Underworld Awakening
Year:
2012
Country:
USA, Canada
Genre:
Action, Fantasy, Horror
IMDB rating:
6.4
Director:
Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind
Stephen Rea as Dr. Jacob Lane
Jacob Blair as Officer Kolb
Robert Lawrenson as Waterfront Cop
Lee Majdoub as Desk Guard #1
Catlin Adams as Olivia
Theo James as David
Tyler McClendon as Scientist
Panou as Old City Cop #1
Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Michael Ealy as Detective Sebastian
Charles Dance as Thomas
John Innes as Medical Supervisor
Adam Greydon Reid as Med Tech #1
Storyline: Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver.
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Reviews
Great action
I admit there was more about action (and action was very good) than about plot, but I still give the movie 10/10. There was some important moments that make this movie unique for me. As I said, the plot doesn't have much to offer, BUT. "My heart is not cold, it's broken" - this line alone made it 10. The movie accents the priority of love. Do you think it's banal? Yes, but not when the parents' love and love between man and woman compared. When I learned the movie will have this daughter of main heroine, I was disappointed. Another sob story? Cry me a river. But the mother-daughter relationships shown were actually good and original - no hugging, no crying, no „I love you, sweety!" Selene behaves as she should - she lost her loved one, so she won't be smiling happy mom just because she now has a daughter (though of course she would protect her). Another moment that touched me is when Selene found Michael and wasn't responding long enough when that policeman called her and asked for help saving her daughter. Selene didn't betray her love just because of her parental duty! I think these moments were very deep and are actually rare nowadays in the movies and I'm not sure people who are prioritizing their children over everything else or people who forgot long ago what true love is will understand them (and there are about 90% of such people in the world). All in all, good action, great Selene, some deep moments and the ground for the fifth part. Good job.
2012-02-23
Underworld: Awakening Delivers Excellent Bite!
My husband and I loved the previous "Underworld" movies and were really disappointed when we heard that "Kate" wasn't interested in doing another one. So, we had it in our minds that was the end of the franchise. As time went by I heard that there might be another movie. I had horrifying thoughts of the studio execs trying to fill the massive void with a ridiculous story and a different actress. Then I heard "Kate" decided to do it.

I usually approach any movie without ideas of what to expect and keep and open mind. I must admit that I was a bit nervous about this particular movie and could it/would it deliver? Would the storyline hold up?

WOW!! This movie delivers in all areas. Kate Beckinsale is amazing in the reprised role of Selene. She has lost none of her ability to capture the depth of this character. In true vampire form she portrays, she appears to be ageless, beautiful and forever young.

I have nothing bad to say about this movie at all. I felt nothing but entertained by the story and the characters. There are a few fresh faces that add amazing texture and thrill to this movie.

There are enough twists and turns to keep you wanting more. My husband and I left and we both agree that this might possibly be the best Underworld to date.

It is a must see!
2012-01-22
Amazingly Overrated!
I may be acting a bit rash in rating this film at 2 stars, but at the time of my writing, there are just too many shadow marketing reviews on this site to ignore. In a different situation, and if the first 2(3) underworld movies were not so good, I might rate this a 5.

New writers, new director/directors, different movie.

If you just want to see some cookie cutter CGI 'action' movie, then give this a look.

If you are a fan of the earlier movies, if you know the story of Selene, Viktor, Corvinus, and the rest, you will be disappointed. It is not as bad as the crazy changes they made to the highlander movies, but they just decided to forget the past films and do something new. Actually they decided to rip off a few other stories, none of which were good the first four times you saw them.

I am not going to go into every detail of what is wrong with this movie. For the most part, it is bad because it must be compared to the earlier films in the series. It just does not compare in any way. Acting, scenery, sets, writing, story, effects, all better in prior underworlds.

Aside from all I have said, the production value is high, and the movie is watchable.
2012-01-21
"Underworld: Awakening"- An interesting but middling installment in the cult fan-favorite franchise. Good fun, but shoddily written.
"Underworld: Awakening", the fourth chapter in the long-running cult action franchise, has been met with a relatively poor reception amongst fans of the series. And while I cannot endorse the plethora of highly negative reviews, I do have to comment that I can't help but understand the frustration. Because beneath the flashy visuals, outstanding action and another good turn from series star Kate Beckinsale... the film is just a very strange little footnote that doesn't quite fit in as well as it ought have.

The concept is actually pretty inspired and genuinely fascinating, taking a hard left turn for the series that should have injected fresh blood into the narrative. After all, Selene's story and indeed the story of the "Underworld" saga seemed well-defined and generally complete by the end of the second installment, "Evolution." We needed something dramatic to happen in order to justify its continuation. And I do think that in better hands, the new concepts and ideas crafted in "Awakening" would have been an interesting fit for the franchise. But it just doesn't quite come together. Mainly because it's such a jarringly different film and the script is highly problematic.

Quite simply... it just isn't the "Underworld" we remember so fondly from the previous three films. But I do think it has some value, even if it is a middling and mediocre revamp for the series.

Shortly after the fall of Markus, mankind stumbles onto the existence of the Vampire and Lycan tribes, resulting in panic and hatred from the general public. It soon becomes priority number one for the governments of the world to eradicate the non-human entities that stalk the streets come nightfall. Both species are hunted down by specialized task-forces, brought to the brink of extinction. Selene (Beckinsale) is captured and placed in suspended animation, and it appears her beloved Michael is killed in an attack. She awakens twelve years later in a high-tech research facility owned by a corporation called "Antigen." Escaping, she soon enough discovers that while frozen, she evidently gave birth to a young Hybrid known as Eve (India Eisley), and together, mother and daughter will be forced into a fight for survival... and eventually a struggle for vengeance, as Selene seeks retribution for the cruel actions that tore her life apart.

Directed by the duo of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein from a script co-written by series creator Len Wiseman, if nothing else the movie is definitely visually exciting and endlessly stylish. It's certainly never a dull film, and it moves along with great speed and an urgent sense of pacing. Mårlind and Stein have a very interesting visual sensibility, and the film is consistently sleek and very modern, giving it an interesting sense of identity in comparison to the more stark and Gothic look of the other films. Their work in the action department is also a ton of fun, and the plethora of gun-battles and ferocious fight scenes are definitely a blast and a half to behold.

The cast is fairly good for the most part. Series star Beckinsale is wonderful as always, and the film gives her some good material to work with. Selene is at her lowest in this story, and Beckinsale gives the character a great sense of pathos. While he might not quite be an adequate replacement for Scott Speedman's Michael, Theo James is game for some action as a new vampire sidekick in David. Stephen Rea brings some class as an evil research scientist who runs the corporation responsible for Selene's capture. And I really enjoyed the small supporting role by Michael Ealy as a police officer who becomes an unlikely ally for Selene's cause. Unfortunately, I found India Eisley underwhelming as Eve, and I thought she was probably the weakest link. I just didn't buy her in the role- especially when she goes full-on Hybrid during a few key action set pieces early on, and she doesn't get nearly enough presence in the story.

Unfortunately, as has been the case with the series as a whole, the writing is quite wonky, and this is probably the most poorly-written film of the entire saga. The concept is actually very good and affords a lot of interesting developments for the world established in the series, but most of the new ideas at play are simply glossed over far too quickly to be effective. The set-up of the film- the vampires and Lycans being hunted to near extinction- should have been a much greater focus, but it's really only addressed in the film's montage-style opening credits sequence. Key characters like Michael are written off in the first act with barely a mention later on, which felt like a betrayal after his importance to the story and to Selene. (And that's not spoiling anything... it happens in the first five minutes.) And the film just moves too quickly for its own good. I also can't help but feel that the new tone and style established in the narrative conflicts a bit too much with what came before- it stops feeling like an "Underworld" movie within the first fifteen minutes, instead becoming a more standard and trendy revenge-thriller, which I found quite jarring.

Nevertheless, great action, good performances and an interesting idea mostly salvage the film, and it's still a good bit of fun. If you're completely in love with the series, there's a good chance you'll come out hating "Underworld: Awakening" for being such a mediocre follow- up. But if you're like me and enjoy the films while being able to admit that they're not high art and have their share of flaws, you'll probably be able to forgive its more obvious faults and enjoy it for what it is... non-stop carnage starring a character we know and love.

I give it a middle of the road 6 out of 10.
2017-01-17
Over rated ... seriously
Having watched the previous underworld films and enjoying them I expected big things from this installment. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed and not impressed. Despite the stunning beauty of Kate B, nothing could save this film. The actions scenes were done well but there was no character or plot development. As a result I didn't care who killed who. Neither did I care about this 'Eve' character, was she an IVF baby? I felt like I was watching a Michael Bay movie (no character development, all action). I actually fell asleep for 5 min during the end and had to re watch the ending AND I LOVE VAMPIRE MOVIES. The only reason I would recommend anyone watching this movie is to admire Kate Beckinsale. Finally, overuse of CGI really annoys me so maybe it lost points in that respect.
2012-04-01
Great film (if you liked the first three)
Okay, for those of you still wondering what Underworld is all about... it's about a war between gun-totting fit female vampires in tight clothes and big ugly werewolves. So, if you've seen any of the first ones and liked them. Then watch this. You'll like this too.

If, on the other hand, you think that women in spandex leaping off buildings while firing twin pistols at a monster that, deep down, you know has been added post production via computer is a pretty dumb premise - steer well clear.

Luckily, I enjoyed the first three and loved this one too.

Twelve years after Selene's last battle, humans have only gone and figured out that vamps and werewolves are real and hunted every last one of them down (apart from the ones they missed). Selene's been frozen in ice and studied, but, luckily, she gets woken up by... you'll have to watch the film and see. But, anyway, she's more than a little cranky and being prodded while in ice by humans in lab coats for over a decade. Luckily for her (and us I guess) she's defrosted right next to her famous black slinky costume and quickly puts it on and goes to express her disgust with humanity by a strongly-worded blog and some scathing tweets (only joking, she grabs the nearest knife and gun and starts piling up the bodies).

Oh, and it's 3D this time. My only gripe. The 3D was even more pointless than every other 3D film that's designed purely to make you spend more money.

From reading other reviews the general consensus is 'more of the same.' And I can't add to that. It is. There's not a lot new here and some have criticised it for not adding to the overall story enough, but, what the hell, it's still fun and Kate Beckinsale is still gorgeous. They could make a film about vampires in spandex sitting there blowing their noses for ninety minutes and I'd watch it if Kate was in it. Biased. Yes, probably.

Bottom line - this film may be the forth instalment of the Underworld franchise, but it's still head, shoulders and biteable neck over the Resident *yawn* Evil films.
2014-05-13
Almost a made for TV movie.... avoid.
The first three films were quite well done, lots of action and enough storyline to tie the three together.

The films were made of decent quality too, nice effects and editing.

Unfortunately this forth film definitely is sub-par to the others, I wish I could un-watch it and be happy with the first three.

Even the filming style seemed cheap and the actors just seemed like they were just getting another pay check, no real acting even by this series standard.

3 stars for a couple of the sequences, but avoid if you are looking for a decent film.
2012-07-30
Great Action
Having just watched Underworld Awakening and not being an avid fan of the previous films in the series (not watching them), my stance on this film may not be as accurate as to those whom have seen the entire films in chronological order. However then I am reviewing this film based on this one solely. I thoroughly enjoyed, found the action top notch, well directed and fast paced. I know some of the complaints are due to the thin story but I did not mind too much. Yes a better story could have made the film better but I enjoyed the mother-daughter relationship and how and what they had to do in order to save her, and her whole escape plan. Kate Beckinsale is great as Selene as well as the other supporting actors. The Lycans and vampires were an interesting take in this, as well as the final scene involving Selene having to fight the giant Lycan. The 3D was believable and so were the gimmicks. For an action movie, it delivers.
2013-10-23
Worst installment
I am very disappointed in this film. I have a couple of grievances that I need to get off my chest. First I am very upset about the running time of the film. it is only an hour and 15 minutes long. I was highly upset to pay full price for this movie and it was only 15 minutes longer than a TV drama. Being that the movie was so short the plot and everything that went into it felt rushed and the dialog except for some AWESOME lines were sub-par. I felt that us fans deserved a little bit more meat on the story; the very short movie time defiantly curtailed that from happening. Second- I hated that there is no sense of time in this movie at all. they say that it is 12 years in the future but everything looks unchanged and not advanced. Take something from 12 years ago and see how it has changed; that change is nonexistent in the movie. Third- I hated the Ending, besides the fact that it ended SUPER quick, it was left very open. The Actors are getting older, they don't necessarily want to be doing Underworld for the rest of their careers and the movie Pops up every 3-4 years, This series need one more movie to tie up all loose ends and have the fans say goodbye while going out with a BANG! When a movie has 4-5 installments things start to get dicey, Underworld with this film is starting to show its age.

All in all if you are a Die Hard Fan it is a good movie as far is action, but it is lackluster in storyline and movie feel.
2012-03-07
Disaster..
why is this film made in 3D,i have no idea.so many of the films made today are introduced in 3D with no what so ever need..(only AVATAR were that much great in 3D). The story in this part is very weak.i expected a more convincing script than this one.the idea of being captivated in a frozen form and waking up after a certain amount of time is already worn out. Kate Beckinsale gives a good performance but the film and the screenplay didn't help much,at some times i felt the script was naiive. the movie's duration was very short,i felt it was an episode for television not a full movie. i expected more of this film but i didn't get what i was expecting.
2012-01-22
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