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What is the plot on this one?! Seriously because UNDERWORLD AWAKENING is just straight up action and 3D and VFX, no more no less and I must admit, some of the sequences especially the part of Selene vs. one gigantic lycan, is mildly exciting, much thanks to the 3D, and of course if you’ve come to watch hottie Kate Beckinsale in tight pleather again, you won’t get disappointed, but other than that, this mother protecting daughter story hiding in some kind of ‘new war’ dilemma is a pointless fourth installment..
When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.
By now, nobody could put on skin tights sexier than Beckinsale, UNDERWORLD AWAKENING takes advantage of and practically exploits her body curves, I don’t think there is an angle or a moment where Beckinsale could look like crap. This franchise banks on Beckinsale’s sex appeal. But enough about the eye candy.
In UNDERWORLD AWAKENING, Selene (Beckinsale) wakes up years later and finds that the love of her life no longer exists and that her hybrid offspring has survived. The daughter is played by India Eisley and whenever she turns angry, she changes into something that, at least in my opinion, resembles a demon-possessed girl, she looks like she could be in one of the Paranormal Activity movies.
And without spoiling much, the end suggests that there would be an eventual family reunion, all the while, you have a human cop who sympathizes with the vampires and a young vampire dude whose first instinct is always war. Speaking of which, after 2 movies and 1 prequel (Rise Of The Lycans), in which Lycans and Vampires wage war against each other and humans had no idea that that was ever happening, UNDERWORLD AWAKENING decides to include humans in the equation, calling it the new war. It starts out suggesting that it’s humans vs. vampires vs lycans.. but the movie’s twist turns the table back to vampires vs. lycans all over again, so there’s nothing really new about this war. It’s just an excuse to have Selene fight a gigantic lycan (think werewolf, the size of the incredible hulk)
Some 3D movies out there are designed in a way that the 3D is built around the plot and the characters. UNDERWORLD AWAKENING on the other hand constructs the 3D action and then builds an uninspired plot around it. To some, this could be entertaining because you watch these types of movies not expecting to think much of it anyway, to others, this could be a turn off.
GRADE: 2 out of 5
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