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Kate Beckinsale is back as vampire heroine Selene in the highly anticipated sequel to Underworld. Underworld Evolution continues the saga of war between the aristocratic Death Dealers and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). The film traces the beginnings of the ancient feud between the two tribes as Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire heroine, and her love Michael (Scott Speedman), the lycan hybrid, try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines. The tale of action, intrigue and forbidden love takes them into the battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution. -BD Synopsis- Kate Beckinsale is back as vampire heroine Selene in the highly anticipated sequel to Underworld. As the war between the Death Dealers and the Lycans rages on, Selene (Beckinsale), the vampire warrior, and Michael (Speedman), the werewolf hybrid, work together in an effort to unlock the secrets of their respective bloodlines.
The features of the Underworld: Evolution DVD are pretty similar to the first Underworld DVD. Director Len Wiseman and his technical team combine for a commentary track that discusses how they "cheated" on Kate Beckinsale's action sequences, how they reused backgrounds from the first film to save money, and the difficulty of filming a love scene involving the director's wife. Over an hour of featurettes cover the story and the casting, visual effects (CGI, props, and miniatures), stunts, production design, music, and sound effects. Wiseman also mentions in his commentary that there are more bits and pieces of the story to reveal "if an extended edition [comes] out." Considering Underworld was released four times on DVD, another release of Underworld: Evolution would seem to be almost a foregone conclusion. --David Horiuchi
- "The Hybrid Theory" visual effects featurette
- "The War Rages On" stunts featurette
- "Bloodlines: From Script to Screen" making-of featurette
- "Making Monsters Roar" creature featurette
- "Building a Saga" production design featurette
- "Music and Mayhem" music and sound design featurette
- Music video: "Her Portrait in Black" by Atreyu
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Makes a lot more sense after seeing the Prequel.
The forceful female main character is about as hard to care about here as in the first film.
The action sequences were wonderful! Beautifully choreographed battle segments, conflicts, and chases were peppered throughout the work lending a realism to the gothic atmosphere and "horror" subject matter, which it would otherwise have lacked.
The story line was twisty with uncomplicated sub-plots whereas not to interfere with the flow of the action. The story maintained a good flow, while not pandering to those who had not seen the first movie. An intelligent decision if you don't want your core audience to bore with your successive endeavors.
I hate to pick it apart like this because I DID enjoy this work immensely....But the prequel sequence was the biggest disappointment for me in that it was far too short and was not filmed epically. I anticipated an almost Jacksonesque treatment of the prequel sequencing due to the rather serious hype those sequences experienced. I had also hoped for more of the characters of Amelia and Lucien than was present, and for a "bigger" filming. And lastly, I must say that I am not One who enjoys gratuitous sex in horror movies. Nor do I enjoy them in action movies..comedies..dramas..well, you get the picture. I don't mind them if they contribute to the story, but just for the sake of slipping in a little gratuitous sex for the fan boys is a major movie turn off for this reviewer. Had that scene exhibited Vampyre/Lycan sex rather than just common human vanilla sexuality, I may have been more intrigued or amused by it. I can only hope a Director's Cut is in the works, and when it expounds on the work, that Beckinsale/Speedman love scene isn't one of the extended scenes..though [judging by the current market] it will probably be THE extended scene.
In spite of the flaws mentioned, the story from the original was expounded upon greatly, carried through with a wonderful darkling flow, and presented as another pearl alongside the original. In this viewer's opinion, this was another feather in Wiseman's cap, and I hope he soon proceeds with the final chapter of the Underworld Trilogy.
If you haven't seen the first Underworld, well, I'd advise that you start there, then watch the third movie before watching this one.
Now, the life-eternal is a continual power struggle between the two groups, also within each group and occurring in an Underworld void of human beings. So, the plot is removed from the usual struggles for humans to end the threat. There are no humans, only hybrids; a perfect mating between vampire and werewolf. Scott Speedman plays such a hybrid.
Kate Beckinsale plays a powerful vampire, almost queen-like. The mystery of her heritage is unlocked in Underworld Evolution, as she and Speedman team to end the treachery.
The two discs represent good entertainment. Costumes and action sequences are very life-like.