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Underworld (2003)

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Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

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Len Wiseman

Writers:

Kevin Grevioux (story), Len Wiseman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Selene
Scott Speedman ... Michael
Michael Sheen ... Lucian
Shane Brolly ... Kraven
Bill Nighy ... Viktor
Erwin Leder ... Singe
Sophia Myles ... Erika
Robbie Gee ... Kahn (as Robby Gee)
Wentworth Miller ... Dr. Adam
Kevin Grevioux ... Raze
Zita Görög ... Amelia
Dennis J. Kozeluh ... Dignitary (as Dennis Kozeluh)
Scott McElroy ... Soren
Todd Schneider Todd Schneider ... Trix
Sándor Bolla ... Rigel
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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This Fall, when the battle begins, which side will you choose? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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At the time of the first film, Kate Beckinsale had been mostly doing period pieces and playing lovely girls. She took the role to shake the image a little. The success of this and Van Helsing turned her into an Action Girl in the 2000s. 2016's Love & Friendship is a return to her period roots. See more »

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(at around 26 mins) The Beretta 93 series is chambered for the 9mm Parabellum and a double-stack magazine can hold 21 cartridges. In the hallway scene, Selene nearly empties both magazines. Yet, without obviously reloading or reasonable time to do so, Selene empties the equivalent of another magazine from each gun into the floor. 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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The Lakeshore Entertainment logo is shaded blood red. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original release of the movie, Jázmin Dammak played the part of Sonja, Viktor's daughter, in the flashback scenes, however after the release of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, a version is available (most notably on U.S. Netflix) where scenes with Rhona Mitra were inserted in place of the original scenes. See more »

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Featured in Fang vs. Fiction (2003) See more »

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Awakening
Written by Richard Patrick, Wes Borland, Danny Lohner
Performed by The Damning Well
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3 November 2005 | by possiblegodSee all my reviews

Everything you've heard from the critics, everything you know about vampires and werewolves, everything that is standard in most fantasy/action films. Then you'll enjoy this film. I, unlike a lot of fans, will not claim that this is a move masterpiece, I will not claim that this will change movie making history. I, however, will go against the critics and say that this is a good film. Not getting a chance to see this in the cinema, when it came out on video I rented it out immediately. Now, at first, I could see what the critics meant it wasn't how the trailers depicted it and the script and acting in places was a bit rusty. I put it back and gave no more thought to it. However I soon found myself thinking about the film and the bits I'd enjoyed. I soon realised that this was good because it wasn't conventional and I couldn't stop thinking about it. There had been so many plot twists, so much to take in that I knew I had to see it a second time. This time I bought it, on DVD, and I found myself watching it again and again. This film gives you wonderful villains and just when you start to hate them something nastier comes along or they give you a motive which makes you confused. In one film the world which you are presented with at the beginning, Lycans (Werewolves) vrs. Vampires, is thrown into doubt. There are no longer good and evil, it is no longer this side versus this side and our hero Selene is stuck in the middle. The thing is every villain in this film seems to be fully justifiable in their actions yet completely nasty. I was trying, after falling in love with this film, to work out where it went wrong. I realised there was too much. You are thrown into this world and you have to keep up, there is no chance to sit down and work things out. That comes after seeing the film, this world explains itself through the characters actions. It is as if this world is real and we are meant to know about it already. Their is a history, their is a false history, their are legendary characters and not all of it is gone into in particular detail. Pieces of the world's history are just thrown in by the characters, as they would be in real life, with no long detailed explanation. That mixed with the cliff hanger ending, the promise of more characters from the past. MEans that even if you weren't sure about this film, the sequel Underworld: Evolution looks like it will be amazing.


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USA | UK | Germany | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,753,759, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$51,970,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,708,457
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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