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Plenty of action entertainment but just too short,
This review is from: Underworld: Awakening [DVD] (DVD)
The previous installments in the Underworld franchise have been excellent, vastly entertaining, action packed and imaginative. Though this series is constantly being slated by critics it remains ever popular and from this latest installment its easy to see why. Kate Beckinsale returns for a fourth time and slips back into that leather suit as if she's never even taken it off. This time round the writers have decided to reduce the mythology aspect of the films (a shame) and have instead focused on kicking off a whole new era to the Underworld series set in the future real world. Perhaps this change of period and world is what makes this installment somewhat weaker than its predecessors. There is a defenite lack of character and the film is so short (just an hour and fifteen minutes) that there is barely enough time to develop any sort of understanding of the characters. Kate Beckinsale is awesome as Selene and Charles Dance has fun in a very Bill Nighy like role. As for the rest of the cast they are very much forgettable.
The direction is stylish, the action scenes well staged and the visuals, whilst somewhat weaker than previous installments, are good enough.
Overall this film is nowhere near as good as Underworld and Underworld Evolution and seems way to rushed and short. It feels more like the first hour or so of a film and then it just ends, perhaps paving the way for inevitable sequels. If you're a fan of the franchise, don't miss it, this film is cool and action packed but the lycans are vastly underused, as are the vampires and without the myhtology and the otherworldly setting of the previous three its a very different Underworld.
This is a two disc edition with some great features. Severeal featurettes, a commentary etc. Worthwhile if you're a fan.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2013 23:59:21 GMT
completely agree, the film was too short .. like they ran out of money making it? Certainly left you hanging at the end,.. I won't be buying this one for sure
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2013 11:46:07 GMT
I wouldn't not buy it Stella. Just wait until it gets a bit cheaper. Its a great little action packed film but the modern setting and lack of links to all the history and mythology just made it way weaker than the other entries.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:45:15 GMT
I asked for my money back after I saw it at the pictures! One hour long? As you say, it may be a 'great *little* action packed film' but I wouldn't part any (more) cash for it.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 00:51:31 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 09:29:57 GMT
If you've already seen it then, you're right, i wouldn't buy it. Lets hope the fifth will live up to Underworld 1, 2 and rise of the lycans
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