New In Theaters Review: Underworld: Awakening

Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene in the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise, after bowing out of the last one. In this one, Selene escapes imprisonment, only to find that the world has drastically changed. Humans have discovered the existence of both Vampires and Lycan, and have waged an all out war to destroy both species in a mass genocide. While she tries to figure out how all of this has come about, she learns that there are still some of her kind in hiding, as well as a new breed of werewolves. With the help of a detective named Sebastian (Michael Ealy), Selene is in a race against time to figure out why the Lycan have started to come out of hiding after all this time. She must also deal with a new discovery that will definitely cause a change in her immortal life.

This story is a far leap from the past storylines, so I had to be extra careful when writing this review. I didn’t want to give away any of the key points of the story, but let me just say, there is a lot of change this time around. Now although the storyline has taken a new direction, change is sometimes a good thing. In this case, it turns out to be true. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the action. This film has fast paced action from the very beginning, all the way till the end. From the first scene, bullets are flying and bodies are dropping. It definitely lived up to the action from the first film in the franchise, and it was good to see Beckinsale back in her tight fitting black leather. Michael Ealy was also good as one of the only humans in the film. There was also a new vampire character added by the name of David (Theo James) who had his fill of great fighting scenes in the film. Plus a new young hybrid Lycan named Eve (India Eisley). To top all of this off, there was the extra large Lycan (as seen in the commercial) which was pretty cool to see.

I have enjoyed all of the previous Underworld films, and I have to say that this one didn’t disappoint me one bit. I gave the film 3 bites out of 4. It was good to see Selene back in the storyline, and I have a strong feeling, we haven’t seen the last of her. The movie runs 1 hour and 28 minutes. It was rated R for strong violence, gore, and for some language. The story was written by John Hlavin, with source material from Len Wiseman. The screenplay was written J. Michael Straczynski , and Allison Burnett, from source material from Danny McBride (II), and Kevin Grevioux. The movie was directed by mans Marlind & Bjorn Stein. It was distributed by Screen Gems.

Everyone has secrets inside of them; some just can’t help letting theirs out – Ezo
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