Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Double Movie Review—Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006)

I review two of my most favorite movies in one of my most favorite film franchises ever, Underworld and Underworld: Evolution.
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I am not sure if this has been brought up before but the story makeup of Underworld at first glance kind of reminded me of the story of Romeo and Juliet. Selene a death dealer and fierce vampire warrior who is often denied being with Michael Corvin because he is a lycan (werewolf in the films). Then this otherworldly and deadly war where these two sides vampires and lycans are trying to kill each other. How can one not? Yet, it should be pointed out that too bad for William Shakespeare the original is not always better. Sometimes it gets surpassed as is the case with Underworld. Underworld, at least, the first film is much like the story of Romeo and Juliet but in a Supernatural/Horror world making it more sexy stylistically. It's wonderful from the reflective narrative voice-overs of Selene played by Kate Beckinsale to the dressware of the high and mighty vampires. 

In Underworld: Evolution. Next after the events of Underworld, we have Selene hoping to bring an end to the pursuit of her and Michael by Marcus, a vampire elder instrumental in Underworld only for Marcus to turn against her out of wanting to free his brother, William. Unfortunately for everyone William could never be released due to his insatiably hunger for destruction.
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And it is with Underworld: Evolution one sees why the often small, but there lengthiness becomes necessary. Every little piece in Underworld was needed to set up the events that will transpire in Underworld: Evolution. So by the time one reaches Underworld: Evolution one can just move into a more action-heavy film which is where Underworld: Evolution really succeeds. It actually gains an improvement. Even so, Underworld: Evolution doesn't skim on story, the interesting things, that appear in Underworld: Evolution is the tracing and discovering of the true originators of the vampires and lycans. Meanwhile, Selene and Michael's romantic relationship is developed quite strongly to what it was meant to be from the beginning. 
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Standout Performances: Kate Beckinsale (I mean have you seen those action scenes and Kate Beckinsale's British accent!), Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen (in Underworld), Shane Brolly, Sophia Miles (in Underworld), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), Steven Mackintosh (Underworld: Evolution), Derek Jacobi (in Underworld: Evolution), and Tony Curran (in Underworld: Evolution).

Underworld and Underworld: Evolution Directed by: Len Wiseman

Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Action

Buy the Underworld Trilogy! Includes Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans.

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