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Underworld Review

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by AVForums Feb 1, 2005 at 12:00 AM

    Underworld Review
    A war between vampires and lycans (werewolves) has been waged for many years and is almost at an end with lycans numbering very few. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a Death Dealer - a vampire who hunts and slays lycans, which is exactly how we initially find her, stalking 2 of the creatures. The lycans however are actually in turn stalking a human named Michael (Scott Speedman). After rescuing Michael following a second attack by Lucian (Michael Sheen), the supposedly dead chief werewolf, Selene begins to dig deeper into why the lycans are so hell bent on getting their paws on Michael, although this is against the wishes of Kraven (Shane Brolly), the vampire covenant head. She soon finds a conspiracy involving both lycans and vampires which could tip the scales of the war.

    I found this movie certainly improved on a subsequent viewing, as I had originally seen it at the local multiplex and was left rather unimpressed. I initially didn't appreciate the story, feeling it was overly complicating a very basic premise of Romeo and Juliet, but on a second viewing, I found it more accessible, possibly due to the extra footage having been inserted, making a more complete and coherent movie. Kate Beckinsale certainly won't win an Oscar here, but then when you're in a tight PVC suit, you're clearly focussing on being eye candy and she certainly is that here. The one thing that is possibly a detriment, certainly in my view, is that if you are featuring two sets of monsters, both with a penchant for blood, why on earth are the battles fought with guns and bullets? We want blood, we want it shed and we want lots of it. Ok, that may just be me then. If you want lots of action, you probably won't be disappointed, but be aware that the plot isn't as deep as it thinks it is.