Movie Review: Underworld: Awakening

Details from IMDB:

R  88 min  -  Action | Fantasy | Horror   -  20 January 2012 (Canada)

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 11,696 users   Metascore: 39/100
Reviews: 114 user | 116 critic | 17 from Metacritic.com

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Initial Thoughts:

I’m a fan of the Underworld movies, I’ve seen all of them (including the dreadful “Rise of the Lycans” prelude) and of course you all know how I feel about vampires Smile. So naturally I had to see this latest instalment and cough up the hefty Imax price.

Main Points:

The movie begins with Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) kicking ass and taking names (like she always does Open-mouthed smile) trying to get to a boat to be with her hybrid lover Michael Corvin. Some determined humans force Michael into the water and when Selene dives it to get him, they are forced apart by some kind of energy grenade.

The movie then flash-forwards 12 years later. The human race has discovered lycans (werewolves) and vampires and are purging them from the world. Selene is woken up in a lab and is none too happy. She fights her way out of the complex in search for Michael (whom she thought has already escaped through visions she receives).

SPOILER ALERT!

Michael did not escape and it is in fact Selene’s daughter (who is also a hybrid) who was kept in the lab and been sending Selene visions. This was a nice twist that comes early on. Later we realize that while humans are out to kill all non-human (lycans & vampires) the people who run the “Anti-Gen” institute are in fact lycans and have been making themselves super-strong/big/tough to wipe out the vampires and control the world. This is fairly obvious once there is a huge attack on a coven of vampires by these suped-up lycans.

I’m not going through the whole plot of the movie since it’s not really important. For a movie like this you watch it (at least for me) for great action, special effects and of course Kate (I’m more into blondes/redheads but she’s an exception Winking smile).

Ultimately Selene gets help from other vampires, her daughter and a sympathizer human to destroy the main lycan and his son who are in charge of the project at Anti-Gen. She also discovers that Michael is not dead (as we’re lead to believe throughout the movie) but was also kept in the lab. The movie clearly leaves room for a sequel and I wouldn’t mind one more Vampire bat.

Final thoughts:

I paid $33 just for two tickets, with snacks it came to a whopping $57. While I like Imax (though it can be rather loud) I still find this overly expensive. Even for a great action movie (which this wasn’t) you can’t help but feel a little ripped off. That aside I enjoyed the movie and some parts truly do show off what Imax 3D can do. There’s no ground-breaking or original ideas on vampires/lycans or anything else but it’s a fun romp and everything I expected it to be. I will say though that some action scenes are very gory, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone under 17 see this.7/10 from me and I recommend it if you’re a fan of the movies and don’t mind paying the high price.Thumbs up

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