Saturday, January 28, 2012

01-21-12: Vampires, Lycans and Leather. Oh my!

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING (2012) (R) 88 minutes. *** D: Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein. Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, India Eisley, Charles Dance.

After twelve years in a cryogenic freeze, Selene awakens to a new world where Lycans and Vampires are being hunted to extinction by humans. While attempting to uncover who put her in a deep freeze, she encounters a little girl who may hold the key to past and the future.

Kate Beckinsale returns to the franchise she started. More or less picking up where the second one left off, the third film was a prequel, the franchise is taken in a different direction that easily serves as a springboard for a new series of films.

The latest entry doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's not even necessary to have seen the previous films, this one begins with a brief recap of previous events. If you're a fan of the series, which I am, it gives you what you want and with Beckinsale back you'll get it in spades. It doesn't really expand on the mythos of lycans and vampires but establishes new storylines that will help continue the series.

Beckinsale is in fine form as Selene. Unfortunately, she spends more time fighting CGI werewolves. The CGI effects are good for the most part. The fight scenes are probably more on par with some of the fights in the "Resident Evil" series.

Overall I would say it's the third best in the series ahead of "Evolution" and behind "Rise of the Lycans." This one ends with a cliffhanger so hopefully there will be another one.

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