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Underworld: Blood Wars

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

The remaining vampire covens are on the verge of being wiped out by the Lycans. Both species are searching for Selene: the vampires seeking justice for the deaths of Viktor and Marcus, and the Lycans, led by Marius, intending to use her to locate Eve, whose blood holds the key to building an army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.

Semira, a council member of the Eastern Coven, wishes for Selene to be granted clemency so that the latter can train the Eastern Coven’s neophyte Death Dealers. To that end, she enlists Thomas to plead Selene’s case before the full council. Thomas succeeds and Selene arrives at the Eastern Coven with David. Selene is betrayed by Varga, Semira’s ally and lover, who poisons the former and slaughters the Death Dealers at the behest of Semira, who then begins draining Selene of her blood, which Semira intends to drink and gain her power, but is interrupted when Thomas and David come to her rescue. In the ensuing fight, Thomas is killed delaying Semira and Varga so that David can escape with an incapacitated Selene. During the escape, Semira and Varga are shocked to observe that the pair is immune to the effects of sunlight.

The pair seeks refuge with the Nordic Coven. They are pursued by Alexia, an Eastern Coven vampire dispatched by Semira, who consumes the blood from Selene and appears to be strengthened by its ingestion. Selene and David arrive at Vador, the stronghold of the Nordic Coven, where Vidar, the Elder, reveals that David was the son of the High Elder Amelia, making him the legitimate heir to the Eastern Coven.

The Nordic Coven is attacked by Marius and the Lycans, who were alerted by Alexia, Marius’s mole and lover. The Nordic vampires, led by Vidar’s daughter Lena, fight with Selene and David. Selene engages in single combat with Marius, who demands to know Eve’s location; Selene insists she does not know the location, being confirmed by Alexia by tasting some of Selene’s blood. Marius sounds the retreat for his troops and Selene, no longer wishing to live, slides herself under the now-broken ice of the lake.

Upon Alexia’s return to the Eastern Coven’s castle, she informs Semira of the events at the Nordic Coven. Semira kills her, revealing to have always known of Alexia’s treachery, and has been manipulating Alexia for her own ends. David returns to the Eastern Coven and informs the Elite Council of his parentage, presenting himself as the rightful heir to the coven. Semira is arrested by none other than Varga, whose ultimate loyalty is to the rightful leadership of the coven. She is subsequently imprisoned in the dungeons. The coven comes under attack by Marius and his forces. The Lycans blow holes in the castle’s walls, letting in sunlight, killing most of the vampires. David continues fighting, only to find himself face to face with Marius. Selene suddenly reappears, wearing a Nordic appearance and coat over her normal Death Dealer uniform. It is revealed that the Nordic Coven revived her and in doing so enabled her to develop new abilities. She swiftly begins dispatching the Lycans, as the rest of the Nordic Coven, led by Lena, join the fight. While Selene is making her way through the castle, the guards in the dungeons are killed by Semira, who then escapes from her cell. Selene and David find Marius, but David is waylaid by Semira. As Marius and Selene’s fight continues, a drop of Marius’s blood lands on Selene’s lips. She is suddenly flooded by a series of blood memories in which Marius finds Michael. She sees Marius capturing Michael and slitting his throat in order to collect his blood and consume it. Believing that Michael is dead, she bites her own wrist, using her own blood memories of the time she has spent with Michael, Eve, and David to fuel her rage. Although Marius has transformed, Selene rips out his spine, killing him instantly. David manages to kill Semira. He shows Marius’s severed head to the Lycans, who decide to retreat.

In the aftermath, Selene, David, and Lena are chosen as the new Elders. It is revealed that after being resurrected at the Nordic Coven, Selene was reunited with Eve, who has been following her mother.

REVIEW:

Vampires and werewolves aren’t really the popular thing in our culture anymore (thanks, Twilight franchise). They’ve mostly been replaced by zombies. Yet, here we are with a 5th Underworld film, Underworld: Blood Wars. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not exactly jumping up and down with anticipation. Hopefully, after I watch it, I’ll change my mind,

What is this about?

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice

What did I like?

Violent femme. I may be remembering wrong, but I seem to recall the Underworld being a bloody masterpiece when it came to the violence. Yet, the following films in the franchise were much more frugal with the way they showed the killings. As this film begins, we return to the ways of the first film. Kate Beckinsale’s Selene shoots, claws, and bites her way through her army of combatants.

Leather. Let’s be honest about one thing, shall we? A very big reason that this franchise is so popular is because Kate Beckinsale is running in skintight leather. Well, there is plenty of that in this film, though, in the final act, she is covered up with a fur coat. It is cold up there in the Nordic country, after all.

Immortal Kombat. Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you either have played Mortal Kombat, or at least know about it. Well, there is this scene late in the film where Selene and Marius, the primary antagonist and leader of the Lycans, are fighting. Not to spoil anything, but let’s just say someone pulls a fatality on the other.

What didn’t I like?

In the blood. Given the length of time between this and the first couple of films, I can understand a need to refresh the audience’s memory. However, with all the blood flashbacks were forced to endure, we might as well have watched the previous films all over again. On top of that, these flashbacks seems to get longer and longer each time and, after a while, it seemed as if they were nothing but something to fill up time.

Pulver-ize. The secondary antagonist, a scheming vampire called Semira is part of another issue I have with this film. First off, the actress that plays her, Lara Pulver, seems to be doing her best Eva Green impression (at one point I thought that’s who she was). Second, I wasn’t buying into her. Had her little boy toy, played by Bradley James been a secondary antagonist, I could have understood it. He was there to train Death Dealers and now Selene has come in. It makes sense, but with this chick, all I could think of was the cliché lover scorned.

Humans…or lack thereof. On one side we have vampires. On the other, Lycans. In the middle, regular human beings. Wait…I don’t recall seeing any humans in here. The last film, Underworld: Awakening, gave us plenty, perhaps too much human interaction/casualty in the war. The others, have at least shown a few bystanders, people frequenting the local pub, etc. I’m not sure why we don’t see some sort of human this time around. Perhaps they were all wiped out. Who knows? Still, the lack of humans, whether they were interacting with the vampires and lycans, or not leaves one to question.

Final verdict of Underworld: Blood Wars? Putting it bluntly, if you’re not already a fan of the franchise, then I doubt the film will do anything for you. While it was mildly entertaining, at best, I feel that so much more could have been done to keep the audience invested. The time to change anything about this franchise may be too late, though. Do I recommend this flick? I am not saying yes and I am not saying no.

3 3/4 out of 5 stars

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Underworld: Awakening

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2012 by Mystery Man

PLOT(spoiler alert!!!):

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

REVIEW:

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

Underworld: Evolution

Posted in Action/Adventure, Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The movie opens in the year 1202 AD with an army led by three vampire elders (Markus, Viktor, and Amelia) arriving at a Werewolf ravaged village. After killing several werewolves, Viktor and Amelia capture their target: Markus’s brother William Corvinus, the first and most powerful werewolf. Viktor orders that William be imprisoned in a secret location forever.

The story then continues the present-day timeline, after the events of the first film. Selene takes Michael to a safe house so that she can return to the mansion to confront Kraven. She knows Kraven intends to kill Markus and plans to stop him. However, Singe’s blood has already awakened Markus, turning him into a hybrid, who then wipes out Kraven and his men, and destroys the mansion. He learns Selene and Michael’s location from camera surveillance of various safe houses and leaves to track them down. Markus confronts Selene and Michael, who evade him and hide in a warehouse.

Lorenz Macaro, an elderly and imposing man, sends in a team of “Cleaners” to investigate the aftermath from the final battle in the first movie. When Macaro examines Viktor’s body he finds a metal disk attached to his ribcage which is the match to Sonja’s pendant, which is in the possession of Selene and Michael. Now knowing that the pendant is of some importance to Markus, Michael and Selene set out to solve its mystery. Selene recalls that she’d seen it as a child, but doesn’t know its significance. To find answers, they travel to the hideout of the exiled vampire historian, Andreas Tanis.

Selene and Michael confront Tanis, who reveals that Markus, not Viktor, was the first vampire. One of the two sons of Alexander Corvinus, Markus was bitten by a bat and became a Vampire; his twin brother, William, was bitten by a wolf and became a werewolf. The first werewolves created by him were entirely animal and unable to take human form again. Due to William’s destructiveness, Markus approached Viktor, a warlord dying of old age, and offered to turn him and his army into immortal vampires in exchange for tracking down and stopping William. Markus intended to capture his brother and tame him, but Viktor ordered that William be locked away forever, far away from Markus. Viktor does not kill the brothers because he believes doing so would result in the immediate extinction of all other vampires and his lycan slaves. Tanis also reveals that Selene’s father was the architect who built William’s prison and that the pendant is a key, that after Lucian’s escape Viktor killed Selene’s family as as they knew of the prison’s location, but turned Selene into a vampire. Tanis then refers Selene and Michael to Lorenz Macaro for help. Shortly after they leave, Markus arrives and questions Tanis. Tired of hearing Tanis’s lies, Markus learns the truth by drinking his blood, killing him.

Selene and Michael go to see Lorenz Macaro, who is actually Alexander Corvinus, who has devoted his life to containing the Vampire-Lycan War away from the mortal world. However, Alexander refuses to help kill his son. When Markus arrives, he apparently kills Michael and learns the location of William’s hidden prison by drinking Selene’s blood. He then attacks and mortally wounds his father, thereby obtaining the other half of the pendant. On Alexander’s bidding, Selene drinks his blood, which will give her the power to defeat Markus. Afterwards, Alexander blows up his ship.

Selene leads the cleaners to the prison to confront and destroy Markus, but he has already freed William. A battle ensues in which William bites the Cleaners and begins turning them into Lycans. Michael, presumed to be dead inside his bodybag, suddenly regenerates and joins the fight in his Hybrid form. Michael ultimately kills William, while Selene kills Markus by pushing him into the spinning blades of a crashed helicopter. It is then revealed that Selene can now stand in the sun. As the film ends, Selene narrates that she fears the days ahead, as the death of the Elders will cause nothing but chaos; but she is nevertheless hopeful.

REVIEW:

Vampires seem to be all the rage right now. This concludes the triolgy of Underworld films for me. I was expecting to recieve Twilightfrom Netflix this week, but that didn’t happen. Howveer, although I have’t seen Twilight yet, I believe this to be the better film.

When has Kate Beckinsale looked hotter than she does in these films. Unlike in the first film, this one lets her show her humanity a bit mire. I can’t get over the fact that sh spends the entire film in black leather. If vampires looked like her, I’d gladly become one.

This film has a dark quality, but at the same time isn’t a dark film. Make no mistake, this isn’t a feel good film, but it isn’t as dark as one would believe. There are quite a few exremely violent scenes where Michael, the hybrid, does some major damage to the Lycans he deafeats, and the result of the end battle is reminiscent of a Mortal Kombat fatality.

The flashback scenes are good, but not great. They don’t really move the story along, but they do give us some more insight into Markus, as well as the story of Viktor and Selene. Personally, I think it was just a way to ger Bill Nighy in the film.

Markus and Michael are both interesting characters in the way the make-up department depicted them.  There’s not much to say about Michael, other than he truly is a luck man for getting to make love to Selene. MArkus, on the other hand, is a totally different person than he was in Viktor’s flashbacks. I guess time caused him to become more violent, sadistic, and short tempered.

Typical of most films that spawn sequels, this isn’t in the same league has the original, but at least they are different stories. Despite the flaw of being a sequel and being mostly panned by the critics, this is a good film about vampires and lycans. Those of you out there into that kind of stuff will love it. For the rest of us, there’s action and Kate Beckinsale in tight leather sandbags.

4 out of 5 stars

Underworld

Posted in Action/Adventure, Horror, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Perched on the ledge of a building in a rainy night, two black-garbed vampires known as “Death Dealers” track a pair of werewolves who are walking on the street below in their human form. The vampires, Selene and Rigel, specialize in assassinating an ancient species of werewolves known as Lycans. Selene’s motivation goes beyond duty; she also wants revenge, for she believes that Lycans slaughtered her family when she was a child. The vampires believe that they defeated the werewolves many centuries ago and killed their leader, Lucian, and that they must now kill off the survivors. As the vampires follow the Lycans into a subway station, the werewolves open fire with submachine guns. In the chaotic shootout, Selene realizes that the Lycans may have been following a human, Michael Corvin, which would be very unusual behavior. After the Lycans retreat from Selene’s barrage of machine pistol fire, she tracks them to their lair, where she hears loud howling and finds out that the Lycans have developed a new high-tech bullet to kill the vampires.

When Selene arrives at the vampire coven’s ornate, gated mansion, she recounts the evening’s events, and urges an attack on the Lycans, but the vampire regent Kraven tells her to drop the matter. Selene secretly continues her investigation, to find out why the Lycans were chasing a human. Meanwhile, in an underground Lycan lair, a scientist named Singe is testing blood from kidnapped descendants of the Corvinus family, to try to find a pure source of the ancient and powerful Corvinus blood type. Soon after Selene finds Michael, the pair are attacked by werewolves, including Lucian, the original Lycan leader, who still lives. After Lucian bites Michael on the shoulder, Selene helps Michael escape, and the two become romantically attracted to each other.

Meanwhile, Selene finds out that when Lucian was killed, Kraven was the only witness. Sensing a conspiracy between Kraven and Lucian, she wakes a powerful elder vampire, Viktor, who has been in hibernation. But Viktor chooses to believe Kraven and orders Selene to acquiesce to the vampire hierarchy. Meanwhile, Kraven has already planned to kill Amelia (an elder vampire ally) and her group along with Lucian’s help. Selene then escapes from the mansion to help Michael.

Selene tells Michael about the feud and her past. After Lycans attack Selene and Michael, Selene captures Singe, a lycan scientist; while Michael is captured by Lycans. Selene brings back the wounded Singe, who admits to Viktor that the Lycans have been trying to combine the bloodlines of the two species with the Corvinus Strain to create a powerful Vampire-Lycan hybrid. After Kraven flees the mansion (because Singe reveals that Kraven and Lucian are working together), news arrives that Amelia, who was coming to awaken Marcus, has been killed by Lycans. Viktor kills Singe and instructs Selene to kill Michael.

Meanwhile, in the Lycan lair where Michael is being held captive, he learns that long ago, Lucian took Viktor’s daughter as his bride. When Viktor learned of her pregnancy, he killed her to prevent any crossing of the two species, which led to the war. Kraven tells Selene Viktor killed her family, which Viktor admits. Viktor and the now hybridized Michael fight, leading to Selene killing Viktor. Selene and Michael flee the Lycan lair, now an enemy from both Lycan and Vampire covens. Back at the mansion, Singe’s blood seeps through the trapdoor of the sarcophagus of the remaining elder, Marcus, a carrier of the original Corvinus Strain.

REVIEW:

I’ll be the first to admit that the thing that drew me to this film initially was the fact that Kate Beckinsale would be running around in spandex leather. I wasn’t expecting much from the film itself, but ended up being pleasantly surprised.

Aside from being a fine pience of eye candy, Kate Beckinsale gives a strong performace as Selene. She can come off as cold, but that’s part of her character.

The rest of the cast isn’t really worth mentioning, except Bill Nighy. That’s not to say they’re not good actors, just not household names. Back to Nighy, as Viktor he is creepy and before his skinny fully metastasizes, he is downright scary. I wonder if this is how he got the role of Davy Jones inPirates of the Caribbean films.

The action scenes in this film are comparable to those in The Matrix. Yes, they’re that good. The Lycans transformation is some of the best that’s been captured on film. I’ve read other accounts that have said it is nearly impossible to portray a believable werewolf transformation on screen. Well, Underworld does it.

Michael comes off as annoying and at times he seems to be in the way. I would also have liked to have gotten a bit more background on the relationship between Selene and Kraven and where exactly it went sour. That’s just me, though.

This is classified as a horror film, but I found it more as an action film with horror elements. It’s a really good film, and how can you go wrong with Kate Beckinsale in tight clothing? Definitely worth a viewing!

4 1/2 out of 5 stars