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not a bad sequel
on 6 December 2008
This is a sequel to the 2003 film Underworld, and in order to try and stop any confusion I would honestly suggest that you watch the original film before watching this one.
The film starts with a history lesson about the lives of Marcus (Tony Curran) and his twin brother William (Brian Steele) - the original vampire and werewolf. The sons of the immortal - one bitten by a bat, the other by a wolf. It shows the what happened to the two brothers and how Viktor (Bill Nighy) gained control over the vampire clan.
Selene's (Kate Beckinsale) voice over gives the situation now - "For six centuries I was a loyal soldier to the vampire clan. But I was betrayed. The war was not as it had seemed. In one night, the lies that had united our kind had been exposed. Kraven (Shane Brolly), our second-in-command, had formed a secret alliance with Lucian (Michael Sheen), leader of the werewolf clan, to overthrow Viktor, our leader. But Kraven's lust for power and domination had failed. Viktor was not the savior I had been led to believe. He had betrayed us all. Soon, the hunt will be on for his killer. I have but one ally left: Michael (Scott Speedman), the human descendent of Corvinus (Sir Derek Jacobi). Neither vampire nor lycan, but a hybrid. It's only a matter of time before we're found. My only hope now is to awaken Marcus, our last remaining elder, and expose the truth before Kraven tries to murder him while he's still in hibernation. Kraven knows he's no match for him awake."
We know from the original film that Marcus was 'sleeping' due to take Amelia's (Zita Gorog) place in charge of the vampires, when werewolf scientist was killed over his casket, and the blood of the werewolf feeds the vampire son of Corvinus, creating another hybrid creature part vampire, part werewolf like Michael.
Marcus seizes his opportunity to be reunited with his imprisoned brother and Selene and Michael must attempt to stop him from releasing his uncontrollable sibling.
This was an enjoyable film, with a good number of extras. Not quite as good as the first film, but not far off really. Definitely worth watching in my opinion.
There is to be a third film in the series, Underworld Rise of the Lycans, but Ms Beckinsale's character Selene and Scott Speedman's Michael will not be appearing in it, but Michael Sheen (Lucian), and Bill Nighy (Viktor) will be in the prequel.