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3D - KATE BECKINSALE returns as the ultimate vampire warrioress Selene in Underworld: Awakening, the stunning new installment of the epic saga for the first time in 3D. Having escaped years of imprisonment, she finds herself in a changed world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Now Selene must battle the humans and a frightening new breed of super Lycans to ensure the death dealers’ survival. Regular - KATE BECKINSALE returns as the ultimate vampire warrioress Selene in Underworld: Awakening, the stunning new installment of the epic saga. Having escaped years of imprisonment, she finds herself in a changed world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Now Selene must battle the humans and a frightening new breed of super Lycans to ensure the death dealers’ survival.
Kate Beckinsale returns to death-dealing in the fourth installment of the Underworld saga (she took a break for Part Three, the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans prequel). Still clad in black-leather Goth gear, still capable of absorbing an enormous amount of punishment, Beckinsale's vampiric avenger Selene gets put on ice (literally) as Underworld: Awakening begins, and thaws out 12 years later in her customary foul mood. The scruffy survivors--vampire and werewolf alike--of a societal "cleansing" are still at odds, and a young girl holds the key to… oh, the future of mankind, or whatever. Say this for the feeble plot of this movie: at least it's not insanely complicated with centuries of history. How can it be, with a running time that (accounting for 10 minutes of end credits) lasts about 77 minutes? That's plenty of time for super-slick Swedish directors Mårlind & Stein to stage a nonstop series of fighting scenes, each as meaningless as the last, although one can't deny the effort put in to making lycans disintegrate or creating showers of silver dust. In supporting roles, Stephen Rea and Charles Dance look sheepish about collecting their paychecks. The idea of Selene experiencing feelings is raised, even if Beckinsale mostly goes the robotic route; if you can prove her performance wasn't computer-generated, you deserve some kind of prize. --Robert Horton
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Whilst obviously kate B has dialogue, as the movie goes on she spends more and more time just standing there looking immensely puzzled with her mouth open and lips pursed. Theres lots of action but it just doesn't seem to lead to much except to see Selene twisting and jumping and strutting in her skin tight leathers. There is a quick insert of a new coven and elder/ Victor lookalike Charles Dance which could have gone somewhere but was more like something to add filler - Dances character was on screen briefly and was a shadow of what we have come to expect the elders to be like.
Yes Selene can now walk around in daylight - a thumbs down for those of us that enjoy the more traditional vampires that the previous 3 films had bought us.
Overall, its not that its bad but simply that its empty, Selene is a shadow of her former self, and I wonder how much better this film could have been had Len Wiseman come back to direct. Yeah ill gladly watch it again, as I said im a real Underworld fan, but that's the reason I will watch it not because its a fantastic piece of work.
A plot involving human attacks on Vampires and Lycans which ... completely vanishes by the end of the movie!
That's right -- by the end of the film the /entire basis of the plot/ has been forgotten.
Instead, it turns out that the "humans" are really Lycans -- some of them incredibly large.
Oh, and our protagonists from the first two films now have a daughter.
Still, I suppose this is one way of dealing with needing a new cast because of the time between films while keeping the protagonist as young as ever.
Personally, I would have liked to see a better continuation of the previous stories, but the didn't do that. It may have been because the could budget the Michael character into this movie much. I still did enjoy the movie and recommend it to any fan of the previous ones.
+More violence than previous films in the series
-Poor 3D use through much of the movie
-Not really a continued story line
The Bluray quality is excellent! There are rich blacks which is important since most of the film has night time scenes. There isn't any noticeable grain. I was not able to watch it with full surround sound as I can't crank up the volume where I live.
I hope they never make a reboot of this franchise though because it was already done right and I can't imagine anyone else playing Selene! Who knows what studios will do though 10 to 15 years from now.