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Underworld Awakening (2012)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 52

There's more vapid action and less story in Underworld Awakening than previous installments, making the whole affair feel inconsequential.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

There's more vapid action and less story in Underworld Awakening than previous installments, making the whole affair feel inconsequential.



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Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. -- (C) Official Site

May 8, 2012


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Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
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Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source:
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The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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The most generic entry of the bunch.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (3)
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There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Comments (11)
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A brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It really adds nothing to the already dull mythos of the vampires war with the lycans...

December 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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As stylish and flashy as the action is this time around, I can still only recommend Underworld: Awakening to diehard fans of the series.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

This was a film that was so soulless and so lifeless that it had not made a single bit of impact while it was playing.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

if you are looking for an intelligent movie you may need to look elsewhere.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The National
The National

Underworld: Awakening boasts some fun stylized action, and Kate Beckinsale back in that skin-tight outfit, but it also continues the franchise's streak of frustrating mediocrity.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

What begins as a promising reset ultimately settles into a too much of a retread, however watchable it may be.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

... a blur of generic exposition, random plot twists, vaguely maternal instincts, sloppy CGI animation, and Stephen Rea looking like a waxwork ...

May 19, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

We can never tire of watching Kate Beckinsale prance about in that tight leather outfit I tell ya. Never!

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Comments (3)
Sci-Fi Movie Page

If you just accept this one as a bloody popcorn movie and don't look for much complexity, you'll undoubtedly be happy with it.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Pitiless, puerile, pointless and perfunctory -- and those are just the "P's."

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Comments (4)
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Awakening has the mentality of a straight-to-video sequel, the body of an ADD child and the pulsing veins of a meth addict.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

full review at Movies for the Masses

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

he vampires and werewolves are at it again. No, Twihards, you haven't missed another "Twilight" episode. This is indeed part of a franchise, but a far different, more violent one.

February 11, 2012 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comments (3)
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I LIKEanthroped it.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

I don't think this was meant to be funny, but I found it pretty darn amusing.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (4)
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Also missing... most of the so-called Lycans who, their appearance in a few respectable action sequences notwithstanding, are now nearly extinct. So is this franchise.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Comments (7)
Time Out Chicago

A sloppy, messy, frankly dumb action/horror hybrid, but at least it moves quickly and delivers the goods.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comments (4)

There's even an Evanescence track to close proceedings, for God's sake.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (7)
The Ooh Tray

UNDERWORLD AWAKENING is definitely gory, but someone forgot to also make it scary, exciting, sexy, and/or fun.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

It's too soon to name the worst movie of 2012, but this one sets the bar pretty high -- er, low.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Underworld Awakening

And so the franchise plods on. I still like it, it's not a brilliant story or franchise but it is very easy to watch. It's getting a little tired now and the next film needs to be something pretty special. A few little changes would have been good. Here she finds she was cryogenically frozen for 12 years. How cool would it have been if it had been 112 year instead? Like I say, it's a couple of rewrites away from being great. I liked the real horror scenes and the gore very much but the dark tint is starting wear a little thin.
May 10, 2014

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This fourth installment is getting excited and entertaining since the second one about the mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awoke after 12 years while she and her lycan-vampire hybrid Michael Corvin were caught by the government, and she was freed by Eve (India Eisley) who is revealed to be a hybrid and the daughter of Selene and Michael.
But the mother-daughter relationships shown were actually good and original - no hugging, no crying, no, "I love you, sweet girl!" Selene behaves as she should - she lost her loved one, so she wouldn't be a smiling happy mother just because she now has a daughter (though of course she would protect her).
I could see Beckinsale in a bunch of physics-defying action scenes while dressed in her character Selene's signature leather outfit. You get that here. The action scenes are slick and well-made, the Lycans look better than they ever have before, and the ending sequence, involving at least three distinct battles, is satisfactory, even if the ending as a whole promises much more than it delivers.
February 17, 2013
Dean McKenna

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Good to see Kate Beckinsale back for this forth outing. Just a pity it seems they are short of ideas, and backing it seems. It doesn't have the production value of the previous films, especially the first two. The cgi for the Lycans at times isn't that impressive. Hopefully if they do anymore it will be with a bigger budget and better story line. For fans of the franchise mainly who seek another Selene outing.
September 4, 2012

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Since it's rough beginnings i've always been a huge fan of the Underworld saga and i've entirely devoted myself in defending it from the huge amount of people who have always had many reservations for it and seem to think otherwise. I know for a fact that the series is not as unintelligent as people think. I've always loved it's absolutely beautiful gothic visuals, the convincing lead performances, and the well choreographed action sequences. I believe that Selene is portrayed brilliantly by Kate Beckinsale and in that role she is simply badass. Selene is a very interesting and likable heroine whom you can easily relate to in reality. But most people really dont view the series the same way I do. Those who constantly criticise the film for it's lack of dramatic depth and character study dont seems to enjoy pointing out that the spectacle and set pieces in the film's are designed incredibly well. I often argue that the previous films do in fact have depth. However even myself, a massively loyal fan to the series, found some elements of Awakening problematic. Their is less of a focus on Selene and characterisation of the supporting characters in this 4th installment. I felt unengaged with them unlike a lot of the characters in the previous films and i'd be lying if I said that it wasn't a let down for me. The plot of Awakening is very thin, but nevertheless interesting. If any sequels are made I hope they take the opportunity to develop it into something unique and unexpected. But even though Awakening has a few problems that were not present in the previous films it has fast paced action that doesn't fall short and an elegantly intimidating performance from Kate Beckinsale that we've all come to expect, but still entertains me. It stands out from other installments by throwing in some interesting ideas into the mix that work very well but even though it's dissapointingly weaker than the previous chapters i'm still very confident in thinking it wil please the Underworld faithful, and as a fanatic of the Underworld franchise, I was entertained all the way through.
August 24, 2012
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    1. Selene: What is this place?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (17 months ago)
    1. David: We stand, and we fight!
    – Submitted by James W (23 months ago)
    1. Lycan Creature #1: I heal instantly.
    2. Selene: I'm counting on it.
    – Submitted by David C (2 years ago)
    1. Eve: It's worse if you try to fight it, trust me.
    – Submitted by Dave S (2 years ago)
    1. Selene: I was with him one day, and when I awoke it was 12 years later.
    – Submitted by Joseph J (2 years ago)
    1. Thomas: Silver ammunition!
    – Submitted by Joseph J (2 years ago)
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