Underworld Awakening Reviews
October 30, 2014
Kate Beckinsale brings another stunning performance as the vampire heroine with once again providing non stop action and entertainment in the lastest Underworld film.
September 7, 2014
There comes a time when a concept runs out of ideas that in order to continue its legacy, or at least its financial success, the filmmakers needs to find nary a plot twist and focus on fitting a concept around the action, and non-stop action at that. In this sense, the UNDERWORLD saga, if it can be called that, is case in point where you get exactly what you pay for. Beckinsale, older and tightly gaunt, certainly still commands the screen in this 3D entry. Vampires or Lycans, who's fighting whom is rarely the point. In this film talented actors are hamming it up for the screen, like a sexless Caligula, as they battle extra large special effects or they become such. Who knows. UNDERWORLD: AWAKENINGS is nothing more than, eventually, tiresome fun.
November 11, 2010
Maybe not as good as the early ones in the franchise but I still found it entertaining. Kate in tight leather batteling werewolfs.. how can it fail?
|John Eric D.||
September 29, 2014
The whole time I'm watching it is like I'm thinking of Paul W.S Anderson all the time. I mean its Resident Evil meets Underworld in a B Grade production. The story is way out different from the series. It's the most generic of them all. It's stupidly made with the worst execution. CGI improvements here and there but I miss the gory hack n slash fights that leaves a trademark of the series. More like a filler on a TV series or something, it never really works. Easily forgettable.
August 28, 2012
Action decent, story lacking. One of the things I enjoyed with the series was its ability to create a story worth watching, in a modern setting, with classic vampire/werewolf action. Its difficult to pull off, but they did it. Then this, I hesitate to judge it harshly, but, I feel 3.5 stars may have even been too many...
September 19, 2014
Sympa! pas encore finit la saga..le 5éme arrive sans kate :(
August 31, 2014
After an abysmal third chapter, the Underworld franchise tries to pick itself back up. In comparison to its last installment, this looks like 'Citizen Kane'. Plenty of flaws, but it certainly entertains and with its quick run time, there's no reason a fan of the franchise like myself could pass on it.
One of my complaints is also a strength. The intricate and finely tuned mythology of the original films is all but gone, obliterated by insane amounts of non stop and brutally violent action. Tension building is virtually non existent, which is a shame since the original couple of films did it pretty well. Of course, the action is pretty badass and probably the best of the series. Certainly entertaining, but almost mindlessly so. The original couple films were pretty intricate and sophisticated for a series that revolves around vampires fighting werewolves.
The pacing is ridiculously fast. Items that could have helped the film are blown over so fast you don't even get to process them. I don't think there are any stretches more than 3 or 4 minutes that don't involve an explosion, a car chase, a slow-mo blood-splatter/fight scene, or a werewolf transformation scene. It just really fails to get into any engaging territory or stimulate any amount of brain cells whatsoever.
The acting is nothing more than standard. It is certainly nice to see Beckensale back in the skintight black latex. Her Selene appears even more brutal and cold than ever, which was welcome. A nice cast of character actors like Stephen Rea, Charles Dance and Wes Bently round out a respectable list. I seriously miss Michael Sheen as Lucian though. I'm aware he wasn't in 'Underworld: Evolution', but I always thought his character was mishandled and deserved much better.
The direction of the movie has undergone alot of change as well. Gone are the slow panning gothic frameworks, replaced by ultra-fast shot cutting and smooth modern mechanics. Again, it makes for a sleeker ride, but it further removes the unique feel of the original films. The effects are pretty impressive. I can't deny everything looks great, but I miss a bit of the less in your face aspects of the first movies.
The story is standard and unimaginative. In fact, I'd have a hard time even telling you what happened. As I said, this is fairly mindless action and violence. There are a couple of really stupid moments that strip any semblance of credibility from an already shoddy story.
All in all, its impossible for me to watch this and not compare it to its predecessors. While it pales in comparison to the first, I'd put this installment on par with 'Evolution', and far better than 'Rise of the Lycans'. It is truly 'turn off your brain first' entertainment, but it is well shot and very entertaining entertainment. It loses alot of the gothic feel of the other films, but it fits into the grand scheme of the series fairly well.
August 28, 2014
I do quite like the Underworld franchise and it's all the better now Kate Beckinsale has poured herself back into her rubber trousers to once more take the lead after the last 'Rise of the Lycans' movie. Here, she gets thawed out from a block of ice to find her half werewolf half vampire lover dead and that she now has a 12 year old daughter. Said daughter has inherited her daddy's powers and is being experimented on by evil Stephen Rea who heads up some mysterious genetics lab. All the remaining Vampires have been driven underground and the humans killed off the remaining Lycans during a purge some years before...or did they? These films are violent and packed with gory action but Beckinsale brings tremendous fun to them. Here she is joined by Theo James as the vampire, David. His father, portrayed with suitable suaveness by Charles Dance, leads a coven of vampires hiding in a secret base under a dam. There's also a sympathetic role for Michael Ealy as Sebastian, a policeman investigating goings on and with a personal interest to the eternal war between the Vampires and Lycans. These films don't tax and are fairly linear in narrative but the action scenes are great and the effects are nice. There's an neat take on the obligatory car chase sequence where our heroes bust out of the lab and are pursued by a pack of werewolves. There's a pumping accompanying soundtrack just in case you didn't quite get the message and the plot moves along at nicely. I don't know whether there will be a fifth instalment in this series but they've certainly left enough threads hanging to make it possible and I for one wouldn't mind if they do find a way to bring Beckinsale's Selene back to kick a few more furry asses.
August 28, 2014
Bringing back Selene, to a new generation and war.
August 21, 2014
The best Underwold in my book, Visually and action wise. It is like The previous films were slacking off in comparison. It is worth watching all 4 in order though. We should have had a new film by late 2014 to keep this momentum building but will be worth the wait.
August 19, 2014
It's nice to see Kate Beckinsale back, but this is the worst installment in the franchise. The story is thinner that most video games developed these days, and adds nothing to the mythos of the franchise.
March 22, 2012
DESPUES DE VARIOS AÑOS LA SAGA ES RETOMADA POR LA ESPECTACULAR SELENE. ACCION, ACCION Y MAS ACCION CON EXCELENTES ESCENAS Y EFECTOS VISUALES PARA LOGRAR UN ESPECTACULAR 3D. LOS SEGUIDORES DE ESTA SAGA ESTARAN CONFORMES CON SEMEJANTE PELICULA Y SE VIENE LA 5TA PARTE.
July 14, 2014
It may be the most action packed of the series but lacks a ending and seems too worried about setting up the next one.
July 3, 2014
Love this complete series. Beckinsale is amazing as usual.
June 28, 2014
Occasionally really fun, but it's still a damn "Underworld" movie.
June 18, 2014
This is the 4th installment of the Underworld movie series where Kate Beckinsale returns as the protagonist vampire warrior. Though, I'm not much into liking vampire stories on movies, yet I'm solved to this action-packed movie that has all the elements of suspense and adrenaline rush for each scene. And Kate Beckinsale lead it all the way. Actually, she pull up the movie for me for her great act and performance as Selene while the whole movie is lacking in an essential story that will make solid and leaning so much on the action side. There so much action in the movie that it forget to instill a solid story and/or background that the franchise is known for in its previous installments. It hint a sequel in the end and I wish on that movie, there is more story and/or balance between the action and story. And of course, Beckinsale still on the lead.
June 11, 2014
What I liked most about this movie is that it sets up for a fourth. What I didn't quite understand was how the child ended up with a British-esque accent after being raised in a laboratory its entire life. Otherwise, another excellent installment in the series.
June 3, 2014
Stuttering sequel with very general themes and used storylines reworked into the continuation of the Underworld Saga. It's watchable and certainly one for fans of the franchise.
June 2, 2014
Excitement took over when I heard Selene was coming back for a fourth installment of the Underworld franchise. And although it's not the best of all four, it throws a story at you that you have been waiting for. Kate comes in as Selene full throttle and takes you on a ride which is what the Underworld people want. Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein deliver an entertaining movie that will fill your time and deliver the world we enjoyed in the past with a present twist.