Underworld Awakening, directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, is the fourth installment in the Underworld franchise. In this revisit to the Vampire versus Werewolf world, Selene has returned to continue her fight to protect those she loves or to stand as a Death Dealer. In this film, humans have discovered that both Lycans and Vampires are real, and they live amongst us. Humankind embarks on a mission to eradicate these supernatural beings. Lycans have already been all but eradicated, the remnants being diseased, sick werewolves living in the sewers, and the vampires are on the run. Now, it’s all about survival.
At the beginning of the film, the humans have just found out about the two species living amidst them and have started a genocidal killing referred to as “The Purge”. Selene is captured and held in a cryogenic tank at a biomedical research facility for 12 years, until released by another captive. That is about as far as I want to go so that I don’t release any spoilers.
According to this viewer, this movie is one of the best in the series. There was a definite shift away from the supernatural with a focus more on the action and actual bloodshed. Selene kicks more human and lycan butt than ever before, and she looks awfully good while doing it! This film seems to be more intended for existing fans, with a return to the storylines in Underworld 1 and 2.
The 3D in this film was very well utilized. There wasn’t an overuse of large items flying out at the viewer, and there was a lot of very subtle use of 3D to accent scenes. My favorite was where the viewers are looking at a scene through a window and blood flew out towards us to splatter against the glass. It was a very realistic blood spray digital effect.
To me, there seemed to be several different underlying themes to this film. Girl power would be the primary one. Selene and other female leads take care of business in a serious way. The men of the story are there to provide support to them. Horror/action movie tropes are left behind as Selene leads all of the action, which is typical of the series. The female leads in all of the movies are the strongest characters, both in physically strength and intellect.
There was a definite storyline involving genocide and humanities fear of what they don’t understand or their fear of what is different. It was a very obvious storyline, but it absolutely fit in this story. While watching the movie, I kept thinking to myself “Yes, this is how we would act”. That is another facet that added to my enjoyment of the film.
I highly recommend this movie. If you are an existing fan, you will love it. If you have never watched any of the movies of the franchise, go back and watch them. Then go to the theatre and watch this one. You will not be disappointed if you love action movies, werewolves, and vampires. No, this isn’t a sparkly vampire movie. The vampires melt in the sun, and the werewolves rip peoples heads off. You’ll love it!
Check out the trailer and some pics from the film below: