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Underworld

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Screen Gems (Sony), 2003, Rated R, 2 hr. 1 min.

For centuries, vampires and Lycans (werewolves) have been at war in the Underworld.  Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a powerful vampire Death Dealer, one who hunts and kills Lycans.  Selene senses something is brewing with the Lycans when on a hunt she realizes the Lycans are after a human named Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman).  Selene goes after Michael to unravel the mystery of why the Lycans are hunting him.  Turns out that the Lycans, long on the losing side of the vampire/Lycan battle, need Michael in order to create a hybrid vampire/Lycan who would have the strength and powers of both species and the weaknesses of neither, tilting the battle scale in favor of the Lycans.  

I had trouble determining whether I liked this movie or not, and then I realized why I was so indecisive: The movie is more like one fight scene after another stung together with a smidgen of plot.  So while it held my attention because of the battle scenes and music, I really didn't have a lot to sink my teeth into (pardon the pun).

  The problem is that instead of building the plot to its climax, there are too many unanswered questions that need to be answered more quickly instead of hitting the viewer with it all at the end.  Instead of serving to build suspense and tension, the plot delay just served to confuse.  The beginning was a little chaotic and I didn't know who was good or bad, where they were going, or what they were doing.  And again, this was just confusing, not suspenseful. 

Having said that, I must admit I'm a sucker for a good battle scene and this movie was chock full of 'em. The cinematography, thundering sound of gunfire, and and the pulsating music were quite impressive.  It reminded me of The Matrix with its slow-motion action scenes, tight leather outfits, and flowing leather trench coats.  And just like in The Matrix, all the bad guys need to spend more time on the shooting range because they can't hit the broad side of a horse from six feet away.

I was equally impressed with the way Beckinsale reinvented herself in this movie.  Having only seen her in Pearl Harbor, I was captivated by her performance as a tough and sexy vampire warrior.  She played her action scenes to perfection, but there wasn't a lot of lines for her to memorize!

The make-up and special effects were also very well-done.  I would have like to have seen more of the scenes of transformation of the Lycans into werewolves, as the make-up and special effects were exceptional in turning a normal looking person into a werewolf.

As the leader of the vampires, Viktor (Bill Nighy) needed some work.  When he first awakens, he has this strange Texan accent that fades in and out during the movie.  It was not fitting with his character and was rather baffling.  He also did this weird facial tick/snort thing that just didn't work. 

I can't really comment on the acting of the others in the movie, because there really wasn't enough acting to comment on.  But they fought very well!

All in all, I would recommend this movie if you're looking for a little action (again, no pun intended) and not substance.

Selene (Beckinsale)
Selene (Beckinsale) 

Mighty Viktor (Nighy)
Mighty Viktor (Nighy)

Selene (Beckinsale) greets Michael (Speedman)
 Selene (Beckinsale) greets Michael (Speedman)

Selene (Beckinsale) ready for action
Selene (Beckinsale) ready for action

Selene (Beckinsale) confronts Viktor (Nighy)
Selene (Beckinsale) confronts Viktor (Nighy)

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

Screen Gems (Sony)

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

121 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Kate Beckinsale

Selene

Scott Speedman

Michael Corvin

Michael Sheen

Lucian

Shane Brolly

Kraven

Bill Nighy

Viktor

Erwin Leder 

Singe

Sophia Myles

Erika

Robbie Gee

Kahn

 

CREW

Len Wiseman

Director

Tony Pierce-Roberts

Cinematographer

Richard Wright

Producer

Tom Rosenberg

Producer

Gary Lucchesi

Producer

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/underworld/

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 9/26/2003

 
   

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