Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Stephen Rea, Theo James and India Eisley.
Australian Release Date: January 26th, 2012
Australian Rating: MA15+
Underworld: Awakening is the fourth movie in the Underworld series and is set 12 years after the second film. In this time, not only are the Vampires fighting the Lycans, but they are both also fighting the humans, who have discovered their existence and have since that discovery conducted a number of purges against both groups.
After the prequel, Rise of the Lycans, it was fun and interesting to see how their warfare had evolved again, holding true to the nature of the original film. However, with only Selene (Kate Beckinsale) back from the original cast, it felt somewhat like a new story. The first three films tied up quite nicely as a story about the past and how things came to be. The first about Selene coming to terms with her personal history and of those around her, the second about the father of the races and each immortal son that was the first of their kind, and third was a straight telling of the start of the war. Now that that storyline has been finished, it becomes more about how each race endeavours to survive in the changing world. While this story isn’t as deep as the previous set, it is still interesting, and makes for an enjoyable film. Especially the ever so fun fight scene. Still as spectacular and tactical as ever… well, Selene anyway.
Kate Beckinsale was great as always. I love her in this role. But the rest of the cast is new. I found no significant flaws myself, and I especially appreciated the acting of Michael Ealy (Detective Sebastian) and Charles Dance (Thomas, the leader of a hiding coven). One thing did confuse me though, and I’m sure those who have seen the film will agree, I do not understand why Eve (India Eisley) had a British accent when she was raised by and more than likely only interacted with Americans. Otherwise, acting was not an issue, especially in this type of movie. Should I then state that the choreography of the fight scenes were done befittingly well? More than once did I cringe in sympathy, which also says something for the CGI in the fight scenes. Even the transformations worked well. The lycans in this series have never been known for their majestic looks, but they looked good. Which can also be attributed to the costuming in some scenes.
I enjoyed this movie a lot, and I can say with almost 100% certainty that if you enjoyed the previous films you will enjoy this one as well. It is full of action without foregoing the necessity of story to keep people interested in seeing the next instalment. I know I can’t wait.