Directed by: MÃ¥nsÂ MÃ¥rlind and Bjorn Stein
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Easley
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5
Kate Beckinsale kicks butt as death dealer Selene in the fourth instalment of the Underworld franchise; Underworld: Awakening. The return of the leather clad, gun welding Vampire on 3D film is probably the most entertaining in the series yet.
If you believe Underworld mythology, arch enemies Vampires and Lycans (which are for better or worse werewolves) have been viciously battling it out under human noises for centuries. But now civilisation has discovered their existence and Awakening kicks off with a mass purge, cities declaring martial law as they try to eradicate the waring un-dead.
Captured trying to save her lover Michael from extermination, Selene wakes up twelve years later, having been cryogenically frozen by medical research institute Antigen (run by new baddie Stephen Rea) as they work on developing a vaccine. Breaking free, Selene tries to find Michael but instead discovers a young Vampire- Lycan hybrid (India Easley) who claims that Selene is her mother.
Fans will notice that Scott Speedman doesn\’t return the flesh out his role as Michael. Instead Selene finds help in human detective Michael Ealy, and Theo James, who plays a member of a small Vampire clan that has managed to survive the cleansing.
Underworld: Awakening isn\’t exactly heavy on plot. Really it\’s just an excuse for eighty-eight minutes of fight scenes. But, what impressive fight scenes they are.
Inventive choreography combined with impressive CGI make for jaw dropping action, especially when it’s playing out in a 3D cinema. It\’s spectacular battle after spectacular battle, and the last thingÂ MÃ¥rlind and Stein give you is a moment to stop and breathe. The explosions are bigger and better then ever, and the bloodlust just as potent. Vampires are never going to sparkle in the sunlight in this dark fandom.
And fans of this darker breed can rest easy. The story is left wide open for a fifth film, and Beckinsale has hinted at the possibility of reprising the role of Selene once again during recent interviews.
Possibilities of a follow up can only be compounded by the enduring profitability of the franchise. Underworld: Awakening slaughtered other films at the US box office, taking top spot and over $25 million on opening weekend.
Now to find out how Australian fans will respond.
Underworld: Awakening is in cinemas now
Category: Film & TV