palm of her own hand and reaches into David’s torso, grabbing a hold of his heart. She squeezes it a few times, and with her Corvinus enhanced blood, she restarts his heart, bringing him back to life. She then leaves to go get her daughter and is confronted by a human detective named Sebastian who confirms her suspicions that the corporation called Antigen, headed by Dr. Jacob Lane, and is dedicated to “curing” the immortal species.
After seeing the evidence, Selene discovers that the corporation is actually run by the Lycans, including Dr. Lane – who have been posing as humans in order to trick the world’s governments into believing the Lycans are extinct – and that they intend to use Eve to perfect their race and develop an immunity to silver, thus allowing the Lycans to conquer both vampires and humans. The Super Lycan whom Selene had fought was Lane’s son, Quint (Kris Holden-Ried), who faked his death after being discovered his werewolf status. Using Eve’s genetics, Dr. Lane conducted experiments on his son to make him immune to silver, but in the process, vastly increasing his size and power. Seeing the dangers, Selene and Detective Sebastian team up to stop them and save Eve. Killing the Lycan guards with silver gas grenades and silver bullets, she comes across Subject 0, realizing it is Michael and, being short on time, shoots the glass to weaken the containment unit in order to free Michael before going to stop the Lycans from leaving with Eve. Using her incredible strength, she flips the van with Eve and her captors inside, only then to come face to face with the Super Lycan, whilst Eve fights the lycan Dr. Lane. Eventually Selene goes down a hallway where the Super Lycan cannot fit, forcing it to shift back to his human form, allowing Selene to impale Quint with her hand. Withdrawing her arm, Quint heals instantly which Selene is counting on. She then throws a grenade pin at him. Realizing too late that she has put a grenade inside him, the Quint claws in vain at his stomach before it explodes, killing him, while Eve rips out the throat of the Dr. Lane. Going back inside, they find Michael’s cryo tank is empty; Eve then gets a flash of the roof where they go, but Michael is no where in sight. Selene states that the world will be hunting Michael just as they hunted Eve
Hot chick in skin-tight leather kicking ass…check! Kick ass action scenes…check! Most importantly, no girly man sparkly vampires…check!
In this day and age, it seems as if we’ve forgotten than vampires and werewolves are not whiny, touchy feely drama queens like they are portrayed in outlets such as the Twilight movies, but rather cold-hearted killers that have no regard for human life other than using us to feed. Underworld: Awakening reminds us how sadistic these creatures are. Such a shame there’s no Edward or Jacob to be killed along the way. That would make this film a 5+ star on that one scene…lol
First off, let me say that I’m a little distraught in the fact that this film was only shown in non 3D theaters twice. The first was at like 8 in the morning, and the other was just before the night prices kick in. As I’ve said before, I don’t support 3D unless it looks like it would be worth it. Movies cost too much as it is already, and I’m not about to shell out 3 or 4 extra bucks for some rented sunglasses, which is what they are, in essence.
The only thing that I saw that was 3D worthy is a scene where Selene sets of a silver nitrate bomb and the particles are still in the air. I guess you can make a case for the lycans jumping all over the place, but for me, I was glad I didn’t waste the money on 3D. I don’t think it was converted post production, but don’t quote me.
For those of you not familiar with the Underworld franchise, it sums up to the battle between vampires and lycans. Selene is/was a death dealer but betrayed her coven for the man she loved who was the last direct descendant of Alexander Corvinus, the father of both factions. Her man, as it turns out, becomes the first human hybrid, and well, that takes the war to a whole new level
This film pretty starts out by filling you in with all that has happens since we last saw Selene in Underworld: Evolution. It appears that the humans found about the vampires and lycans and, in typical human hysteria, overreacted and decided to wipeout both species. I’m not really sure why they felt they can wipe out entire species like that. Seems a bit Nazi-ish, if you ask me. Turns out that they manage to capture Selene and have succeeded in wiping out the Lycans…or so they think.
Fast forward 12 years and Selene’s hybrid daughter has awakened and released her from the frozen sleep she’s been in and it turns out that the lycans weren’t wiped out after all, but are back more powerful than before.
One question lingered as I was watching this. If Selene (and Michael, as it turns out) were frozen for 12 years, how is it she had a daughter? Is she a test tube baby, or is this just some detail the writers decided not to address? Either way, I couldn’t help but wonder.
Now, someone said that in the other films the fact that the vampires need to feed was not addressed and that it seems as if they just wander around without sucking some blood. I was ready to agree with that statement, then I remembered that Selene does tell Michael how to be a vampire in the second film.
In this installment, it is made clear that they can’t survive without blood, as Selene makes sure to feed first chance she gets after getting out of that frozen state. On top of that, she tells her daughter what she needs to survive. Again, some weirdness with the daughter. How has she managed to live for 12 yrs without feeding?
Something I noticed while I was watching this is that this seemed to be all about the werewolves. This isn’t that much a problem, especially given the story and all, but couldn’t we have gotten a bit more vampires? For goodness sakes, last movie we got was all about the werewolves, remember Underworld: Rise of the Lycans?
I won’t sit here and tell you that this story is what you should be going to see this film for. Truth be told, though, if you’re going to a film like this looking for some deep, profound plot or something, then you really need to have your head examined. No, the plot isn’t exactly the best. It has its holes, as a matter of fact, but it didn’t detract from the story for me, save for some minor details about Eve.
The action is fast paced and will blow your mind. Not to mention there is plenty of it to go around, especially in the last act where everything is taken up a notch! The previous films have nothing on the amount of blood spilled in this film. There is a darker, more violent vibe here, but make no mistake, the tone and scope of the film is on par with its predecessors.
How are the effects? Pretty good, I have to say. The werewolves actually look like wolves that have changed from humans and not some weird mutant teddy bears like we see in certain other werewolf franchises (not mentioning any names). The use of the hi-tech weaponry just astounded me. Especially the afore-mentioned silver nitrate. Oh, and then there is the transformation scene of the super lycan.
This isn’t the best transformation scene I’ve scene, but it really is good. Although, I couldn’t help by draw comparisons to The Wolfman because he looked like he was in pain to be transforming, whereas the transformation in the other movies, especially the first Underworld, they seem to do it just as easy as changing their clothes.
The last film did not star Kate Beckinsale. Her decision not to return is why they went the prequel route, although Rhona Mitra is just as hot as Kate. She returns to form here, donning the latex suit that many males dream about. As for her character, she doesn’t seem to be any warmer or colder than when we last saw here, but she does seem to be quite the bit more violent, but then again, you know what they say about getting in the way of a woman in love, right?
India Eisley enters the franchise as Selene’s daughter, Eve. Looking at the two of them, I’m not so sure I bought the family ties, but if you see this chick in her hybrid form she is sure to bring up memories of The Ring. Yikes!!!
Stephen Rea could have done so much more with his role. Once the true nature of is brought out, it is like a weight is lifted from his shoulders and he goes with it, but at the beginning of the film, he is your typical uptight scientist, which is very painful to watch.
Theo James, Michael Ealy, and Kris Holden-Reid all join the cast as well. Nothing really spectacular about what they do. Honestly, you can take them out and no one would notice. Ok, let’s not go that far, but you get the idea. Speaking of Holden-Reid, I could’ve sworn I just saw him on Syfy’s Lost Girl playing a werewolf there, as well.
There are some people who just are not fans of the Underworld franchise. I am one of them. I love these movies, and not just because Kate Beckinsale in her tight leather suit. This is a good action flick to start off the year, and as I said before, a film that reminds us what supernatural beings such as vampires and werewolves are supposed to be and not those wimpy, whiny things that have been polluting the movie world and vampire/lycan lore for the past few years. I highly recommend this film to everyone. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Of course, if could be even better if Blade showed up, teamed with Selene and they headed up to finish off a certain glittery vampire and whiny werewolf. Wouldn’t that just make the world a much better place?
4 1/2 out of 5 stars