Against the backdrop of an unseen centuries-old war between the sophisticated Vampire clan and the brutish clan of lycanthropes, the Lycans, the lethally alluring vampire assassin and member of the elite "Death Dealers" squad, Selene, has devoted her existence to eradicating the earth's scattered pockets of remaining werewolves. With the death of the Lycans' supreme overlord, Lucian, the vampires' victory seems near; however, when their arch-enemy takes a special interest in the seemingly harmless human doctor, Michael Corvin, Selene will unearth a long-standing conspiracy. Now, treason, deceit, and conflicting feelings stand in the way of truth, forcing Selene to break protocol for the sake of the vampire race. Can a forbidden relationship put in jeopardy her noble quest? Is this the beginning of a new era, and an entirely different war?Written by
The film seems to have been conceived (in part) as a modern update on the old Universal Horror films of the 1930s and 1940s. So instead of black velvet evening gowns and spooky organs, it featured a whole cast of characters in Matrix-inspired black latex trench coats, and its soundtrack prominently featured Evanescence's Amy Lee just as she was becoming a goth icon. It still maintains a pretty loyal cult following (there's a reason it spawned four sequels, after all), but most of what made it seem "modern" in 2003 now makes it seem nearly as dated as the old-fashioned horror films that it was updating. See more »
(at around 38 mins) When Selene is practising shooting into the statue head, she is using a H&K USP Pistol. This switches to the H&K USP Match pistol for a few shots, then back to the first USP Pistol. Then the slide locks back like it's empty and there's a quick edit and she keeps firing until she finally runs out and the slide locks back again. See more »
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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The "Unrated Extended Cut" contains 12 minutes of additional footage and 11 minutes of replacement footage. See more »
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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