Underworld: Awakening – 3D

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Underworld: Awakening

It’s been nearly 10 years since the first Underworld, and in true vampire fashion Kate Beckinsale hasn’t aged a bit. In Underworld: Awakening she’s as kick-ass and hot as ever. Unfortunately, she’s one of the few highlights in an otherwise unremarkable popcorn flick. (minor spoilers below)

Underworld: Awakening begins ambitiously enough: humans have discovered the existence of vampires and lycans, and the government embarks on a program of wholesale genocide. Both species are hunted down by soldiers, door-to-door, in a montage reminiscent of Nazis in an old WWII movie. Beckinsale’s Selene is captured while trying to flee with vampire/lycan hybrid Michael. Selene is knocked unconscious and awakens in a government lab, only to discover that 12 years have passed while she’s been held captive in suspended animation.

This is the set-up for what at first promises to be an epic war between humans and the few remaining bands of lycans and vampires that have gone into hiding. Instead, the movie contracts into something much smaller – a survival tale with a lot of one-on-one trench warfare, and a twist that can be seen a mile away. That coupled with some really cheesy CGI, leaves the last third of the film feeling a little like a low-budget Sy-Fy Channel movie.

Despite the shortcomings of this fourth installment in the Underworld franchise, the action is solid, the 3D is entertaining (but probably not worth the extra ticket price), and the ending sets things up for a fifth movie.

If that happens, let’s just hope the next film actually delivers on the human/lycan/vampire war that was only teased at in Awakening.

Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆ 


About Dave_P

Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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