UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING is the fourth installment in the Vampires versus Lycans franchise.  This movie heads back to the present and also brings back Selene (Kate Beckinsale) in her black, skin-tight death dealer costume.  In this movie, she’s captured by a mysterious group working for the government who are doing experiments. Many years pass and she is awakened and escapes and is now on the run while she searches for Michael and some answers.

This new chapter finds both, Vampires and Lycans hunted by humans in a new kind of war. The humans are out to eradicate both species and are taking no prisoners. These experiments that are being conducted introduces us to a new, much larger species of “something” that is nearly unstoppable.

Selene teams up with a few new allies and they take on the government, it’s agency and the oversized monster running lose. Selene also makes a huge discovery that changes everything in the Underworld universe, especially for she and Michael.

Ok, first off, this move packs as much or more action than any of its predecessors. The story is pretty simple as it  puts the heroine and her new friends on the run and fighting evil as the movie plays along. Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein take over the directing duties from Len Wiseman (parts 1 and 2)  who co-wrote the screenplay with John Hlavin.  The duo does a great job directing the movie with awesome camera shots and angles and  the camera also gives the movie a gothic atmospheric feeling. The sets are really cool along with the awesome special F/X and gadgets that fans expect to see in an Underworld movie. It’s even amped up a notch this time with the blood and gore, oh yeah we get plenty!  The movie has a great supporting cast that includes Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James and India Eisley who’s character Eve becomes an important addition to the Underworld mythology.  Most of the acting is great and you watch Beckinsale bring Selene to life once again but this time she’s in a totally different situation and environment that even brings out a little of her compassionate “almost human” side. Don’t get me wrong, she doesn’t hesitate ripping someone’s throat out if she has to.

There’s one thing that I didn’t really like in the movie.  There is an important part missing, being Scott Speedman‘s character Michael but maybe we’ll see him again in the next installment because the war isn’t over yet!  Don’t get me wrong, Kate Beckinsale can carry a movie but these two have become pretty much a team and they still have a story that needs to be told and I really want to see that!

Bottom line is this Underworld: Awakening [Blu-ray] is a really fun watch with nonstop action and awesome F/X.  The movie isn’t the best of the series but fans of the Underworld franchise should enjoy it. I definitely recommend it!

Studio:  Screen Gems

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good stuff!

  • Fimlmaker’s Commentary
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (“Selene Rises”, “Casting the Future of Underworld”, “Resuming the Action”, “Building a Better Lycan”, “Awakening a Franchise, Building a Brutal New World”)
  • Blooper reel
  • “Heavy Prey” Music Video by Lacey Sturm feat. Geno Lenardo.




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