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Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Underworld: Blood Wars delivers another round of the stylized violence that the series is known for, but -- like many fifth franchise installments -- offers precious little of interest to the unconverted.

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The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Cast

Daisy Head
as Alexia
Zuzana Stivinova
as Vampire Council #1
Brian Caspe
as Vampire Council #2
Jan Nemejovský
as Vampire Council #3
Dan Bradford
as Lycan Pack Leader #1
David Bowles
as Lycan Pack Leader #2
Tomasz Kwiecien-Fisher
as Lycan Pack Leader #3
Eva Larvoire
as Tech Lycan
Jiri Jelinek
as Lycan Underling
Marielle Tepper
as Black Lycan Sidekick
Jordan Haj
as Lead Death Dealer
Daniel Pietrucha
as Death Dealer #1
Jakub Kropacek
as Vampire Cadet #1
Sara Arnsteinova
as Vampire Cadet #2
Irena Morisakova
as Cello Vampire #1
Terezie Kovalova
as Cello Campire #2
Tomas Fingerland
as Cello Vampire #3
Jakub Mayer
as Cello Vampire #4
Denisa Krskova
as Society Vampire #1
Simona Simkova
as Society Vampire #2
Daniel Vojtech
as Society Vampire #3
Jared Doreck
as Control Room Vampire
Lukas Vydrzal
as Nordic Vampire #1
Lukas Krampera
as Nordic Vampire #2
Adam Vosecek
as Nordic Child #1
Agatha Hofmanova
as Nordic Child #2
Anezka Noskova
as Nordic Child #3
Alicia Vela-Bailey
as Safehouse Lycan
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Critic Reviews for Underworld: Blood Wars

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (12)

Possibly the nail in the coffin of this dreary vampire series.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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Coming off a long overdue reunion with Whit Stillman in the Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship, Kate Beckinsale returns here to the role that has been wasting her gifts as a comic actor for going on 14 years.

January 9, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

For the most part, there's little to care about: Semira surfaces as the one potential source of campy fun in the film, but she's quickly ground down by the story machinations, and the fight scenes are so choppily edited that they barely register at all.

January 7, 2017 | Full Review…

This film is so heavy with exposition that you would think that the director, Anna Foerster, and the screenwriter, Cory Goodman, had set out to complete a dissertation instead of a sequel.

January 6, 2017 | Full Review…

While the film may justify its title in terms of the viscera on display, it is badly in need of a funny bone.

January 6, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Whatever's vibrating on your phone is more interesting than what's onscreen.

January 6, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Underworld: Blood Wars

½

Over time this franchise has virtually become a mirror image of the [i]Resident Evil[/i] movie franchise (the crappy live action franchise not the animated franchise). Both formulas have become almost identical to the point that you could simply swap out zombies with either vampire or werewolves and no one would notice or care. And of course the big question for both is how they have managed to keep going?? OK so I'm not going to explain the plot here simply because that would require going over all the previous movies and I simply can't do that. Why? because I cannot remember what happened in the previous movies and I'm not gonna rewatch them. The same argument can also be used for the [i]Resident Evil[/i] movies coincidentally. But don't worry because this movie actually recaps all the previous movies in a somewhat lengthy flashback with added narration, so you're all covered. But put simply, lots of vamps and lycans fight each other amongst a multitude of double crosses and character plot twists. The first thought that hit me as this movie get into gear was how bad it looked, what a come down from what has come before. In general this movie looks terribly dull, washed out, dreary and unexciting. Now I realise the whole point of the movie/franchise is to look like this because its a gothic action horror series. But here's the thing, all (or most) of the previous movies had interesting and imaginative visuals and ideas. You could see the people involved wanted to showcase the gothic magnificence of the story with lavish sets and costumes, unique camera viewpoints, creative action sequences and some genuine classic horror vibes. But as the franchise has progressed these elements have slowly drained away leaving this totally drab and frankly cheap looking fifth entry. The first action sequence is a shambles of obvious greenscreen, an obvious set, terrible transformations and CGI lycans, CGI blood spurts and tired action. The entire sequence looked like it was made for TV or straight out of a videogame. Dated and cliched remark there I know but there is no other way to describe it. Things don't really improve from that point either. Most of the makeup for the vampires is obvious with their straightened hair, highlights and shadow. All the vamps look like fashion models whilst the lycans look like a bunch of hobos or eastern European gypsies, still. No one ever seems to change their outfits apart from the women who change for every scene (except Selene who never gets out of her catsuit). But more importantly the whole movie is just so boring looking. Its like they had limited locations to shoot on with a limited budget. There is not a single scene or shot that looks interesting, cool or has a nice traditional gothic vibe about it. Its all just a series of badly envisioned sets saturated in a limited colour palette of black, grey and dark blue. As for plot points, well holy shit this becomes a convoluted mess fast. Most of the main characters in this movie are either a secret lover of another, or a secret child of someone else important, or they're double crossing someone. I kid you not it all becomes such a mess of character names and backstory it doesn't surprise me that there are so many flashbacks to all the other films for assistance. To top that you're never really quite sure if a certain character has actually died or not, which of course is deliberate (sequels!!). Lets talk about the new vampires we meet in this movie, the Nordic vampires. Yep you guessed it, they are Nordic, which is Scandinavian, which instantly makes people think of blondes and snow. Yes that's right, all the Nordic vampires have blonde (or platinum blonde/white) hair and eyebrows and they all dress in flowing white robes (because snow is white and they're in the snowy region of Scandinavia. See how that works). This section of the movie was genuinely laughable. The vamps looked like elves from a certain fantasy novel, they all used basic weaponry (no guns). There was also a never-ending supply of them apparently, and they carry out some underwater ritual or meditation that gives them teleporting powers (I didn't get it). Of course Selene eventually goes through this when you think she's dead (don't be stupid) and ends up with said teleporting powers...oh and blonde highlights because new movie, new look! For a movie about vampires fighting werewolves there is certainly a lot of fighting between just normal looking people (with guns, lots of guns...and hoodies, lots of hoodies). There is of course lycan action but the shit CGI mixed with how apparently useless they are made it all seem rather pointless and uneventful really. Lycan chief Marius seems to be some kind of úber lycan or hybrid, not really sure but he has a humanoid face when transformed. Naturally despite him being HUGE and muscular he still doesn't tear off Selene's head in the first five seconds of their face-off. I don't understand how or why he doesn't do this. I also don't get how Marius and David (vampire chap from last flick) can expel bullets from their bodies yet none of the others do the same when shot. Is it something to do with how many bullets or vampire/lycan hierarchy and strength?? I'm sure I've been told at some point but cannot recall. So was I disappointed with this new entry in the never ending battle between vampires and werewolves? Well its hard to answer that really. On one hand no I wasn't disappointed because I knew exactly what to expect, as I'm sure others will do to. I knew very well how it would look, feel and play out. I also knew very well that it would finish leaving the franchise open to carry on further. I would say I was left underwhelmed by the movies lack of imagination, vision and excitement which up to this point has been the franchises saving grace. Yes we know it will do the same thing all over again but come on, at least look good doing it yeah.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Although I enjoyed it just as much as the others my rating is lower as Underworld just seems to do what do many sequels have done before which is go round in circles with the story to the point where it's basically the same plot we have already seen, Having said that the action was the best yet in the series with some pretty good effects that really make the film as good as it was, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version but I don't think it would of been worth paying extra for, It won't gain any new fans but fans of the previous films will enjoy it even if the plot does sound very familiar to us.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer

½

This film was better than the last one but and also builds on the last one. It's a good thing they quickly recap the entire franchise at the beginning or else no one would know what is going on in this film unless they binge watched the franchise before viewing this one. It is much of the same where Vampires and Lycans are curious about a hybrid of the two and yet again Selene gets more powers that make her even more invincible (which if you've seen all the films in this franchise you'd guess she is already more powerful than any one already). This film was okay but I would recommend checking it out only if you want to complete the franchise.

Patrick Wrye
Patrick Wrye

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