After making the mistake of seeing Haywire on opening weekend, my friend and I went to see Underworld: Awakening. I watched the first two Underworld movies a few hours before seeing the latest installment. I enjoyed Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, but it’s clear that these movies are made for entertainment value. I don’t mind the plot, but in the end I just want to see Kate Beckinsale beat up lycans, vampires and humans (They’re pretty much all her enemies at this point). Although the first two had some of that, they also had a few lulls in action.
I didn’t see the third installment, Rise of the Lycans. In fact, I don’t even understand why they tried to make a movie without Beckinsale in the leading role. Audiences shared my sentiment and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans became the lowest grossing film of the trilogy. After the third installment, I thought the Underworld franchise was dead in the water and subject to possibly a straight to DVD fourth movie. That was until I saw Kate Beckinsale slitting throats with a scalpel at the beginning of the Underworld: Awakening trailer sometime in November or December. An Underworld movie comes out every three years. The question was could it return to its true form?
Right from the beginning, it was clear the writers of Underworld: Awakening would turn Beckinsale (Selene) loose. The movie begins with the humans trying to exterminate both the lycans and vampires. This puts Beckinsale’s enemies at an all-time high. The humans then capture Beckinsale, but she wakes up 12 years later. The fighting immediately ensues again and never really stops until the credits start to roll.
The action is fantastic and the plot is good enough to support it. The only part of the movie that was unnecessary was the 3-D. Like all the other Underworld movies, Underworld: Awakening is dark. A movie about vampires has to take place in dark areas and times of day. The darkness combined with the 3-D made Underworld: Awakening a huge burden on the eyes.
I have no complaints for the acting in this film. It is an action movie so spectacular acting isn’t necessary. Beckinsale is a solid actress and fits in very well with the Underworld series.
Underworld: Awakening deviated slightly from its predecessors by adding more action and putting the plot in the back seat. Because of this change, Underworld: Awakening embraced its entertainment value and never had a dull moment.
I’ll give it 3 out of 5 cups.
As of Jan. 25, Underworld: Awakening made a domestic total of approximately $31 million versus a production budget of $70 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
To see the movie trailer for Underworld: Awakening, click here.