Underworld: Awakening (2012) Movie Review

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Underworld: Awakening (2012)

2012 | R | Horror, Action, Fantasy
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Underworld: Awakening Plot Synopsis:

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.

Underworld: Awakening (2012) Review

Underworld: Awakening (2012) is a 1h 28-min American 3D action-fantasy-horror film and is the fourth installment in the Underworld film series. Directors Mans Marlind (The Bridge (2011-2015), Storm (2005), The Bridge (2013-2014)) and Bjorn Stein (The Bridge (2011-2015), The Bridge (2013-2014), 6 Souls (2010)) did an okay job executing the film. The movie had an estimated budget of $70 million and grossed over $160 million at the box office. The Underworld series/franchise took me by surprise because I did not expect the franchise to make it this far but I have to admit that Underworld: Awakening exceeded my expectations.


Underworld: Awakening began with humankind finding out that Vampires and Werewolves, who are known as Lycans, exist and have been fighting a war against each other that is centuries old. The humans joined to eradicate the vampires and werewolves as they fight each other. Humans try to purge the Earth of vampires and Lycans and shows it on several news feeds but soon learns that there are also people who live a double life. They were blown away by the fact that they live amongst people who are half human and half vampire or werewolf /Lycan. Soldiers try to flush out the species/creatures from their hiding but most of the creatures put up a fight leaving us with an action packed opening sequence.

Selene (Kate Beckinsale - Underworld (2003), The Aviator (2004), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Pearl Harbor (2001)) and her true love Michael are trying to escape the purging. Michael (Scott Speedman - Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Felicity (1998-2002), The Strangers (2008)) was the first hybrid of Vampire/Lycan. The duo was ambushed leading Michael to transform so that he can protect Selene but he was shot by special forces and plunged into the ocean as Selene heading towards him. Selene did not hesitate to dive in after her love, but a grenade follows them resulting in an explosion that separated them.

Selene awakens 12 years later in a cryogenic freezing chamber hanging upside down with clothing as she is held captive by a pharmaceutical company. The pharmaceutical company is using Selene’s DNA to make a vaccine that will hopefully protect humanity from Vampire and Lycan bites. One of the pharmaceutical company experiments led Selene to become a mother which she found out when she woke up. She is the mother to the only existing Vampire/Lycan on Earth which is the same creature that vampires and werewolves alike were trying to eradicate earlier in the film.

Selene still has visions of Michael and feels connected to him. Selene’s daughter Eve (India Eisley - The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013), Kite (2014), Nanny Cam (2014)) is extremely powerful and has been raised in the laboratory. Selene is determined to protect her daughter from the Lycans that wants to use Eve to inoculate them against silver. The first 20 minutes or so was action packed and then the movie slowed down a little bit to help us return to a calm state. Selene escapes with Eve and discovers that there is still a coven of vampires existing. Underworld: Awakening is not a scary movie although Eve can creep you out when she transforms. I was left with a few unanswered questions such as how did Selene get pregnant and who is the father? Is Michael still alive or are Selene’s visions and connection wrong?

  • Underworld: Awakening Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.27
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 3.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.7

About Underworld: Awakening 2012

Title: Underworld: Awakening
AKA: Underworld Awakening
Year: 2012
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.63/5 stars from 135,264 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 135,264
MPAA Rating: R
Underworld: Awakening Cast Starring: Richard Cetrone, Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance, Scott Speedman, Christian Tessier, Kurt Max Runte, Dan Payne, Stephen Rea, Wes Bentley, John Innes, Benita Ha, Sandrine Holt, Theo James, Kris Holden-Ried, Lee Majdoub, Panou, Mark Gibbon, Tyler McClendon, Ian Rozylo, Sanny van Heteren, Leslie Hucul, Robert Lawrenson, Michael Ealy, Joe Censoplano, India Eisley, Preston Cook, Jacob Blair, Adam Greydon Reid, Catlin Adams
Underworld: Awakening Writers: Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, J. Michael Straczynski
Underworld: Awakening Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
Box Office: $62,321,039
Production: Screen Gems
Website: http://entertheunderworld.com/
Language: English, Russian
Country: USA, Canada