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Underworld: Evolution (2006)

Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

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Underworld: Evolution continues the saga of war between the vampires and the Lycans. The film goes back to the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene, the beautiful vampire heroine, and Michael, the lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines. This will be a modern tale of action, intrigue and forbidden love, which takes them into the battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution. Written by Shewolfinlondon

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My God. Brother, what have you done?


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Rated R for pervasive strong violence and gore, some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2006 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,857,181, 22 January 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,318,875, 12 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,340,801, 12 March 2006
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In the very first cut of the movie that was put together sometime around spring of 2005 and which didn't include almost all of the visual and CGI effects, didn't had proper sound mixing and which was said to be over two hours long, the sex scene between Michael and Selene was longer and it actually included more nudity from actress Kate Beckinsale. The scene also originally included part where right after Selene has orgasm (this is the part where scene stops and fades to black in final version of it) she gets on top of Michael and they continue to make love.

Reportedly, this part was cut right after rest of the scene was heavily edited because of Beckinsale's demands not to include any shot that would show her completely nude. The scene was filmed with both her and Scott Speedman being fully nude which is why it required some big cuts during later editing of the film. This also explains use of fade outs in between the shots of the scene and some bad edits of it. However, because of these reasons later part of the scene where Selene is on top of Michael and they continue to have sex until she has another orgasm couldn't be re-edited to look properly which is why it hit the cutting room floor.

But if the later scene where Marcus stabs Selene and starts drinking her blood and seeing her memories is slowed down (this scene takes place about an hour into the film), one or two single frame shots can be seen which show bit more nudity from Selene and her starting to get on top of Michael. These shots were part of original sex scene and were accidentally left in during editing of the film.

Director Len Wiseman said in the commentary for the theatrical cut of the film recorded in 2006 how there were some scenes that were deleted from the film and how there might be an extended version of the film released sometime after the DVD release, just like the first film had, but that never happened. He also mentioned in some interviews when the movie was released in theaters how the original cut almost got an NC-17 rating, mostly due to the level of violence and gore but it was also hinted that one of the other reasons why the original version of the sex scene between Michael and Selene was cut down is because that scene alone would probably earn the movie an NC-17 rating. See more »

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Marcus' wings appear and disappear throughout the truck fight scene. See more »

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Marcus: My God. Brother, what have you done?
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Eternity and a Day
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A Nutshell Review: Underworld: Evolution
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

After Kate Beckinsale's Seline character got around kicking massive rear in slinky black Lycra, we had Charlize Theron doing the same in Aeon Flux, and coming soon, Milla Jovovich in Ultraviolet. Sexy costumes, menacing weapons and killer moves seem to be the order of the day. It's no doubt that Underworld would have a sequel, since it was obviously hinted at after the end credits of the original, though it would be three years before it materialized.

And Kate Beckinsale still looked as hot as the pasty-white faced, black and blue eyed vampire known as a Death Dealer. Actually, that's one of the extremely few good things about this movie. We get to see her more, see her in action more (*ahem* love scene some more to keep the fan boys happy) with her twin rapid firing handguns, and flitting around action sequences without tearing her outfit.

The other good thing about this movie, is if you're a fan of blood and gore, you'll be kept happy with the many decapitations in various creative ways, piercings, shootings (at point blank), and endless gunfire.

Unfortunately, these good points were thin after a while, and seriously, you'll be clock watching for it to end. The movie starts off by going back to the early beginnings of the feud and tries to explain blood ties and brotherly love, in the times when the Death Dealers were wearing hand-me-down armor from the elves in Lord of the Rings. For those who are unfamiliar with the first movie, fret not, this movie does spend some time to try and explain the convoluted plot to you in a series of quick flashbacks. Sometimes so much that I think the entire first movie had been told here in fast forward.

And what a convoluted plot it is! Somehow you know that our heroes can't die - one's a superhuman hybrid never seen before, while the other is Seline the invincible who defied all odds to survive past the first film. But invulnerability makes a character weak, as it takes away the fun. Injuries heal in record time (ok, so they're vampires who recuperate in the darkness), and you'll really wonder if the Highlander way is the only way for a character to perish. The central plot about brotherhood, and the quest to unleash the very first Lycan was pretty boring stuff.

Somehow the production seemed a little lazy too. In the first movie, we had sets which are more in tuned to the present world, with the city and all. But this movie seemed to like darkness and worn out locations, and even the finale set looked suspiciously similar to the original's. And I learnt too that vampires can transfer abilities and skills by letting another suck its blood, much like Chinese Martial Arts films where the kungfu master imparts his skills to his disciples using internal strength - you'll become stronger overnight.

I had great hopes that the sequel would present itself as superior to the original, especially if it could develop a strong back story. However I was proved wrong, and this sequel, like many others, pale when compared to the original. I don't think there'll be another sequel given the characters becoming who they are at the end (almost a copy of X-Men 2's camera moving across a body of water shot with voice over), but then again, you'll never know.


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