Underworld - Evolution (2006) Movie Review


Underworld - Evolution (2006)

2006 | R | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
106 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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Underworld - Evolution Review


Picking up directly from the previous film, vampire warrior Selene and the half werewolf Michael hunt for clues to reveal the history of their races and the war between them.

Underworld - Evolution (2006) is a 1h 46-minute American action horror film that is the second installment in the Underworld series, following Underworld (2003). Director and co-writer Len Wiseman (Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), Underworld (2003)) did an excellent job executing the movie. The movie had an estimated budget of $45 million and grossed over $111.3 million at the box office. It was filmed in Budapest, Hungary and several locations in British Columbia, Canada. Evolution contains graphic sexual scenes with nudity, extreme graphic violence, gore, bad language, and some frightening scenes.

Underworld - Evolution had a fantastic trailer that raised my expectation high with the Lycan vs. vampire action amongst other things, and it delivers above my expectations. Underworld - Evolution picks up where Underworld (2003) left off. We see Selene (Kate Beckinsale - Underworld (2003), The Aviator (2006), Van Helsing (2004)) and Michael on the run after the events of the last film. A few of those events was a hybrid, Michael (Scott Speedman) was born, Viktor (Bill Nighy) being killed and Kraven (Shane Brolly) betraying his kind. We were sent back into medieval times where we met Marcus (Tony Curran - Gladiator (2000), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), The Adventures of Tintin (2011)) in human form.

I like that the opening scene which was about 20 minutes was used to set up a few of the plot twists and also gives us information about Viktor and Marcus background and their relationship. Selene and Michael running through spilling blood everywhere as they kill everything that moves was more than enough blood for me but will be a treat for gore fans. Selene’s past was explained which made us see why Viktor had an intense hatred for the Lycans. Marcus kills Craven after he awakes and tracks down Selene and Michael. I am trying my best not to give any spoilers away, but I will leave you with this, Michael was not the first hybrid to exist.

The CGI was amazingly good making the creature look realistic and detailed as they can be. The costume and makeup department excelled at their job as it was visually stunning. I am a total sucker for love stories, and I love Michael and Selene’s love story. The final scene was sort of epic as the battle was spectacular with the action on full blast. A few things I like about the movie was that it had great visuals, terrific action scenes, fabulous performances nicely done gore scenes.

About Underworld - Evolution (2006)

Title: Underworld - Evolution
Original Title: Underworld 2, Underworld 2: Evolution, Untitled Underworld Sequel
AKA: Underworld: Evolution
Year: 2006
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 64 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 64
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Brian Steele, Richard Cetrone, Tony Curran, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen, Scott Speedman, Bill Nighy, Sophia Myles, Kurt Carley, Michasha Armstrong, Steven Mackintosh, Adrian Hough, John Mann, Shane Brolly, Mike Mukatis, Raoul Ganeev, Andrew Kavadas, Zita Görög, Scott McElroy, Sean Rogerson, Travis Webster, Julius Chapple, Christopher R. Sumpton, Trevor Beeby, Derek Jacobi, Colin Decker, Christine Danielle, Sean Millington, Kaja Gjesdal, Attila Lovaghy
Writers: Danny McBride, Len Wiseman, Kevin Grevioux
Director: Len Wiseman

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