‘Underworld: Awakening’ Review: Fun Action Sequences If You Ignore the Plot

Photo Credit: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/01/20/underworld-awakening-me-somewhat-lycan/

The fourth installment of the Underworld franchise seemingly abandons the vampires vs. werewolves plot that intrigued many in its first three films. This time we are the enemy. Human beings have committed genocide against these two species causing them to hide underground. Sounds like it has potential doesn’t it? Too bad none of that potential is realized and instead we get a lifeless sequel that is only enjoyable when its stylish action sequences are on screen.

This is one of those movies that if you try and pay attention to the plot you will get a headache. The confusing twists and turns lead to a climax full of undeveloped characters who are fighting for either good or evil for unknown reasons. Luckily however, most of the movie is action, and in that sense, Underworld: Awakening really delivers.

There are a few great transformations from human to werewolf courtesy of the special effects team. This entry might also deliver more gore than the previous three movies combined. Early on, a little girl rips a werewolf’s face clean in half and roars into the camera. That is the type of movie Underworld: Awakening is, and I must admit, sometimes this is incredibly enjoyable. Does it ever really make sense? No, but that doesn’t matter, when action is on screen, there is fun to be had.

Naturally, to be in line with the rest of the series I suppose, the acting is primarily wooden. No one aside from Kate Beckinsale really has a good screen presence. That is not to say that Beckinsale is necessarily good, but she does what is expected of her, which is look sexy while killing werewolves in increasingly gory ways.

You have to go into Underworld: Awakening knowing what you are going to get to enjoy it. There is no social commentary, no deeper meaning, just vampires fighting werewolves fighting humans. When action is on the screen the movie works as forgettable fun. But when it comes time for pointless exposition, this movie is complete bore. Grade: C-

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *