Underworld Awakening (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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
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R (for strong violence and gore, and for some language)
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Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Charles Dance
as Thomas
Stephen Rea
as Dr. Jacob Lane
Michael Ealy
as Detective Sebastian
Catlin Adams
as Olivia
Benita Ha
as Surgical Nurse
Kurt Max Runte
as Troop Leader
Dan Payne
as Lycan Creature #2
Panou
as Old City Cop #1
Christian Tessier
as Security Guard #1
John Innes
as Medical Supervisor
Mark Gibbon
as Announcing Guard
Tyler McClendon
as Scientist
Richard Cetrone
as Lycan Creature #1
Jacob Blair
as Officer Kolb
Theo James
as David
Adam Greydon Reid
as Med Tech #1
Robert Lawrenson
as Waterfront Cop
Lee Majdoub
as Desk Guard #1
Ian Rozylo
as Old City Cop #2
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Critic Reviews for Underworld Awakening

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.

Full Review… | January 22, 2012
New York Times
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The most generic entry of the bunch.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Boston Globe
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There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence.

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

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Underworld Awakening

½

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.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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½

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.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] 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.

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