If you're reading this review, I take it you're actually interested in the fifth installment of an action-horror vampire/werewolf franchise; so, let's make that leap and go a little beyond pointing fingers at the (supposed) lack of 'originality' or 'depth' of the script, right? Okay. Taking the movie as it is, its main purpose (entertainment) and audience in mind, I can *definitely* say that it delivers: way better than the last one (Underworld Awakening), Blood Wars is never boring, extremely fast-paced and the Selene we have here is less robotic and much more developed than we've seen her before. Also, and quite surprisingly, it expands the story's universe a bit, both creating a radically different vampire coven (in tone and aesthetic), while also revisiting the medieval eastern-european kind we had previously been introduced to in the original 2003 movie. By the end of Blood Wars, I guess fans will be pleased to see that if this is the end for Underworld, then there's a vague sense of closure that there hadn't been before (as much closure as it is possible with immortal creatures amidst a war), but if it's not the end, then it's evident that there's still plenty of life left for the franchise.
P.S. Wonderful to see how invested Kate Beckinsale is in her character after all these movies. It really makes all the difference.
When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought to myself, "hooky and unimaginative, I'll wait till it's free." $0.99 however, is a bit more palatable then 5.99 for something you have little faith in delivering enjoyable entertainment. The story was not hooky or unimaginative. Beckinsale played her part very well, she gave Selene a fullness that she was lacking slightly in the previous instalments. The Action sequences were a bit heavy handed, but there were some that were tasteful, and a few were pretty hard core even for Selene. The story line while a little predictable in the beginning, rounds out pretty well in the end. They finish the movie with a renewed momentum, and have opened up some pretty interesting possibilities.
This was not the strongest of these movies. It really felt like they only had two or three sets and a giant green screen to make the film with; seemed very low budget compared to the first two. They wrote out Michael completely. Beckinsale is great as always but it may be time to let this franchise go. Its like they're trying to recapture a plot that was resolved two movies ago. What happened tot he "humans know about us now" story?
Nicely done but unless you've followed the series, could be confusing. It feels more like an HBO or Nexflix series, where you need to understand the background. It's also clear that it was written to not tie everything up at the end. Whether our favorite latex-clad Death Dealer returns almost does not matter (as much as I like the character) , as the story clearly set the stage for the next generation to take over.
I have seen the first two Underworld movies and this one did not disappoint - Kate Beckinsale hasn't aged a day but than again Vampires don't age :) If you are into Vampires and Kate playing Selene - this movie is for you.
I have to be honest I am kind of disappointed Scott Speedman wasn't in this movie either. I am huge fan of the series and hated the last two movies. They are just bad. The choice to buy the movie is my regret. Only ones who love the series might enjoy the movie, I really don't know because I love the series and disliked this movie.
thank god I rented this on prime day. 99 cents was worth it but the writing was so bad it felt like a B film. action was great, fight scenes were lacking anything accurate. talked about the daughter like 50 times yet saw like 4 glimpses of her with no lines. I struggled to stay awake. gave it two stars because at least it was better than twilight.