Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile.
While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.
Paul W.S. Anderson
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
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 »
In the forest scene, Selene is fighting with a guard and when she knocks him down, she runs off camera. The next guard she fights is the same guard but he has different weapons. See more »
To start off, let me say that I'm a very big fan of the original. I think it did everything right; having a nice Gothic overtone, great characters, an original, intriguing and in-depth plot, fun action and an overall script that never once felt dull. Oh, and of course...it had Kate Beckinsale in tight leather, hehehe. Now does this sequel contain all these qualities that made the original so good? Personally, I'd have to say no, I don't think it did. Was the movie necessarily bad? Also no. It was highly entertaining but not that good of a movie overall.
STORYLINE: The story in this film was no where near as good or developed as the original. As it starts off with a war scene in the past, I found myself really enjoying it. We find out a little about the Corvinus family and the origins or Marcus, who was the very first vampire, and his brother, who was the very first Lycan. But after we witness these scenes and learn these few minor plot details, the story development pretty much comes to a dead stop. Honestly, nothing really happens in this movie. It's all just action and really nothing more.
CHARACTERS: The lead characters were good. Selene and Michael didn't exactly have any development but that's okay because they were developed enough in the first film. But what was slightly developed was their romance, which the first film seemed to be lacking. We really got to feel the connection between them and how much they really cared for each other. And it was great to see Michael show off his new hybrid abilities and kick some booty along the way. He was a lot cooler in this film than in the original. The new vampire leader, Marcus, was also pretty damn cool. He had a very sinister appearance, especially with the devil-like wings, and didn't seem to have any sympathy at all as he brutally disposed of anyone who got in his way. In the original, we had Lucian, who was a well developed bad-guy character and I actually found myself caring for him. Marcus, on the other hand, didn't strike a cord with me at all. He looked cool, sure, but besides that, he had absolutely nothing going for him and I really didn't care what happened to him. All the other characters in this film were also very undeveloped as well. We really knew nothing of them and as a result, felt unsure whether we should like them or hate them. So that's a major issue.
ACTION: The action, most the time, was very enjoyable. And I stress MOST of the time, not ALL of the time. There was some really fun action and fight sequences and a nice amount of blood and gore thrown into the mix. So it definitely does manage to entertain the action buffs. But then, at times, the action began to feel annoying as it got extremely repetitive. It was like they just kept replaying the same action scene over and over and just tweaked it a little in order to pass it off as a different scene. This was a problem because the whole movie seemed to base itself on action, rather than story, and the action wasn't even all that good.
ATMOSPHERE: Another good thing about this movie would have to be the scenery. Yeah, I know that's not really important in the movie, but it really did help with the overall experience. There were beautiful mountain landscapes, snowy woods, old style castles in ruins and gorgeous red colored twilight skies. So I think it actually helped a lot in setting the atmosphere and gets points for great eye candy.
OVERALL: The first film was an action-horror movie with a great original storyline. This sequel, on the other hand, felt more like a series of left over action scenes that were taken out of the first film. I think watching the two films back to back will make a great overall experience. But as a stand-alone, it doesn't quite work. It's fun for sure, but that's about it. It's not even remotely close to being as good or better than the original in any way.
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