Jan 22, 2012

Underworld:  Awakening

Selene is back with a vengeance and Kate Beckinsale is beautifully awesome, as usual.  Underworld trumps Twilight in every angle, hands down.  Though, the entire movie itself won't give you a "woohoo let's watch it again moment" it does leave you a "wanting for more" feeling at the end.  Like every other Underworld installments the story line pace was fast, no dull moment.  The twist also was very unexpected.  The action sequences as always delivers a lot of punch but I do regret watching this on 3D.  I mean, you pay extra bucks for 3D and all I get is a couple of scenes that really brings out the 3D experience.  Anyway, this one is worth watching for an another addition to my Underworld movie collection.

This is the best Underworld yet!

Spoiler plot alert after the jump!  You've been warned!

Underworld:  Awakening

Storyline:  When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

Rating:  ★★★★★★★★☆☆


Six months after the events of Underworld: Evolution, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is captured by humans during "The Purge," when she and Michael were planning on leaving the city. Eventually, both the government and the public learn about the existence of Vampires and Lycans. A crusade and all-out war begins: study and eradicate. After being imprisoned in cryogenic suspension for 12 years, Selene manages to escape the facility Antigen, headed by Dr. Jacob Lane (Stephen Rea), who is the one that reveals the existences of both immortal races after his son's apparent death when being discovered as a Lycan. During the same time, another subject has also escaped the same facility that Selene was in. That subject was Eve (India Eisley), her hybrid daughter who is the key to ending the war by "curing" Vampires and Lycans of their "infection." After escaping, she sees flashes of someone else's point of view, and believing it to be Michael, she follows the flashes that lead her into a garbage chute. She confronts a young vampire named David (Theo James) who has been following her, when they realize that Lycans live there underground. Seeing flashes of Lycans hunting the person she is connected to, Selene eliminates many of them until the Lycans flee and she finds a young girl instead of Michael. After Selene and David get Eve out of the tunnels, they are chased through the busy city streets in a van by the three Lycans. They finally catch up to their van and break in while it's rushing through the city. Eve rips one Lycan's head in half while David and Selene shoot and stab the other two. On the way Selene realizes that Eve is not healing from a wound she suffered during her fight and is growing weak. David takes them to his coven.

At the coven most of the vampires are less than thrilled that David brought the infamous Selene, the lover of a Lycan to their coven, especially his father, Thomas (Charles Dance). However, they agree to help the weakened child which they soon realize is due to her not feeding. After drinking some blood her wound heals and Selene, after seeing Eve's eyes change while feeding, sees that she has Michael's hybrid eyes and realizes she is her and Michael's daughter. Seeing that the coven does not want her there, she gets ready to leave. David, not wanting her to go, tries to convince her to stay and help them start an offensive against the humans by teaching them to fight. Before Selene decides, the coven comes under attack by Lycans who were thought to be almost extinct. Many of the vampires are slaughtered until Selene joins the fight. She orders David take Eve to safety while she deals with the rest of the Lycans. Going to the main hall of the coven, Selene comes upon a massacre of mostly vampires with few Lycan corpses, then a giant "Super Lycan," more than twice the size of any werewolf she's ever seen. Fighting it with a silver bladed weapon, she breaks a piece off after stabbing it into its back. Selene is shocked to realize that it heals instantly and the silver had no effect. Unfortunately, Selene is no match for the giant Lycan and is knocked unconscious. She later awakens to find David's father gave Eve to the Lycans to save what was left of the Coven. During the battle, David is bitten by a Lycan and later dies after confirming Thomas' actions, who in turn blames Selene for all that happened. After David dies, Selene makes an incision in David's abdomen, then cuts the palm of her own hand and reaches into David's torso, grabbing a hold of his heart. She squeezes it a few times, and with her Corvinus enhanced blood, she restarts his heart, bringing him back to life. She then leaves to go get her daughter and is confronted by a human detective named Sebastian who confirms her suspicions that the corporation called Antigen, headed by Dr. Jacob Lane, and is dedicated to "curing" the immortal species.

After seeing the evidence, Selene discovers that the corporation is actually run by the Lycans, including Dr. Lane - who have been posing as humans in order to trick the world's governments into believing the Lycans are extinct and of work to eradicate the virus the created both races - and that covertly they intend to use Eve to perfect their race and develop an immunity to silver, thus allowing the Lycans to conquer both vampires and humans. The Super Lycan whom Selene had fought was Lane's son, Quint (Kris Holden-Ried), who faked his death after being discovered his werewolf status. Using Eve's genetics, Dr. Lane conducted experiments on his son to make him immune to silver, but in the process, vastly increasing his size and power. Seeing the dangers, Selene and Detective Sebastian team up to stop them and save Eve. Killing the Lycan guards with silver gas grenades and silver bullets, she comes across Subject 0, realizing it is Michael and, being short on time, shoots the glass to weaken the containment unit in order to free Michael before going to stop the Lycans from leaving with Eve. Using her incredible strength, she flips the van with Eve and her captors inside, only then to come face to face with the Super Lycan, whilst Eve fights the lycan Dr. Lane. Eventually Selene goes down a hallway where the Super Lycan cannot fit, forcing it to shift back to his human form, allowing Selene to impale Quint with her hand. Withdrawing her arm, Quint heals instantly which Selene is counting on. She then throws a grenade pin at him. Realizing too late that she has put a grenade inside him, the Quint claws in vain at his stomach before it explodes, killing him, while Eve rips out the throat of the Dr. Lane. Going back inside, they find Michael's cryo tank is empty; Eve then gets a flash of the roof where they go, but Michael is no where in sight. Selene states that the world will be hunting Michael just as they hunted Eve.

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