Once again Kate Beckinsale steps back into those leather buckled boots to play the vampire everyone has the hots for, but this time it’s not the lycans that Selene’s fighting, it’s us!
Set a few years after its predecessor left off, humans have uncovered the existence of an ‘infection’ causing many people to turn into vampires or werewolves. The eradication of such an outbreak begins under the government’s orders and a social cleansing begins, killing huge numbers of both monster clans until they are forced to rise up and fight.
During these battles, however, Selene is captured – but this is only the beginning. Fast forward 12 years, and you have one very vengeful undead woman set on getting back at those who held her as a test subject, but there is one other she is fighting for and it’s not the handsome lycan you expect (featured in the other Underworld movies).
More often than not, 3D doesn’t do as much to up the viewing pleasure as it does the ticket price, but for Underworld: Awakening, those few extra pennies are certainly worth spending. Grizzly giant werewolves, razor sharp weapons and human flesh have never looked so crystal clear leaping out of the cinema screen.
Leaving the mythology and science fiction behind, Underworld: Awakening is bringing Selene into the real world, and it’s all for the better. Without the plot clouded by Elders, vampire rules and ancient species rivalry, it’s left being able to make the concept seem a little more relatable and realistic, giving it room to feature character development before those “epic action scenes”.
With its entertaining 98 minutes of game-like goodness, this one could easily be the best of the four, and with one almighty cliffhanger of an ending, a successful sequel is definitely on the cards. We want it now!