Underworld

2003

Action / Fantasy / Thriller

308
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 31%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7 10 233946

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Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Wentworth Miller as Dr. Adam Lockwood
Bill Nighy as Viktor
Michael Sheen as Lucian
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2hr 1 min
P/S 9 / 95

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lotus_chief 8 / 10

Surprisingly good! I'm impressed!

As soon as I saw the preview to this film I wrote it off as a silly Matrix rip-off trying to attack a subject that is so tired (vampires/werewolves). I really never had any intention of seeing Underworld until my girlfriend, who saw it in theaters, repeatedly suggested I watch it. After watching the DVD just now I must say that I enjoyed it a lot. I was completely into the story, which is surprisingly rich and engaging. One would have to be a bit naïve not to admit that Underworld does indeed borrow from a variety of action films, most notably The Matrix. It should be obvious to any free-thinking person that none of the ideas present in Underworld are original, but what this film does well is take ideas that were established in the past and build on them more. This is by no means a carbon copy of any of the films from which it borrows from. Slow motion gun battles didn't originate with the Matrix films. The most refreshing aspect of this movie is the story, which surprisingly has many layers and puts a totally fresh new spin on the vampire/werewolf stories. This aspect, along with the excellent visual effects makes Underworld an enjoyable experience. A sequel for this is inevitable, and I must say that I'm really looking forward to it. Underworld was a very pleasant surprise.

*** out of **** stars

Reviewed by kjdan-23438 9 / 10

One Thing Missing...

2003 - 2016:

No clean sweep of all major awards ("yet").

No concrete announcements of further future movie ("The suspense", "The pain"). This movie / movies are nothing short of THE ILLUMINATEY. Just, thankfully always with One Thing Missing. I know, now, only father Christmas himself can provide everything for everyone, in a flash, asap, only Santa can... so, what next to believe in... Discovered: Underworld Franchise.

So far (Rant for Underworld IX, X, etc.), none of Michael's immortal human parents have met Seline, or their grandchild to be, neither know that Michael is being treated like a piece of meat. So, Now, OK, (Prompt for Underworld IX, X, etc.) nobody is above the law (Clan / Covenant - pay attention) so you would be right to feel uneasy knowing that humans knowledge of 1, the solar eclipse time table 2, the combined Full Moon in the Daytime time table and, our stealth of, if we humans need to bang two heads together we bang two heads together ("You Covenant and Clans go around biting just anyone you feel like biting", "just know that us humans sum 6 BILLION")... And just one other thing please, If you can ask Seline please, now that Vampires and Lycans are "truly" hitting women hard is the Underworld in need of a cascading biological family of Death Dealing Seline's eventually, all with their very own Michael? (I might have unveiled even more enemy somewhere in the Caribbean?)

Underworld - My now, be all and end all.

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 6 / 10

Shows its audience a reasonably good time.

Out of the blue, a hunky average-Joe hospital intern named Michael (Scott Speedman) is targeted by beings who turn out to be "Lycans", or werewolves. It turns out that there's been a war waging between Vampires and Lycans for centuries, and Michael's caught up in it because the Lycans have taken a keen interest in him. The Vampire who begins protecting Michael on a regular basis is the tough-as-nails Selene (a black leather clad, super sexy Kate Beckinsale). She also must deal with the traitorous Kraven (Shane Brolly) and Lycan head honcho Lucian (Michael Sheen).

Admittedly, some of the gadgets here are cool. Each side has devised special bullets guaranteed to mess up opponents badly. Director Len Wiseman serves up a lot of fast and furious action, and the kind of rapid cutting common to so many modern films of this kind. Beckinsale looks exquisite while kicking ass, and Speedman is sure to get plenty of hearts fluttering himself. All of that said, it's hard to care very much about the characters for quite a while, until Wiseman starts giving the actors more dramatic moments. Even then, the film looks and feels drab, with characters struggling to keep their emotions in check. The heavy reliance on digital technology, unfortunately, turns too many of the effects into cartoons. (Not that this is surprising; "Underworld" was obviously done to have a comic book sort of approach.) The werewolves, in particular, look pretty bad. This is dark, rainy stuff with atmosphere to spare (this was filmed in Hungary), slick to a fault, but never very involving. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is the "things are not as they seem" plot twist, although some viewers may charge that they saw it coming well ahead of time.

Beckinsale and Speedman are nicely supported by a talented bunch of actors. Sheen is charismatic, Bill Nighy has excellent screen presence as head Vampire Viktor, and Sophia Myles has plenty of sex appeal herself in the role of Erika. Brolly isn't so hot, however; his reaction to hearing some "shocking" news is priceless.

Screenplay by actor Danny McBride, with story credit going to McBride, fellow actor Kevin Grevioux (both of them also have roles in the film), and director Wiseman.

Followed by three more "Underworld" features.

Six out of 10.

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