Vampires and werewolves have hit our screens, but not the overly emotional gelled haired teens we all know and hate with every fibre of our beings, no, these characters are darker and aren't afraid of ripping someone's head off their shoulders. I'm of course talking about the 4th installation of 'Underworld' and this time it's in 3D.
The story continues from the second 'Underworld' movie (the third being a prequel to the lot) where Selene (Kate Beckinsale) Awakens in a lab to a world where the Humans have purged most of the Vampire and Lycan clans, Michael, her hybrid lover no where to be seen and a little girl with an interesting past.
The story is a little predictive, except for a few minor twists that get you remembering what actually happened in the last films. The film left me feeling like there was something missing in the story, one would have thought that if the humans were exterminating both clans, the two races would have put there differences aside and joined forces...but maybe that's being set up for the next film as it has clearly been left open for one.
The direction is ok, nothing special, and the cinematography is the same as the others (dark and blue-ish). One thing the film doesn't shy from is it's intense fight scenes, from the beginning it's blood and gore every-where and when you see a certain hybrid split someone's face open from there eye sockets with there thumbs (which is pretty awesome) you know why they've given it a 18 rating.
There are also a host of new characters including a pretty impressive nemesis worthy of any boss-battle in any game you've played, and when you see this thing it'll get you thinking "WTF?".
'Underworld: Awakening's' story isn't as good as the story in the third film, but it makes up for it in awesome fight scenes and cool Vamp/Lycan killing gadgets. It's not a film you have to think with, merely watch and enjoy.
My only real beef with this film is how skinny Kate Beckinsale is in it. You know its bad when your skinnier than a twelve year old! Put some weight on and you'll look a lot sexier!!
3 1/2 - 5 Stars
By George Kleanthous