10 minutes of plot. Maybe, 10 minutes of light emotional content. 70 minutes of blood, fangs, fur and decapitations!! SWEET! Sometimes you want mindless fun and Underworld delivers that in spades! You should know already that I love vampires and monsters–so when you mix badass Lycans (Werewolves) and some serious Death Dealers (vampires that kill Lycans)–I am in gory, brainless action-packed heaven!
Before we went to the cinema to watch the latest installment–Underworld Awakening–we decided a marathon was in order. It was a good idea for me because I have only seen each movie once–at the time of release–so it was a refresher course on the mythology that Len Wiseman has created and that is the strongest aspect of these movies. The background story is solid and they are very consistent with all the details and you have to respect that in a genre that usually doesn’t care about those things.
My favorite is number 3–Underworld Rise of the Lycans. This one, to me, has the best story. It is a prequel and features my 2 favorite characters–Lucian (Michael Sheen) and Viktor(Bill Nighy)–played by two incredible actors (obviously getting a paycheck and having a blast). The rest is pretty much a showcase for cool effects, prosthetics (which is a dying art) and bloody deaths and there is nothing wrong with that.
And that leads me to what else I like about the Underworld universe–it makes no excuses for what it is–if you want high brow, intelligent film watching–THIS is not for you! But if you want to spend 90 minutes in an adrenaline rushed atmosphere where Kate Beckinsdale is running around in a tight, shiny black outfit and kicking all sorts of ass! Leave your brain at the door–grab some popcorn–and enjoy the ride!! Bring on Underworld 5!