Underworld

2003, Horror/Action, 2h 1m

162 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Though stylish to look at, Underworld is tedious and derivative. Read critic reviews

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Under cover of night, vampires engage in an age-old battle with their sworn enemies, the Lycans, a clan of violent werewolves. Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire orphaned in the wake of a bloody Lycan attack, works for the vampire clan as a trained killer. When the Lycans take a mysterious interest in Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), an exceptional mortal doctor, Selene struggles to save him from Lucian (Michael Sheen), a ruthless Lycan leader hellbent on ending the vampire bloodline.

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  • Dec 28, 2016
    There's guilty pleasure movies, and then there's the garbage like Underworld that take themselves way too seriously in an attempt to make silly action fun. What could pass as an entertaining and visually dazzling cable watch ends up as a confusing romp of a fantasy adventure. I'm a fan of Kate Beckinsale. I think when she's used right, she's of immense value to any film she's a part of. Take Love & Friendship from earlier this year for example; she was given a solid script and the room to use her British wit & charm in a rewarding performance. Sure she's gorgeous to look at in Underworld, but I can't help but think that the writing didn't allow her to truly show her chops. With that said, her ability is clearly superior to the awful supporting cast. Some of the supporting performances (Shane Brolly) are disappointingly off-putting. Much like a ton of early 2000's action films, Underworld suffers from trying to emulate The Matrix too much. It's always raining, the action scenes are darkly lit, and the characters are in a constant slow motion gaze during the shootouts and fights. I can't necessarily blame Underworld for having bad action, it was simply a product of its time. In fact, there are some good looking stunts here, most of them in camera as well. That's when Underworld is at its most appealing. When Underworld takes itself too seriously and the story is bogged down by exposition scenes (that actually make the film more confusing) it's no fun. The reason I went back and began the franchise this many years later is because I was hoping to have a fun franchise to go to the theaters for in a few weeks with Blood Wars being released. Whether I stick with the franchise or not, I'm not sure. But I know one thing for sure, Underworld's first film is painful to watch. +Beckinsale is watchable +Some nice stunt sequences -Really bad script/dialogue -Supporting performances -Ultimately generic 4.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Underworld is one of those select few films which received a less than favourable reception at it's initial release, but has gone on to remain a favourite of the dark vampire genre for the past decade. Why, you might ask? Because in the intervening decade, there has been enough bullshit released on celluloid, dvd and blu-ray to prove the initial naysayers direly wrong about their initial thoughts on the movie. In comparison to the derivative and horridly one dimensional quote-unquote vampire films which have come out in the intervening period, Underworld still seems fresh and interesting after thirteen years of finalized existence; as a film it's held up well, and the story is still interesting and grim enough to be taken seriously by the serious horror / action enthusiasts. Vampires and Lycans are both presented as a serious races who live and exist purely in nights and shadows. There is no sparkling in the sun, there is no Vampire Slayers (although that was an interesting idea in the 90s and still holds up on it's own), and there is no overtly campy love story, instead Michael and Selene are both presented right away as adults in a very mature world. At the end of the day, it's a film about vampires done well, although I can't say the same about every sequel of the franchise
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2015
    Vampires and Werewolves battle it out in London. Pretty predictable despite nice acting from Beckinsale and a stylish art direction.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2015
    Movies like Underworld just don't end up with the calibre of actor that Underworld has under normal circumstances. Somehow, Underworld did though, and yes, it's very much a product of that early '00s industrial inspired age, but it is a solid, solid take on some realistic(ish) aspects of supernatural monster mythos.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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