Underworld: Awakening (2012)

5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 5/10

Story twist

Weak plot, drawn out, no Michael

Movie Info

Movie Name: Underworld:  Awakening

Studio: Lakeshore Entertainment

Genre(s): Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure/Horror

Release Date(s): January 20, 2012

MPAA Rating: R

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Oh guy who is kind of like Michael…don’t leave me!

The war between the lycan and vampires is now public.  Humans know about the creatures living in the darkness, and now both the vampires and the werewolves are the prey.  Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman) are captured and held prisoner.  When Selene escapes, she finds twelve years have passed, the war is over, and both the vampires and lycans are in hiding.  Selene begins seeing visions through the eyes of a vampire she believes to be Michael…but the truth is worse when she learns it is her child Eve (India Eisley).  Selene must find out what happened to Michael as she tries to protect Eve.  Teamed with a vampire and a police officer, Selene must return to the place where she was held where she will make a discovery that could change everything.

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Worst new ride at Disney…Lycan Van Adventure

Directed by Måns Mårlind and Bjorn Stein, Underworld:  Awakening is the fourth film in the Underworld franchise.  The film follows the events of the second film Underworld:  Evolution but comes after Underworld:  Rise of the Lycans which was a prequel to the first Underworld.  Released in 3D, the film received poor reviews but still continued to be a big grosser at the box office.

The first Underworld was so-so, the second Underworld was even more disjointed, and the third film showed a slight improvement.  This Underworld was quite dull and much like the second Underworld, it seems to just keep going.

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Grrr…I like to kill Lycan

I will give the movie this; it does change up the plot for this movie.  The first movies were all about the hierarchy of the werewolves and the vampires and the love story.  Here, the vampires and werewolves are back to hiding, running, and gunning after the “Purge” which killed most of their numbers…despite this format change, the movie is dull and just seems like a repeat of the first films when it comes to the action (though I do like the giant uber-werewolf).

Kate Beckinsale returns in this film after being virtually gone in the last film.  Scott Speedman who portrayed Michael in the first films is missing however.  There are some weird appearances by Speedman with superimposed faces and quick action, but his character is made from archive material.  India Eisley is like every kid in these type films from The Ring to Silent Hill.  Stephen Rea adds some class to the movie but is hindered by a bad script.

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Peek-a-Boo!

The visuals of the movie continue to be dominated by a washed out blues which looks cool in limited quantities (but after four movies is getting pretty old).  The werewolves continue to look half-assed, but when super werewolves begin to appear at least you get something different from the first films.  The film was also a 3D release so you get plenty of things unnecessarily flying at the camera.

Underworld:  Awakening is a pretty weak film in a weak film series.  Underworld has pretty much been tapped out and this is proof of it.  The movie isn’t the end of Underworld.  Much like Resident Evil, the series just seems to go on and on.  Underworld:  Awakening was followed by Underworld:  Blood Wars in 2016.

Related Links:

Underworld (2003)

Underworld:  Evolution (2006)

Underworld:  Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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