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FTN Reviews Underworld: Awakening

January 23rd, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Underworld Awakening (15)
Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and India Eisley
Running time: 88mins

Underworld Awakening has more action and less story than previous Underworld instalments but if you’re prepared you can walk in knowing what you’re going to get; Kate kicking butt, running super fast, jumping, talking British and looking great doing it.

Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Selene is badass. Period. I love this character and Kate sells it with gusto. I’d like to spend a day jumping off my stairs just so I can land as she does: knees bent, head down and smacking the floor with one hand. She’s black spandex and spunky sass all wrapped into one, but my love for Selene aside the movie as a whole falls short on the storyline mark.

Awakening is different from the other films, taking a far more action-based approach. You get a ton of over the top sound effects mixed in with all the hand swooshing ones heart could desire. There’s CGI overuse to be sure but it’s done well enough to still be enjoyable: speeding car chases and crashes through city streets in combination with leaping from the highest buildings with ease. The action sequences are over the top but I suppose meant to be that way.

Ultimately it’s a slaughter fest with little realistic emotional responses from the characters. More depth would have done this film wonders including dialog that mattered between characters and a chance to get to know the new youngest actress instead of her running around acting like an animal for the majority of the film. Then she suddenly is in the middle of an emo sad moment and cutting herself. Say wha?Character depth was sorrily missed and led the way for yet again more gore. Go blood and guts! I can personally handle just about anything on the guts factor but eyeball poking or prodding just freaks me out! So be prepared to close your peepers…or watch your choice. *gags*

For those that love vampires minus the sparkle and werewolves who keep shirts on (boo to both!) then you’ll enjoy the hard edge of this film. It’s action packed and popcorn fun if you take it for what it is. Purposefully left open and unfulfilling at the ending leaving one to believe the masterminds behind this franchise will try and squeeze every penny out that they can.

If you liked the first and third films you’ll enjoy this edition to the franchise.

3 out of 5 nerds
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….