Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Movie Review “Underworld”

Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Scott Speedman as Michael Corvin
Michael sheen as Lucian
Shane Brolly as Kraven
Bill Nighty as Viktor

Short Story Summary: A vampire named Selene must try to stop a group of werewolves from getting their hands a human that may bring about the end of a century long war between the two races.

Story: (8.5/10) The story is well written and entertaining. I will go as far to say that it is one best vampire/werewolf movies that has been made in a long time. It seems that most movies and TV shows that have these kind of characters in them nowadays are like Twilight. Underworld proves that not every movie with vampires in them have to be a romance. Sure, they’re a romantic subplot to the film, but it is not the driving factor of it. This movie is a nice change from those terrible, mind numbing, movies. The story can get confusing at points, but it never gets to the point where you will be wondering what is happening.

Character/Cast: (9/10) The casting choices for this movie are top notch. No whiny, brooding pains anywhere to be seen , just really cool vampires and werewolves duking it out. Kate Beckinsale is great as the Death Dealer Selene. Her character breaks from the norm of female action stars, in that, she is both tough, but still retains her feminine aspects as well. Scott Speedman does a decent in this movie. Although he is mainly confused and bewildered by what is happening around him at least he is not brooding. Michael Sheen is good as the main antagonist of the film. Although he acts like an evil monster, you can tell that he is a deeper character than that and I will stop there before I go into spoilers. The rest of the cast are fine and their characters well written.

Action: (10/10) The action gets started early and does not slow down to the ending credits. There are a lot of fights in this film and the characters use a variety of weapons from guns to swords. The action is pretty close to the matrix with acrobatic gun fights throughout and the use of slow motion in some of the scenes. The fights are bloody and gory most of the time, but it is done in a very stylized way.

Music: (7/10) Not really all that great, but it was alright.

Visuals: (9/10) The setting had a dark gothic feel to it and it fits well with the nature of the story. The creature effects look great and don't look at all fake like the ones in Twilight . The scene where the vampire is resurrected is well done and is one of the highlights of the movie. My one complaint is that the slow-mo is poorly done and should have been left out.

Conclusion: A well-made film and a great start to the Underworld Trilogy ( I will still call it that until the fourth movie comes out). I highly recommend giving this one a try and see what a real vampire movie should be.

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