“Whether you like it or not, you’re in the middle of a war that has been raging for the better part of a thousand years. A blood feud between vampires and lycans. Werewolves.”
SYNOPSIS: Selene, a beautiful warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons. – via IMDB
Man, oh man, I will never understand the low scores the Underworld movies have garnered online. There is so much to like about them, something that is becoming increasingly rare in the vampire/werewolf genres. Anyway, Underworld is shot really well. It is dark and gloomy every step of the way, so that from the opening you know you are about to get a gritty film. We return to real vampires and lycans – let’s face it, the lycans were terrifying. They weren’t these prissy regular wolves. They were big and menacing and scary, and these creatures still had the lines of a human to them, which made them super creepy. The film actually touts pretty decent effects, too, and an interesting story. From the off, you are interested to hear what Selene has to say about everything – why she loves being a Death Dealer, how her kind is dying off, and of this fascinating age old war that has raged between the two sides.
Speaking of, the politics were expertly handled, and you know I love some good politics. The betrayals ran deep, and the wheeling and dealing was great. I was a fan of the weapons both sides had created to combat each other. The lore was covered extremely well, too, and it was consistent. Selene, too, besides being super gorgeous in this, has an awesome relationship with Michael, and the two of them together just get me. It is so understated, and not in your face. Subtlety always wins out. Scott Speedman and Kate Beckinsale just gel together, and what a super hot couple! I WANT MORE!
I enjoyed how expertly the storytelling was handled – initially you are anti-lycan, and only the vampires can be right, but as the movie progresses, the lycans change, and you see that everyone has been lied to somewhere, and that both sides have bad apples. The score complements the film every step of the way, too. Okay, as you can tell, I am a bit of a super fan. I love Underworld, and think it is a great example of the right kind of vampire and werewolf film. It manages to introduce you to an array of characters without losing you, giving you great backstories and lore, and has you engrossed in the progress, and the film is visually really pretty. Obviously I highly recommend you check out Underworld if you have not done so already.