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Underworld: Awakening Movie Review

Article by FisterRoboto of lefthandhorror.com

Directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

I liked this movie and have no apologies for it. I got exactly what I expected from the newest Underworld installment. Here’s the official list of my reasonable expectations:

1. Kate Beckinsale in a tight rubber suit.

2. Werewolves and vampires.

3. Slow motion ass kicking scenes.

4. An uninspired story with no real depth.

5. Copious bloodshed.

Mission accomplished.

If you can go into this movie knowing you’re not going to get a Rob Zombie or Ti West level of movie, you just might like it. There is something to be said for a brainless popcorn muncher every once and a while. All I wanted was an action-packed horror/action flick with a hot protagonist that was going to kick in faces and lop off heads.

I haven’t seen any of the other films besides the first, but the trailer looked entertaining enough to drop $5 (and popcorn money) down. The opening minutes are stylish and over-the-top as Selene (Beckinsale) is released from her cryo-chamber prison and left to defrost on the lab room floor at the evil Antigen Corporation.

The coolest part of the movie was the addition of Selene’s unknown daughter, Eve (India Eisley), a vampire/werewolf hybrid acting as an ultimate power source for Antigen’s Dr. Lane (Stephen Rea). When this kid discovers her power, it’s a major ass kicking moment.

Yeah, she does look pretty bad ass. It’s always refreshing to see a mere “child” rip a Lycan’s head in half by the jaws.

The story is slow at times, but ultimately pays off in pure horror action. My biggest complaint is that the Lycans look so very bad, I would expect the character creation and CG execution to be nearly flawless in a movie with such a large budget. They really just look rubbery and choppy in the fight scenes.

Have a cocktail and see a matinee if you’re a fan of action and horror. That $5 investment is a fun and brutally violent flick; always welcome in the boring and dreary days of January.

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2 Comments on Underworld: Awakening Movie Review

  1. sisterroboto // January 31, 2012 at 8:13 am // Reply

    Ah, I was going to see this at the theater, but I think your review changed my mind to a $1 redbox purchase. I can survive waiting the month or two to see it.

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