Movie review: Underworld - Awakening
I HAVE no clue why film concept owners persist with flogging a dead horse and make a fourth instalment of a series such as Underworld, which should in fact have ended up on the cutting room floor. That is, it should not have gone beyond the first film.
But then the whole shebang, unappetising and gory as it is, has been making money at the box office. That means we might see a fifth film (oh, no!).
In fact, flick fan, you're the reason why the fifth Underworld movie will be shot because you'll view one opening today - Underworld: Awakening - because you're a traitor.
Don't look at me that way; I only watched it so that I could tip you on how unpalatable it is, that's all. Yes, if I had a choice I wouldn't have. Things we do for love! Or is it for money?
You will at least be glad that your favourite girl, Kate Beckinsale, is back as the unlaughing vampire heroine Selene. Yep, she's in those tight leather pants you've adored since the first film.
Those pants are possibly the only reason why the cinema will be full of drooling men. Just pulling your legs. It's been 12 years that she's been kept imprisoned by humans. This, in itself, is not plausible as far as the plot goes: how can human beings successfully capture such as powerful vampire for so long?
Anyway, she escapes (obviously she was going to!) and learns that the humans are attempting to get rid of both the vampires (she's not safe) and the werewolves (the so-called Lycan clan).
The government squires decide to enter the fray, giving the citizens more reasons to panic. But the catch in this Underworld is that Selene must locate a hybrid named Eve (India Eisley).
The latter seems to be the sole ingredient to put an end to the war between humans versus vampires and werewolves.
The lesson you can re-learn (if you manage to withstand to bites and gushing blood) is that humans are the cause of all suffering in the world.
Oh, you're welcome to stare at sexy Beckinsale's leather pants as much as you wish. It's dark in the cinema, so no one will notice. Just to give you something to look forward to, somewhere in the beginning of the film, Selina (Beckinsale) comes out of some tank and quickly jumps into those leather skin-tights. Habba, habba.
It's not a great story, I'm afraid. And it's not my kind of movie in any case. But the cinematography does make up for most of the letdowns. The fight scenes are not too bad and not too great. Jeez, you read until the end? You have a huge liver, I tell you!