January 27, 2006 Underworld: Evolution
Studio: Screen Gems Rating: R for pervasive strong violence and gore, some sexuality, nudity and language.
Vampires and werewolves renew their age old battle, with humans caught in the middle.
Kate Becksinsale returns as the death dealing vampire Selene in "Underworld: Evolution." She and her vampire-werewolf hybrid lover Michael are trying to save the world.
Michael is played by Scott Speedman. He and Beckinsale are determined to keep the lord of the vampires from finding the captive king of the werewolves from teaming up to conquer the world. It doesn't help that the two villains are brothers.
Selene is forced to strike out on her own as she goes against her fellow vampires. Besides a nasty bite, Selene also packs a pair of blazing guns to help her accomplish her goals.
"Underworld: Evolution" is directed by Len Wiseman, who also happens to be Beckinsale's husband.
They met on the first "Underworld" film, and decided to take their professional relationship a step further.
Selene, who runs around in skintight leather outfits, is the best part of the movie. Beckinsale invests both soul and personality into her undead assassin. Plus, she looks great.
As the feud between vampires and lycans moves to a conclusion, there is plenty of action. Unfortunately, Wiseman chose to shoot most of it in the dark. It's tough to see what's going on. I understand a movie about vampires and werewolves has to take place at night, but give me a streetlight or something so I can follow the story.
Bottom line, "Underworld: Evolution" follows the same formula as the first movie in this series. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you enjoyed the world created in the original, you'll more than likely have a good time watching this one.
Even though its central characters are mythical creatures of the night, this really doesn't fall into the category of a horror movie. Sure there are plenty of monsters and blood flows by the gallon, but with all of the guns and explosions it's more like a typical action movie with a supernatural twist.
The werewolves and vampires look pretty cool, thanks to some nice special effects work. You may notice the werewolves go from human to beast much faster in this movie than in similar films, but the action is central to the plot so I'll let the director slide on that one. Besides, who really knows how long it takes to turn into a werewolf. Not me.
Don't go expecting Shakespeare, but if seeing things blow up with a fair amount of death and destruction mixed in is your bag, the movie is an entertaining piece of work.
On my rating scale, "Underworld: Evolution" hits a Triple.
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