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Underworld Still Hitting The Target,
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This review is from: Underworld: Awakening [DVD] (DVD)
Now Ill freely admit Ive got a massive soft spot for the Underworld movies,Ive loved all previous three,from the (occasionaly) barmy dialogue to the ludicrously over the top action sequences.Each one,though the third one wasnt quite as good,has served up plenty of gore and action,which at the end of the day is all we want really.Theres no deep and meaningful storyline,it doesnt use the premiss to draw conclusions on the human condition,its just Vampires and Werewolves beating the living crap out of each other.This fourth installment,Im happy to say,delivers the goods once again.
Set in a future where humans have not only discovered,but almost wiped out both Vampires and Werewolves.Selene(Kate Beckinsale)escapes from cryogenic suspension,and goes on the run in this now alien world,but is drawn to a strange girl with remarkable powers.The story makes sence,within the genre that is,and serves its purpose very well.Drivng things from once action sequence to another,while providing enough depth inbetween them for it all to hang together.Your not going to get deep and meaningful in this kind of film,its not about that,its about action,spectacle and thrills.I know a lot of people have picked holes in the storyline(dont know why cause there are holes big enough to drive a bus through)and said that it only works on the one level,but it doesnt need to work on more than one level.Its an action film,with a horror/fantasy twist,and as long as it delivers that its doing its job.Once again Kate Beckinsale holds everything together with a strong performance,and doesnt let the effects overshadow her,unlike a few others.And as good an actor as he is,Charles Dance is no Bill Nighy,and doesnt really convince in his role as a Vampire elder.Yes it is flawed in a few palces,but all I can say is I loved every minute of it,and I was entertained from start to finish,and I cant ask a film to do more than that.