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Underworld (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Thriller  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

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Storyline

A war has been raging between the Vampires and Lycan for centuries, Selene (Beckinsale) is a death dealer, assigned to hunt down and eradicate the last of the Lycan. When she comes across Michael Corvin (Speedman) who holds the key to end the war she must decide where her allegiances will lie. Written by satyr-14 (fixed ShortBrit's summary)

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An immortal battle for supremacy. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence/gore and some language | See all certifications »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,487,839 (UK) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$903,637 (Brazil) (30 April 2004)
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Trivia

Len Wiseman opted to shoot many of the action and effects sequences live, without computer imagery. In one scene, for instance, a werewolf seems to run more than 50 mph behind a speeding car. This was shot using an elaborate rig towed behind a vehicle, with actor Michael Sheen doing the closeups of the running and the jump onto the car, while the long shot of Lucian running was done by stuntman Todd Schneider. See more »

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Lucian, despite having the variables to prolong his life via Raze's delivery of Amelia's blood, dies needlessly. It is revealed that Viktor and Amelia's blood in combination with Michael's blood could produce a uber strong hybrid. Raze even drops the blood before Lucian in the holster. Previously, Lucian injected himself with Michael's blood to complete 1/2 steps. Only needing Amelia's blood to fulfill his goal. Yet, he does not. See more »

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[first lines]
Selene: [voiceover] The war had all but ground to a halt in the blink of an eye. Lucian, the most feared and ruthless leader ever to rule the Lycan clan, had finally been killed. The Lycan horde scattered to the wind in a single evening of flame and retribution. Victory, it seemed, was in our grasp, the very birthright of the vampires. Nearly six centuries had passed since that night, yet the ancient feud proved unwilling to follow Lucian to the grave. Though Lycans were fewer in number, ...
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Down in the Lab
Written by Danny Lohner
Performed by Renholder
Additional Vocals by Amy Lee
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Surprisingly good! I'm impressed!
4 February 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

As soon as I saw the preview to this film I wrote it off as a silly Matrix rip-off trying to attack a subject that is so tired (vampires/werewolves). I really never had any intention of seeing Underworld until my girlfriend, who saw it in theaters, repeatedly suggested I watch it. After watching the DVD just now I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. I was completely into the story, which is surprisingly rich and engaging. One would have to be a bit naïve not to admit that Underworld does indeed borrow from a variety of action films, most notably The Matrix. It should be obvious to any free-thinking person that none of the ideas present in Underworld are original, but what this film does well is take ideas that were established in the past and build on them more. This is by no means a carbon copy of any of the films from which it borrows from. Slow motion gun battles didn't originate with the Matrix films. The most refreshing aspect of this movie is the story, which surprisingly has many layers and puts a totally fresh new spin on the vampire/werewolf stories. This aspect, along with the excellent visual effects makes Underworld an enjoyable experience. A sequel for this is inevitable, and I must say that I'm really looking forward to it. Underworld was a very pleasant surprise.

*** out of **** stars


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