Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)
Selene (Kate Beckinsale) has been outcast by the Vampires. Michael is dead and their daughter is missing. A new Lycan leader named Marius (Tobias Menzies) has risen to power and believes that the pure hybrid child is the key to ending the war. Semira (Lara Pulver), one of the new Vampire elders, feels that bringing Selene back into their ranks might be the best idea so she can train the new soldiers. Unknown to her, Selene is walking into a trap and only 1 man can save her before her blood is drained from her body.
Underworld is one of my favorite movies and is on my Top 100 list, but now that we are in the 5th installment into this franchise, things are getting boring. Obviously by now, if you haven’t been converted, you aren’t going to start here, so go watch the first movie and see if you want to keep watching.
I give the filmmakers props for making this feel like an Underworld movie through the setting and costumes, however, you can’t make an Underworld movie without action and this movie is limited. The first fighting in this movie comes at the 50 minute mark as most of the movie is talking. I feel like they tried to recreate some of the magic from the first movie but when every character is new and they are vastly different from Victor, Craven and Lucian, you can’t capture the same vibe. On a positive note, I did like the betrayal scene and how they tied the lineage back to Amelia.
Underworld Blood Wars is only 91 minutes long and that is not long enough to grow your new characters AND have plenty of awesome action. I never understood making these action films that are only 1.5 hours long without adding in what the audience wants. I understand the franchise needing to move forward with new characters, but they need to be developed properly as the first movie did! That movie is 2 hours long and jumps into the action from the beginning! Ugh! This movie tried but it failed in the execution. Co-starring Theo James, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, and Daisy Head.
5/10 Stars – I didn’t hate this movie, but when compared to the first in the franchise, this movie tries but falls flat with lack of character development and action throughout.