Love it or hate it, the Underworld franchise has been one of the most successful horror franchises in recent memory. The films have a dedicated fan base and Kate Beckinsale’s Selene has become an iconic horror character. But the results have been a mixed bag. The cg in the series has always been questionable and not as high end as you would expect, but they also have an underlying b-movie quality that lends to some extra acceptance of the effects. The blue/green dark color palette and leather Matrix-y costuming has given the franchise a distinct look and feel that has worked regardless of the content. The newest installment, Underworld: Blood Wars is on shelves now.
Selene (Beckinsale), the notorious vampire death dealer, has been disavowed from her vampire clan and is still hunted by the Lycan’s. Especially now that she has a hybrid daughter that everyone seems to be after. Now with her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), Selene must find a way to stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires if she is ever meant to find a peaceful life with her daughter.
Underworld: Blood Wars is about on par with the last few Underworld films, not quite reaching the fun factor of the original film, but still offering up some impressive action set pieces and Beckinsale falling comfortably back into the role of Selene. Director Anna Foerster, new to the franchise and coming from a background as a director of photography and cinematographer, does a good job of making Underworld: Blood Wars more coherent than the last film, mainly by using better filming techniques in the action scenes. The story, as with the last few, is a little convoluted and really brings nothing new to the series, but fans come for the vampire on werewolf action and there is plenty of that to be had. Pick up Underworld: Blood Wars for Kate Beckinsale, stay for the action, then move on. Recommended as a fun timewaster on a Sunday afternoon.