Direct-to-cinema: Underworld Awakening

In “Underworld Awakening“, we follow the further adventures of vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and her werewolf-lycan-hybrid-boyfriend Michael (Scott Speedman‘s digitally plastered face). After 12 years being held prisoner by humans, Selene is able to escape. She follows a female hybrid called Subject 2, who turns out to be her daughter she had no idea of. She finds other vampires (amongst them Charles “Tywin Lannister” Dance and Theo James als almost-neo-boyfriend David), and after a battle with some lycans, has to rescue her daughter from human scientists (Stephan Rea), who turn out to be lycans themselves. Their goal: Making themselves immune to silver, by injecting themselves with Subject 2’s DNA.

I’m a fan of the first Underworld movie. It’s quite complex for what it is, and is represented rather well. The sequel, “evolution“, is shitty as hell, and the third one is quite ok. “Awakening” is the fourth movie in the franchise, and probably marks the beginning of a new trilogy. The story is set 12 years after the second movie (“Rise of Lycans” was a prequel), and the audience follows the main character on her journey to discover this brave new world after humans had begun war on vampires and lycans. The fourth movie is rather trashy, as bad as the second, but much more entertaining. While “Evolution” only had a few scenes to laugh at, “Awakening” is over the top and hilarious.

Selene has not much to characterise, though there’s a touching scene with her daughter in which she explains that she is so cold because she is heartbroken. On the other hand, it may be the first time that you see her actually kill humans. The problem the movie may have is that it has no memorable scenes/moments. You remember the first movie when Selene jumped off the tower and landed elegantly on the ground? Well, here she does it 10 times, 3 times in the first 10 minutes! The action may be solid, but nothing really special, the bad guy Selene faces off at the end has no charisma or back story whatsoever at all, while the main bad guy is just ok…

All in all, it’s not a good movie, but much more entertaining than part 2.

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