Personally I’ve always considered the Underworld series one of the best vampire-werewolf themed movies I’ve ever seen. Right from the first movie, the story has been there, the action and the basic vampire mythology doesn’t get destroyed or childishly romanticized like some recent movies or TV series I decline to mention.
Now comes the fourth movie in the series, Underworld Awakening, with great action but even though I sat through the whole movie, I can’t help but feel like I started in the middle and left before the end. This I attribute to the slight lack of cohesiveness in the story.
[toggle title=”Plot/Production“]Bada** production as usual with enough skill (that was expected), action sequences, and gory happenings to keep you captivated. The plot falls short though and doesn’t seem to hit it for me; as a matter of fact, I believe that if you haven’t seen any of the prequels you might find it pretty difficult to understand some of the happenings.[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Cast“]Selene played by Kate Beckinsale
I know this might generate some argument but in my opinion, Van Helsing and the Underworld series put Kate on the fore-front of baddest female action stars (feel free to have your opinion). On her reprising of the role Selene, she does not disappoint at all even with a daughter in the loop, in fact the additional maternal instinct seems to put her in overdrive; she does all she can and even takes some nasty beatings which makes me give her a lot of kudos for perseverance and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a really fine gal.
Eve played by India Eisley
It seems I see a lot of actors in movies for the first time these days, India Eisley being one of them. I was sorely impressed by the first main thing I saw her do in the movie; that Lycan sure did bite the wrong lady.
She plays her role quite OK, transitioning well from lost vulnerable child to fierce hybrid fighter. Not too bad for my first notice.
Detective Sebastian played by Michael Ealy
It’s good to see Michael in another project since I last saw him in The Good Wife and even though he helped connect the dots and was doing his job as a detective, I couldn’t help but wonder if he was just plain foolhardy going in with Selene being the only human in the midst of all ‘em supernatural folks. Congrats to his character for making it out alive.
David played by Theo James
The just had to have a fine looking vampire boy to complement the fine looking vampire girl sha. He comes in all guns blazing feeling like a knight in shining armor and since I’m quite sure vampires don’t have testosterone I’ll attribute his fieriness to vampire youth (just youth seems inappropriate here).
It’s funny that all that fire didn’t stop him from getting killed; well lucky him Selene now has Corvinus blood. Good portrayal on his part and enough action too.
Other notable cast members include, Stephen Rea as Dr Lane, head Lycan doctor at Antigen labs and main antagonist, his son, who deals Selene some serious beating in the course of the movie and, as is the case in most vampire themed movies, the stupid human in the fold Scientist Sandrine Holt.[/toggle]