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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

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16

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 101
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 85

A visual and aural assault on the senses, this vampire-werewolf sequel makes a lot of noise and features a heavy-handed, overly convoluted story.

5

Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 19

A visual and aural assault on the senses, this vampire-werewolf sequel makes a lot of noise and features a heavy-handed, overly convoluted story.

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Tribes of vampires and werewolves battle for supremacy among the undead in this follow-up to the horror hit Underworld. Tracing the bloody history of the ongoing war between the Death Dealers, a gang of upper-crust vampires, and the Lycans, a pack of scruffy werewolves, Underworld: Evolution finds beautiful Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and hunky Lycan Michael (Scott Speedman) exploring their own pasts as well as those of their comrades in hope of uncovering the secrets of this

Jun 6, 2006

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Underworld films are a highly specialized taste, and those who've acquired it know who they are. Everyone else should give this one a wide berth.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The plot is so convoluted that missing even five minutes at a stretch won't make any difference in your comprehension of the story.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comment (1)
Salon.com
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I can't even begin to divulge the storyline because it's mostly unfathomable.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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I dare anyone to follow the plot, which manages, like some ill-baked meringue, to be both too light on the surface and too densely clotted underneath.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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A monster chiller sequel that is visually spectacular but rather overburdened with story.

January 26, 2006
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There's nothing new under the sun -- or out of it -- as vampire movies go.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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While it is still plagued by many of the same problems of the first film, Underworld: Evolution is generally an improvement over the original and an entertaining diversion.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Yes, I'll admit, it's better than the first film, but really not by much.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Nudity and excessive exposition accompany gore-infused visual f/x in this splashy modern Goth extravaganza.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Overall, Underworld: Evolution is a vast improvement over its predecessor Underworld (2003), even if it generally suffers from the twin evils of stupidity and seriousness.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It never lives up to the potential of its premise about a centuries-old war between rival clans of vampires and werewolves.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

...the series continues to squander its undeniably irresistible premise of vampires and werewolves duking it out...

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This is one of the more maddening franchises going right now, because so much potential is being wasted by director Len Wiseman, who can't seem to get the formula right.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I'm thinking about hair color after just having seen an action-horror movie; that's a bad sign.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Not a lot to recommend this sequel.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The movie is intermittently entertaining and often gory but rarely exciting.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The digital critters look much better than in the first film, it's fun seeing Derek Jacobi and Bill Nighy vamp it up, and the sight of Kate in that suit makes it worth squinting through all the murk.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

It's interesting and very telling that in the credits the actors are named last. It's Wiseman's way of acknowledging his films are not about performances but special effects.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
Jam! Movies

Takes itself way too seriously and relies way too heavily on its "multi-generational gothic soap opera" exposition volleys that crop up whenever someone's *** is not being kicked.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

Evolution's action sequences are as horribly bungled as its plot, resulting in a string of repetitive confrontations that feel toothless even by the last movie's standards.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There isn't much that is new or fresh about Underworld Evolution . . .

March 29, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

Loud, dark, and hopelessly enmeshed in loop-de-loop arcing plot mechanics that create more confusion than tension.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Underworld: Evolution

So that's what the cross between a Werewolf and a Vampire looks like is it. Not what I expected but it's all good. Actually Tony Curran's Marcus looked pretty cool. I'm a bit late to the party with this franchise, I've been wanting to watch for some time though and it feels like it's going to be another Resident Evil as in they're not particularly great films but they are very watchable and generally good fun. There was some pretty cool gore scenes here which made me happy and overall I think I liked it better than the first. Len Wiseman is a pretty good action director, Die Hard wasn't crap because of the direction and the new Total Recall was pretty good I thought, so all credit to him!
July 30, 2013
SirPant

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"Underworld: Evolution" is just another generic sequel. It picks up right where "Underworld" ends, with Marcus(Tony Curran) awakening. Marcus then begins to hunt Selene(Kate Beckinsale) and her Lycon/Vampire hybrid lover Michael(Scott Speedman). There is some vampire vs werewolf action, but this is more of a vampire vs vampire movie. More action and gore(some actually very good gore scenes), and less story. There is some secrets revealed about their pasts, and the death of a couple key characters, but overall not an improvement over the first one. Sequels are rarely better, so it's not a big surprise that it comes up short. Still worth a watch if your a fan of the first one or horror movies, just keep expectations in check.
May 19, 2012
Everett Johnson

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three stars
May 14, 2012
YodaMasterJedi
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04/08/2011 (ONLINE)

Super cool! Not many sequels can compliment their original films but this for me certainly did. Awesome stuff, vampires, werewolves and Michael the coolest hybrid.

The action is there, the artistry looks fantastic the whole film is my kind of flick in this genre. Cool actors and a awesome lead actress to bring this story to life and giving me an exiting 2 hour break from reality.

Watching this again has me swinging for the 4th installment and I cannot wait till I drench myself in another tale from the "Underworld".
April 30, 2012
EightThirty

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    1. Corvinus Alexander: We are oddities of nature, you and I. Nothing more! This is a world for humanity.
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    1. Viktor: Luke, I am your father.
    – Submitted by Chris G (24 months ago)
    1. Kraven: Please. I can assist you.
    2. Marcus: Oh, you already have.
    – Submitted by Tyler H (2 years ago)
    1. Marcus: Why would I listen to your lies, when the journey to the truth is so much sweeter?
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    1. Marcus: You know well the consequences if your murder me. Or William.
    2. Viktor: If you so much as speak his name again you will have chosen that future for him.
    – Submitted by Jake A (2 years ago)
    1. Selene: Oh, well then perhaps I'm mistaken and there's no use for you at all.
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