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
This movie continues the saga of war between the vampires and the lycans. This movie 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 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 have proper sound mixing, and which was said to be over two hours long, the sex scene between Michael and Selene was longer, and it included more nudity from Kate Beckinsale. The scene also included a part where right after Selene has an 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 the 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 her and Scott Speedman being fully nude, which is why it required some big cuts during later editing. 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, a 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 proper, 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 this movie), one or two single frame shots can be seen which show a bit more nudity from Selene and her starting to get on top of Michael. These shots were part of the original sex scene, and were accidentally left in during editing.
Director Len Wiseman said in the commentary for the theatrical cut of the movie recorded in 2006 how there were some scenes that were deleted from the movie and how there might be an extended version of this movie released sometime after the DVD release, just like the first movie 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 »
(at around 1h 11 mins) After Michael is impaled, Selene walks into Alexander's office with blue eyes. When she is walking up the stairs, there is a far shot of her, and her eyes are brown. When the camera shows her up close again, her eyes are blue. However, the vampires' eye-colors change throughout the movies. They are often brown (natural eye-colors of the actors/actresses), but change to blue when the intensity of a situation increases. For example, Selene's eyes change from brown to blue during her fight/searching sequences in both movies, as well as her sex-scene in this film. Kraven's eyes exhibit the same behavior in this film and in the first one also. See more »
Original workprint of the film had much longer and more graphic sex scene between Michael and Selene, which included more nudity from Kate Beckinsale. Blink-and-you-miss- it shot of her butt and other extra shots from the original scene are still in the film and can be seen during part when Marcus drinks Selene's blood if the scene is slowed down. See more »
This movie will satisfy its target audience, guaranteed
Let's face it. If you're going to see this movie, you probably enjoyed the original and are looking for more. You want high doses of fight scenes, vampire and lycan lore, blood, violence, and Kate Beckinsale wearing leather or less. In short, this movie delivers all of the above in great excess, so if you liked Underworld, you're going to like Underworld: Evolution as much or more.
On the other hand, if you don't like blood, violence, action, mythology, or using a sword in a world full of guns, this movie is not for you, and it's NOT MEANT to be for you, so don't complain about it.
This movie surpasses the original as far as story development. We learn a good bit about each character's past, which helps justify all the extreme violence they engage themselves in. We're also introduced to some new characters and plot lines that add interest and new twists, rather than just rehashing all the familiar faces from Underworld.
This movie fails to get a 10 rating from me for the following reasons:
1) Not quite enough "stuff" to fill the time. Too many shots of Kate Beckinsale "looking intense". The movie could have been 10 minutes shorter if the number of these shots had been reduced from seemingly infinite down to 10 or so. Minor problem.
2) A few glaring continuity errors.
3) Too many flashback/explanation shots from the original Underworld. I suppose this is necessary so as not to alienate viewers who didn't see the original or who forgot it. However, this movie is obviously targeted to people who liked the original and want more, so give us a quick refresher and then hit us with new stuff. No need to keep providing Cliff's notes throughout the movie. Make us think a little!
4) There wasn't a standout power move comparable to the spinning/shooting through the floor in the original Underworld. Let's face it, half the people that went to that movie did so because that shot was in the trailer. This movie had lots of power moves, but none that stood out as the winner.
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