The directorial debut of Len Wiseman, who's earlier credit's include Playstation promo's and within art departments for Independence Day, Men in Black and Godzilla. Underworld came and left our cinemas with the same level of indifference as was bestowed upon many of this years “actioners” - Daredevil, Tomb Raider and
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to name but a few. Casting is fairly low brow with leading Lady Kate Beckinsale being the most immediately recognisable. Other players are Scott Speedman and Shane Brolly.The story tells of a continuing war that has lasted for centuries between the Lycans (werewolves to you and I) and Vampires. Such is the level of bitterness and hatred ingrained within the two races, that only a few individuals seem to actually know the reason for the conflict. Their existence unknown to modern day man, despite a reliance on automated weapons for confrontations, the combatants head toward an embittered showdown. For good measure, ancient taboo's, a human element and a few rotten apples are thrown in to make for a bad day for all concerned.To be honest there were elements of this film that I enjoyed. Pitched as a “Matrix-cum-Blade” affair, I found this would not be the description I would choose. Those expecting bullet time will be disappointed, although there are plenty of leather jackets! I certainly enjoyed the effects which are not CGI laden and the turn of events midway through is pleasing enough. Dialogue is a little ropy in places and the opening scene is a little confusing to say the least. All things considered a popcorn movie indeed then.