Notable Cast: Kate Beckinsale, India Eisley, Theo James, Michael Ealy, Stephen Rea, Charles Dance
If one is up to date on the Underworld franchise and how it works, then Underworld: Awakening is going to certainly strike that special spot for those looking for sleek action packed vampire/werewolf throw downs. If you are not familiar with the style of the films (catch up with our reviews for Underworld, Evolution, and Rise Of The Lycans), then let the eye rolling commence. This fourth entry is easily the weakest in its writing (which is saying quite a bit) with little added to the characters and less added to the mythos of the franchise. It also happens to be the most exciting, instead focusing on creating dynamic action set pieces and setting up a new era for our vampire heroin to kick ass in. It's a trade off that makes for a weak entry, but one that entertains the shit out of you anyway.
Selene (Beckinsale) has been witness to a turning of the tides. After the upheaval in the vampire ranks and thwarting a world ending collaboration between the two founding brothers behind the monstrous races, humans have finally discovered their existence and look to purge the world of these creatures. After being captured and held for a dozen years, Selene awakens in a different world. One where vampires and Lycans still duke it out, but in the wake of the human's fear. She is freed by the mysterious Subject 2 (Eisley) and looks to figure out why her connection with this escaped subject seems so close.
|Killing innocent people...in style.|
|If you know that only UV and silver bullets kill these creatures, why did you give this guy a flamethrower? By himself nonetheless. You're just asking for him to get slaughtered.|
|I'll huff... and I'll puff... because I'm super wolfie!|
Awakening is simply a mixed effort. Yes, it's more than enjoyable with its massive action pieces and less gothic designs, but it lacks any kind of story or characters to really make us care about what's going on. It's disappointing that this film doesn't add to the mythos, but take what you can get and enjoy it for what it is: two crazy monsters tearing things apart.
Written By Matt Reifschneider