Vampires and werewolves rip, gnaw and stab each other in “Underworld: Blood Wars.”
Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the vampire femme fatale, is on the run from Lycans (the werewolves), who want her blood. She claims she’s finished with the war. David (Theo James), a friend Selene brought back to life, joins in her escapade.
Thomas (Charles Dance), David’s dad, enters a gothic castle held by the vampire council. He is greeted by the mysteriously sinister Semira (Lara Pulver). She asks for Thomas’ aid in getting the council’s approval to bring Selene to the castle and train vampires for the war.
The council is reluctant, but doesn’t have a choice.
Meanwhile, Marius (Tobias Menzies), the leader of the Lycans, gets his pack prepared to hunt down Selene to reveal the whereabouts of her daughter.
“Underworld” is full of action, blood and gore, the key ingredients of an R-rated action flick. Selene is the Lara Croft of vampires. She shows no mercy as she shoots and beats werewolves to death. Her encounters with Marius have you on the edge of your seat wanting more.
One great fight scene is when David and a werewolf fight and fall in a pool of icy water. They resurface and David slices the werewolf in two!
The fast-paced story was good and bad. It was good because it advanced the story along. I didn’t find myself bored during the film. The bad part was that some scenes were too quick and needed more elaboration, like the scene where Kate goes away and returns toward the last ten minutes of the movie.
“Underworld” was a constant joyride of action and blood-spilling. There could have been a few more swear words and maybe a little more sensuality, being a rated-R movie and all, but it works.
Studio: Sony (1 hr. 31 min.)
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Charles Dance, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson
Director: Anna Foerster
Story: A female vampire is on the run from werewolves and the vampire council, as their final showdown approaches.
Final Score: A
This review was first published on Blackflix