I was happy to get to see the Len Wiseman-directed “Underworld” last night, and was also pleasantly surprised by its content. Typically movies that get promoted in a big way end up #1 at the box office for at least a week, but this movie was actually good. While watching, I realized that people are stuck watching movies about characters that are fluffy, and not “fantastic” at all – that’s why a movie like “The Lord of the Rings” can be so successful because it’s not like anything else you’re seeing. You’re used to love stories, cop movies, blah blah blah. They’re all somewhat realistic, at least on what most people consider the “real world”. It’s good to see something that has some background, some interesting story/plotlines, and quality use of past events as the basis for the plot. Quality foreshadowing by use of memories, if you will.
Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor, Brokedown Palace) plays Selene, a vampire “death dealer”, who is struggling with her experiences as a child when her family was killed by the Lycans (werewolves), or so she thinks. She was taken in by Viktor, who’s the vampire boss at the time, and someone she looks up to and treats like her father.
The movie discusses the somewhat epic struggle between the Lycans and Vampires, with a few plot twists, all revolving around finding Michael, played by Scott Speedman (you’ll recognize him from the WB’s “Felicity”). With a decent amount of action, some pretty cool effects, and Matrix-like fight scenes that aren’t dragged out for ten minutes, I definitely enjoyed the film. If you like really really big magazines in your handguns, then this is the film for you – at least they attempted to reload in this flick, though.
I won’t get too in detail, but if you like dark films with some cool characters and decent action, you’ll enjoy this film. See, no spoilers!