Underworld: Awakening (2012) Movie Review

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2012 | R | Horror, Action, Fantasy
88 minutes /

User Score: 72/100

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Underworld: Awakening Review


When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrior Selene leads the battle against humankind.

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?

About Underworld: Awakening 2012

Title: Underworld: Awakening
Original Title: Underworld: New Dawn
AKA: Underworld Awakening
Year: 2012
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 46 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 46
MPAA Rating: R
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, Adam Greydon Reid, Catlin Adams, Robert Lawrenson, Michael Ealy, Joe Censoplano, India Eisley, Preston Cook, Jacob Blair
Writers: Len Wiseman, John Hlavin, J. Michael Straczynski, Allison Burnett, Kevin Grevioux, Danny McBride
Director: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein