Underworld 4: Awakening (2012)

Film review: Underworld: Awakening (2012), directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein

underworldawakeningReal vampires! Real werewolves! And I have only seen this one and the third movie in the series, so I don’t fully understand what the hell is going on, because I don’t fully remember the previous film.


Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is captured along with vampire/lycan hybrid David (Theo James) when the humans realise that those two species exist and wage full-on war on them. It’s genocide.

Selene wakes up in a lab some years later, as she’s been cryogenically frozen for a number of years, and she sets off trying to find David. Instead, she finds a girl, Eve (India Eisley), who appears to be special, somehow.

Meanwhile, Stephen Rea is an evil doctor, Michael Ealy is a detective, and Charles Dance, Sandrine Holt and Kris Holden-Ried are vampires, or something like that.

The film is mainly comprised of Kate Beckinsale posing in a skin-tight black suit, special effects, and … no actually, that’s about all there is to it, unless you count people getting slaughtered. If you like this particular combination in films, Underworld (any of them) should be right up your alley. If you don’t mind vampires but find the constant posing tedious and the special effects not that special when they’re always there, then go watch something else. Not like this is the only film that has vampires in it.

Nah, not my kind of film, really, if you hadn’t guessed that already. The big reveal of who Eve is comes as such a shocker (not really), and the rest … probably catches more of your interest if you’ve seen the whole series. As I haven’t, but rather been dropped in the deep end, I say “yeah, whatever, pass the popcorn”.

2 out of 5 leather coats.

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