Underworld (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Though stylish to look at, Underworld is tedious and derivative.


Movie Info

A young man who has pledged his life to helping others finds himself in a pitched battle between two gangs of supernatural villains in this blend of horror story and action thriller. Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) is a medical student who is heading home after a long day of school and work when he unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of what appears to be a rumble between two well turned-out street gangs. What Michael doesn't know is he has witnessed a skirmish between two deadly … More

Rating: R (for strong violence/gore and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride (I), Danny McBride, Len Wiseman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Box Office: $51.5M
Runtime:
Sony Screen Gems - Official Site

Cast


as Michael Corvin

as Kraven

as Viktor

as Singe

as Kahn

as Dr. Adam Lockwood

as Amelia

as Nathaniel

as Gunshot Girl

as Candidate No. 1

as Candidate No. 2

as Death Dealer Captain

as Wolfgang

as Michael's Old Girlfr...

as Werewolf Performer

as Werewolf Performer
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Critic Reviews for Underworld

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (37)

These vampires have no teeth -- hell, they don't even fly.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pulpy, punk-ish story with some intense violence.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

...a hybrid horror and action film that succeeds as neither.

Full Review… | June 13, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

Fails to deliver with anything truly tasty or memorable.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

...a relentlessly unpleasant fantasy epic...

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Tony Pierce-Roberts' cinematography perfectly captures the gothic comic-book feel.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Underworld

I loved this idea, loved it, I love vamp and werewolf movies, brooding, dark, gothic and violent, just for adults, the way it should be, its just a litte too CGI heavy for me. The Lycans are just not believeable and look waaay too plastic which is such a shame, also the ending with the vamp/werewolf hybrid is very flat (a skinny 'Incredible Hulk' springs to mind).

The main problem with this is the quite dreadful CGI effects. I realise it would be hard work to create all those werewolves real time but at least make an effort with the computer work guys. The motion capture is really quite awful throughout the film looking more like large rats scampering all over the walls and ceiling.
Up close its not much better really with poor facial designs and bad hair work in my personal opinion. Such a contrast to the vampires which do look exquisite facially with their pale skin, piercing eyes and slick hair. Easier to achieve granted but I REALLY wish they had gone more down the road of real time effects for the werewolves. Imagine what this film could of been with 'Werewolf in London' lycan effects! its painful to think what it could of been.

I like the fact they tried to do something without CGI with 'Corvin's' hybrid character but its just looks too plain, nothing thrilling a tall plus they just seemed to spray him all black..that's its, nothing more!?.
The film still reasonably rocks and comes close to a new 'Crow' style flick (if it had some harder tunes in there). Beckinsale is gorgeous and Nighy is excellent as the skinny gaunt 'Viktor'. Close to greatness but just misses, but because it's vamps and werewolfs I just cant say no hehe.

Kudos for handling two major horror franchises together in a face off with relative success, unlike 'AvP'. Its just a shame it does feel too much of a hybrid of other sci-fi/vamp films. 'The Matrix' does stand out to be honest, didn't wanna go there but you have to really.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

three stars

YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Vampires vs. Werewolves, is all you need to know about "Underworld". When his came out, I remember thinking "bout time they made a movie about this!" This is the story of the Death Dealers(vampires) and the Lycons(werewolves) battling it out, trying to get a medical student named Michael(Scott Speedman) who had mistakenly witnessed a battle between what he thought was street gangs. Along the way, Michael falls in love with one of the leading Death Dealers, Selene(Kate Beckinsale). Meanwhile, the leader of the Lycons(Michael Sheen) is planning a major attack against the vampires. While the Dealers Leader, Kraven(Shane Brolly) seems to be hiding some secret, and escalating war ensues. This is kind of like a "Romeo and Juliet" type story, only with monsters instead of humans. The acting and story is what you would expect, just decent. But the effects and action is why you would watch this, and they deliver big. Rated "R", "Underworld" doesn't really hold back on much, and delivers on everything you would hope for. Horror and action fans alike should be pretty satisfied with this movie. If your not a fan of either, then don't watch, you won't like it.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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