Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Movie Mania - Underworld: Blood Wars

I admit I'm a sucker for the Underworld series. I have been since the first movie in 2003. It's been five years since the last installment. Blood Wars is the first installment from a female director. Unfortunately, the writing suffers from the same affliction as The Force Awakens--an incomplete story that depends too much on automatic fan love.

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1) The plot is a little more coherent than 2012's Underworld: Awakening. With the three oldest of the vampire Elders dead and Viktor's coven destroyed, the remaining vampires jockey for power. Some want Selene dead for betraying and killing her maker. Some want her to train their neophyte Death Dealers. And some know exactly what Selene's hybrid blood can do.

2) Kate Beckinsale still rocks as Selene.

1) As I said, the story felt very incomplete. It ended on a cliffhanger in much the same way The Force Awakens did.

2) The motivation for the two primary antagonists was practically non-existent. One of the pluses of the first three movie in the series was the personal, passionate reasons for both sides to take the paths they did. After that, power for the sake of power seemed rather petty.

This is one of those movies if you love the series, you'll enjoy it. Otherwise, you might want to wait for The Lego Batman Movie in two weeks.

As a superfan, I give this a 7 out of 10 stars.

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