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Underworld Awakening 3D Movie Review
Released in 2012
After being woken from a cryo sleep, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is thrust in to an unfamiliar world where humans have discovered the existence of Vampires and Lycans and are systematically eradicating both species.
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OK, for any of you who are unfamiliar to this franchise, a quick Underworld 101! The main character is Selene, a Vampire, who is a Death Dealer, a specialist Werewolf assassin. Selene is about 600 years old, and was human by birth, turned by a Vampire elder when her village was over run by Lycans. After defending the Vampire covens for centuries, she discovers she has been lied to by the Elders and she turns her skills on them instead. She meets a man called Michael Corvin, a human who is being hunted by the Lycans. Michael turns out to be the last living descendant of the Corvinus family who were the pregenators of both the Vampire and Lycan species. Michael is bitten by a Lycan called Lucian and becomes the first Hybrid, a very powerful new species.
Selene herself becomes a more powerful Vampire when she takes the blood of Alexander Corvinus. Corvinus was the first immortal and father of the first Vampire, Markus and his twin brother William, who became a Lycan. Alexander's blood gives Selene the ability to withstand sunlight.
After discovering that Lycans and Vampires do exist, the authorities decide that in the interest of public safety they must eliminate both species. They are hunted with silver and UV weapons and pushed to the edge of extinction, this is called The Purge.
Our Heroine has been captured and held in a cryo sleep for 12 years, she is designated Subject 1, but we are also made aware of a Subject 2. After an explosion at the facility she is being held at, Antigen, Selene manages to escape and in the process she puts us clearly in the picture that she is not happy! Everyone in her path is killed, something that we have not seen before, humans are fair game!
Outside the facility she starts seeing images through what it seems are another's eyes. She meets another Vampire, David, who informs her of what has been happening in the world over last 12 years. She is now focused on finding Michael and breaks back in to Antigen, on doing this she finds a young girl who she has a connection to.
Selene and David take the girl back to the his Coven where they are met with hostility and a meeting with a new breed of Lycan! Selene now continues her battle against the Lycans and now the Human race who have now become the enemy too!
First off, the 3D. I still hold that unless a film is animated or is made massively in CGI, it doesn't really work. We are usually treated to weapons being thrown at us or liquid being being sprayed around, it's too much! But in the first 15 minutes of this film there is a lot of action that doesn't 'throw itself at you' in the previously mentioned manner and for me it worked. After this initial frenzy of action it slows down, but the end of the film is more 3D enhanced as well, and again it worked, thumbs up.
The film definitely earns its 18 rating with many a Human, Vampire and Lycan being despatched in various gory manners. It's quite short at 88 minutes and I did feel like I hadn't truly got my moneys worth. The story is simple and apart from Beckinsale the only other 'heavyweight' is Charles Dance who plays the Vampire elder, and he sounds incredibly similar to Bill Nighy who played the Vampire Viktor in the first 2 films, perhaps it's the false teeth?? The only shining light is India Eisley who plays Eve, the young girl who has the connection with Selene. Her performance is really stand out and it would be cool to see her play the same role again, but I think this franchise has run its course. The films slowly deteriorated from 1 to 3, but this one has definitely picked it up. Beckinsale does look incredible in the Death Dealer outfit, and if I was a Lycan, that's the way I would want to go. But I think she should just keep the suit in her wardrobe at home now and only break it out for Hubby's birthday!