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An immortal battle for supremacy.
|Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end.|
"It's Shakespearean in its political machinations and closer to "Saving Private Ryan" and "Starship Troopers" than to "Dracula" or "The Howling." William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...an old-fashioned monster flick decked out with Hollywood's full battery of high-tech visual effects. David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"...a well-constructed, convincingly scary world worth visiting. Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"...a truly interesting take on the whole vampires 'n' werewolves genre. Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A sleek action thriller! Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
Editor's NoteIn UNDERWORLD, a dark and Gothic monster action movie, vampires and lycans--an ancient form of werewolf--are at war. While the vampires inhabit a gigantic castle that houses their ancestor's tombs, the lycans live underground in a dilapidated sewer cave. Both teams are equipped with big guns, and they are constantly innovating deadlier bullets to gain advantage over each other. On the vampire side, the leather-clad death agent Selene (Kate Beckinsale) delegates teams of vamps to attack the lycans. But when she discovers that the lycans have kidnapped a human medical student, Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman), she knows the worst is on its way. Against the orders of her superior, Kraven (Shane Brolly), who is obsessively in love with Selene, she awakens the most powerful vampire of all time, Viktor (Bill Nighy) and prepares for a massive feud against lycan leader Lucian (Michael Sheen).Director Len Wiseman offers a tough, fast, and gory addition to the horror-fantasy genre with UNDERWORLD. Impressive special effects show the lycans transforming from humans to werewolves, and the lycans' ability to squeeze silver bullets out of their skin is also rudely fascinating. Beckinsale is captivating in the role of the lead vamp, with her leather corset, pouty expressions, and double-fisted pistols perfectly communicating the glam-action mood of the film.
Underworld - DVD Review
By: Annette Cardwell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/3/2009 5:39 AM
|Underworld’s trailer makes it looks wonderfully slick and dark in the tradition of The Matrix and Blade; but after seeing it, you’ll realize that everything that seemed dazzling was simply stolen and then abused – from its Dark Shadows-meets-Matrix costumes to its Blade weaponry to its Nine Inch Nails video backdrops. Nothing about Underworld is original; it’s a hackneyed, patched-together goth-kid fantasy that I’m convinced was written a 15-year-old boy who wears black eyeliner (think the Saturday Night Live skit “Goth Talk”)....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|David Bowie - Original Music By|
|James McQuaide - Executive Producer|
|John Frusciante - Original Music By|
|Len Wiseman - Director|
|Maynard James Keenan - Music By|
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