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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Kate Beckinsale
Stephen Rea
Michael Ealy
Charles Dance.
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Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein.
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Running Time
88 minutes

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Underworld: Awakening
Catch me if you Lycan


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Plot
Humans have been working to eradicate both vampires and the werewolf Lycans over the decade and a bit since Selene (Beckinsale) went into hybernation. Now she's back in black, and she has work to do.


Review
Underworld: Awakening
The vampires vs werewolves franchise reboots in 3D, with series star Kate Beckinsale (who sat out Part 3) back in the tight black britches/corset ensemble, striding womanfully through dark streets, jumping off tall buildings and firing guns.

Vampire hit woman Selene wakes up after twelve years in baddie scientist Stephen Rea’s deep freeze, to find her longterm love interest missing (presumed held over for Underworld 5), though they now have a superpowered daughter everyone is after. Supernatural beings have been purged by fascist humans, though Charles Dance is a low-wattage Dracula substitute and the big bad is a silver-resistant Hulk-sized werewolf.

Trashy 3D in-your-faceness makes for some jumps, but the plot remains a muddle, Beckinsale’s plummy delivery can’t sell the thudding dialogue and the action/chase/horror scenes are busy rather than exciting.


Verdict
Not a complete disaster, but also not the vampire / werewolf mash we've always wanted.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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Underworld: Awakening

Awakening is short enough for the action to overtake the dialogue, but that doesn't mean that the narrative has to be so muddled. It won't gain any new fans to the franchise, but those that are already aboard the Underworld bandwagon will be satisfied. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 04:38, 24 June 2012 | Report This Post


This movie is perfect for all vamp and lycan fans out there.The third in the Underworld trilogy and by far better than rise of the lycans, personally there wasn't enough fighting with the lycans and could have been longer than it actually is. The first Underworld is better and most of the time the first of a set of movies is usually better than the sequels. I give this movie a 3. ” ... More

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Posted by silence1 at 10:55, 15 June 2012 | Report This Post


This movie is perfect for all vamp and lycan fans out there.The third in the Underworld trilogy and by far better than rise of the lycans, personally there wasn't enough fighting with the lycans and could have been longer than it actually is. The first Underworld is better and most of the time the first of a set of movies is usually better than the sequels. I give this movie a 3. ” ... More

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Posted by silence1 at 10:55, 15 June 2012 | Report This Post


Underworld Awakening Review

Even though it's nice to see Kate Beckinsale back in that tight leather outfit again, Underworld Awakening has more action and less story than the previous installments which makes the whole affair feel inconsequential. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 23:37, 04 March 2012 | Report This Post


No normal version?

Well I'm having to wait for the blu-ray release, because no cinema in Manchester is showing the normal version, only a 3D version which I have no interest in seeing. And for this privilege, they want me to pay more?! Really looking forward to the film though, loved the first three. ... More

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Posted by guitardave at 23:38, 17 February 2012 | Report This Post


They're learning.

I never thought I'd say this after seeing previous entries, but the latest Underworld is actually a pretty good movie...probably the best Vampire movie since Blade II. Although it still has some of the franchises problems, it's managed to shed some as well. For starters the muddled and convoluted pacing of the plot in past entries is gone; the plot's simple enough that it only momentarily takes a small % of viewing time, before dispensing onto the slick and stylistic action. i.e. the entertainme... More

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Posted by dgribble at 18:34, 28 January 2012 | Report This Post


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Posted by Vadersville at 00:39, 27 January 2012 | Report This Post


RE: underworld awakened

Really enjoyed the first two Underworld films. Thought the third was boring and ultimately pointless as we knew the entire story from flashbacks in the first two. This one...well, quite frankly apart from some gory and very slick action was the worst out of the lot. So many glaring continuity issues with the first two films that as someone who was a fan of the franchise I found it really hard to get involved with the story. This film just seemed to shit from a great height over the whole mythos... More

Posted by Vadersville at 00:38, 27 January 2012 | Report This Post


underworld awakened

Usually I agree with what kim newman has to say. However his opinion of this film does not match my own. Granted this is never going to win oscars, but does what many oscar nominated films occasionally fail to do... Entertain. I would recommend this latest installment and it is worth more.than kim's 2 star rating ... More

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Posted by alison2000 at 15:16, 26 January 2012 | Report This Post


Kim Newman 1 Star!

Seriously where do they dig up these film critics? I'm not about to apologise for the fact that Underworld 4 was great action from beginning to end, and for once the 3D was worth the effort and extra cost. It's not going to win any Oscars, but frankly most films that do are usually boring and sycophantic! ... More

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Posted by darkhart at 18:29, 23 January 2012 | Report This Post


Way off

Without knowing anything about it me and a friend went to see it and we thoroughly enjoyed it. My friend Umesh had seen a review which in its opinion the was the best of the franchise so far, which i disagree on but its not the worst and Kim's review dosent do justice. The script is snappy and what we expect from the series, to the point and without padding a little cliched but I wouldnt expect anymore especially from an action/horror film. The plot is straight forward with the twist which I tb... More

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Posted by mrmalal at 20:39, 21 January 2012 | Report This Post


RE: Underworld: Awakening

d it and the hybrid and werewolf fight scenes were amazing, but like the other reviews i've read on this. I agree with the fact it was bad to have micheal in the film with him not being played by scott speedman and by a guy who doesn't look or sound like him except from distance shots and him being in hybrid form. I did enjoy that there were more lycans being the dominant species and the super lycan was bad ass but i did find it funny that kris holden-reid played another werewolf like he did in... More

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