Underworld: Awakening is the fourth installment of the epic franchise and stars Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene. The film just hit theaters and of course, loads of reviews have quickly followed and they sure are mixed.
In Underworld: Awakening Selene wakes up 15 years in the future after being cryogenically frozen by a human biotech company. She discovers that the world she once knew is long gone – the humans now know of the existence of both vampires and lycans and are waging a full out war on them. After escaping her frozen prison, Selene joins the big battle, along with her daughter.
I have yet to see the movie myself, but I think it looks amazing, and if what I am reading in reviews is true, it is. According to the critics, Underworld: Awakening is has its highs and lows. The biggest complaint is that the plot is “dense” and overly-simple, that the film focuses more on the action than the story. Well, that’s what Underworld is known for – its badass fighting scenes featuring Selene in a leather catsuit. Luckily, most critics got that, they know damn well Underworld isn’t meant to be some deep Oscar winning masterpiece, it’s an action-packed thrill ride. According to the LA Times’ review of Awakening, it “ditches the series’ dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.” I see nothing wrong with that (and neither did the reviewer), I love me some mindless entertainment, especially when it has vampires.
One other complaint was the 3D, apparently it wasn’t all that impressive. But well, I have yet to actually hear a good 3D review. Everyone watches the 3D films and then promptly complains about how terrible the 3D is. I honestly don’t know why people continue to pay extra for it. Odd.
Overall, Awakening is getting good reviews and it makes me want to see it that much more (and I will!). There are a few pompous critics who have trashed the hell out of Awakening and every other Underworld film, but from what they’re saying it’s pretty clear that their review wasn’t bad because the movie was bad, but because it’s just not their type of film. Why review an action movie when you don’t like action movies? That’s just bananas.
What did you think of Underworld: Awakening? If, like me, you haven’t seen it, do you plan on giving it a watch?