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From the first moments of the film, the film blasts into nonstop action
scenes that the audience won't have time to take a breath. One scene
ends, probably a 90-second rest and our heroes fight again with the bad
guys. And this time around, we have a new group between the wars: the
humans. So the battle here is pretty much Vampires vs. Lycans vs.
Humans (although the humans don't actually do any part in the war).
After evading the previous installment, Kate Beckinsale returns to reprise the role of the sadistic, sexy vampire Selene. She's back after experiencing a 12-year sleep in a human facility and being held captive for several reasons. But then, a mysterious hybrid (a combination of vampire and Lycan) awakens her and soon, Selene has to protect the hybrid from the impending threats committed by the Lycans and humans.
The bad guy here is a scientist who works for the facility in which Selene had been trapped. But deep down inside, he's actually a Lycan who aims to triumph over the vampires and humans. And he's got a sidekick, his son named Jacob who's a Lycan but through some process, possesses extra abilities (e.g. more gigantic rippling muscles, heal instantly after being injured).
The action scenes are fantastic and wildly entertaining. They're incredibly fast-paced and this movie definitely provides more than we need. From the first seconds of the film, the movie immediately starts accelerating into full tension with its extravagant and exuberant fighting scenes. The action never stops and there's barely any scenes involving words coming out of the actors' mouths.
The 3D here is mediocre. Some of the scenes offer eye-popping effects while at other scenes, the 3D was hardly noticeable. Some of the scenes didn't even look blurry when I took off my 3D spectacles. Unlike the similar "Resident Evil: Afterlife", "Awakening" offers less eye-popping effects and the 3D here acts like more of an optional choice than a mandatory one.
The acting was okay, not too shabby. But they just don't have enough lines. It's like they're reluctant to talk. There is just not enough things to say that I barely got to know with the characters. I was like "What's his name? What's her name?" The characters don't talk at all. They must have been in some sort of detention class.
But overall, "Underworld: Awakening" is a wildly entertaining film. I'm sure boys will enjoy this film and I'm sure most wouldn't be disappointed after leaving out the theater, as well as for "Underworld" fans. There are plenty of action scenes and it's just sheer fun watching this film. "Awakening" is a visual feast of blood, violence, and action.
Final Verdict: "Underworld: Awakening" is an impressive, stylish entry to the popular "Underworld" series that offers plenty of action, blood, and violence.
In my opinion, I believe that this was the best out of the franchise
because all of the predecessors basically built up all the mythology
and I don't know how they would of built up on it.
Don't get me wrong I love the other movies, but resorting to the action was a good idea because (not only am I a action buff) all the other movies didn't have much and with all the action in the new one, it's good thing to see Selene at her fiercest because we didn't see as much in the other movies.
Also, to see people complaining about the story, idk what the problem is, its a fine plot and sure some characters didn't have much dialogue or background, but think about, that's not the reason you went to see the movie, a majority of you went for Kate Beckinsale. If it wasn't for her, the underworld series would be nothing.
WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW : UNDERWORLD : AWAKENING
MINI REVIEW : A train wreck of barely connectible scenes
RATING : Don't waste your money (Rating System: "See it in theaters," "Wait for the instant download," "Don't waste your money")
Kate Beckinsale is back as Selene. She's been frozen for 12 years and when she awakes she finds she has a daughter. But not just any daughter, she's the daughter Selene had with Michael Corvine (the hybrid Lycan/Vampire). So that makes her a special non-bitten hybrid and the Lycans want to capture her.
The whole movie is a chase scene with the daughter (who looks a lot like Regan in "The Exorcist") alternately getting nabbed or saved.
There is nothing interesting in this movie except for Beckinsale in tight PVC clothing (I often joke that the movie should be called "Underwear"). The fight scenes are choppy and unwatchable (I'm forever ruined by the amazing fight scenes from "The Matrix"). The plot is boring and unwatchable. The characters are empty and unwatchable. Do you see a trend here?
I would say "Awakening" has put a wooden stake in the heart of an otherwise fine franchise. So, for an unwatchable, unremarkable, retread of a trilogy that should have stayed a trilogy, I recommend you don't waste your money.
I can't believe how many times this same story will be told. It's like
watching a cowboy beat a dead horse over and over again. At least
change the stick that the cowboy is using, some creativity would be
much welcomed in these movies that are coming out.
I'm starting to believe that their is only one or two people really writing and directing these movies. The creators that are so called creating these movies must have a set play book that they all use without variance. Boring, and too predictable.
My advice is not to waste your money on this dead horse movie, or the next ten sorry sequels to follow. Wait for something with some original and creative thinking involved with the movie.
Movies like these are just brain dead and sad.
Me, my sis and bro all just went to see this, and I will tell ya its amazing! :D Kate looks like she did in underworld 2 so that is totally amazing! plus story and action were like wow! if you liked the other movies you are going to love this one so much. It is by far the best movie i have ever seen in a long time! and i see a lot of movies. So i was sucked in from the first five minutes to the amazing ending climax! One thing i really liked about this movie was the feel of it, not another twilight blah blah, but an actually movie that seems real. I like how it had the same feel as the other 3 movies, and it was the best ever!
I was very thrilled to know that Kate Beckinsale is returning as Selene
in the upcoming underworld film. I loved the first two movies and I
wondered how the second was going to be all about. Usually such sequel
are unnecessary. The stories are just pushed into the series and
finally we feel that, hey that was not necessary. It spoiled the thrill
of the first film. But not in this case.
Vampires in the underworld are hundred times more thrilling than the vampires in twilight saga. Kata Beckinsale returns as the beautiful, slick and stylish vampire gal Selene. But yes she has changed a lot. She looks older, yet she is still the same girl in action. New characters and addictions are nice of course. There is sequel yet to come to complete the sequel of this film, I hope it comes soon.
I rather not mention the plot much here. It is any day better to watch the film with absolutely no idea about the theme or the plot.
The visual effects are spectacular. One of the best 3D effects in a film. The dark scenes can be a little distraction for such effects. People who does not enjoy movies taken in the dark need not enjoy this. But in general it is worth a look and all the underworld fans will love this film.
This is a genuinely poor film - I now know why it wasn't released to
the critics before going out on general release! It should have gone
straight to DVD.
I can't believe the people that have scored this above 5 on this site. It is a really lame effort and everyone involved should hang their head in shame. The storyline could have been so much more - instead it is predictable (what there is of it!) and seems to be more of an advert for 3d rather than a effort at making a decent movie.
Oh, and who is KB married to.......ah yes, Len Wiseman!! Think this whole genre has scraped a new level - probably time for Ken to move onto pastures new. This Underworld hasn't 'awoken' - it's in a terminal slumber!!! Save your money and watch something else!
Really thanks a lot for the makers of this movie. Couldn't imagine more
to ruin the reputation of a good trilogy. I think, even these modern
video games' in game videos are far better than this movie.
There was no "oh what comes next?" question in my head. Just watched meaningless fights. You were getting excited while watching the fights in former series. There is no need to talk about characters who toss cars around like toys and can't even break the wall. Selene's and the werewolves final fight was really stupid. Selene who did unbelievable things just waited in the corner of the room like a cat. The big bad wolf was just tossing Selene around.
Even if I would consider this movie as not a sequel, it still would be an under average scored one.
Maybe it would be harsh but I would consider Underworld: Awakening in the same category of Twilight Saga for being a bad vampire&werewolf movie.
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Not a terrible movie overall but very predictable if you've seen Ultraviolet. The kid being hers and others trying to get it. The "doctor" who is trying to "eradicate" a virus but is really infected by the virus and is bent on using it in his power play. The sidekick, in this case a cop, who helps the hero. The whole movie does not have the same attention grabbing elements as the earlier Underworld films. The dark is there however the attitude isn't. Celine looks worn rather than vengeful. The whole movie feels disjointed even when it does explain connections. Flashbacks would have helped. It's an OK film for a rainy afternoon where your kids are prattling on and assorted interruptions keep popping up because in reality you wouldn't have missed much.
Selene awakens 12 years after being captured to discover that she now
has a daughter, a vampire/werewolf hybrid who is the last of the
Covinus line. Together, they are the only hope for survival for their
It frequently happens with sequels; they really don't have any story left, so they place action and special effects at the forefront in the hope you won't notice.
Cartoon violence and the worst looking creatures. What are they fighting about? It seems lost in the violence.
What is teen star India Eisley doing in the film? It is a R Rated feature, not Twilight.
Keep this up and the series will fold into oblivion.
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